Brilliant podcasts by women that will inspire you to do great things

These are our favourite podcasts by inspiring and amazing women. Give them a listen, then take on the world...
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  • Podcasts are a complete life-line. Not only do they make doing the washing up/ironing/weeding the garden much more bearable, they're a silver lining during a packed commute, the perfect remedy when we're struggling to nod off.

    And with their rise in popularity have come some truly inspiring podcasts for women, from both new and established voices.

    These amazing women will bring a whole new dimension to your commute, workout or sunbathing session. They’ll definitely make you think. These brilliant podcasts for women might even change your life…

    Our favourite podcasts for women, created by amazing females

    Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

    Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for abandoning her comfortable, middle class life to travel across Italy, India and Indonesia. But you needn’t go that far: borrow a little of Elizabeth’s boldness by listening to her weekly podcast, which aims to awaken your inner artist. She interviews innovators, influencers and creative souls from all walks of life, ranging from pastors to playwrights.

    Appearance Matters: The Podcast!

    Hosted by appearance researchers Nadia Craddock and Jade Parnell, the official podcast of the world-leading Centre for Appearance Research is a must-listen for all women. Nadia and Jade explore the latest evidence on how modern life affects body image, delving into everything from yoga to breast cancer, social media to surgery, online dating to diet culture.

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    How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

    Elizabeth Day is on a mission: to teach us to celebrate the things that don’t go to plan. Each week she interviews a different guest, diving headfirst into their biggest failures – and what they taught them about success. She’s grilled everyone from Andy McNab (who was arrested for burglary and withstood six weeks of torture in Iraq before becoming a bestselling author) to Korean ‘super-monk’ Haemin Sunim.

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    There were many reasons why I loved being the inaugural guest on @cheerfulpodcast’s Book Club, talking all things How To Fail. The first was that @ed_miliband was an excellent interviewer and had properly read the book and now I’m a fully paid-up Milifan. The second was that he told me he’d had to take the jacket off his copy of the book when he went with his family for lunch at Dishoom. They were queuing up for a table outside and he worried that if someone took a photo of him reading a book with ‘How To Fail’ written upside down on the cover, it would be the bacon sandwich all over again 😍 Listen wherever you get your podcasts or swipe up on the link in my stories! ———————————————— #reasonstobecheerful #podcast #howtofail #howtofailwithelizabethday #interview #memoir #milifan #edmiliband #writersofinstagram #bookclub #bookshelf #amreading #bookstagram

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    Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

    Feeling lost? Oprah’s here to help. In her podcast, she interviews thought leaders, health experts and authors on awakening, discovering and connecting to the deeper meaning of the world around you. Each episode covers key issues around identity, purpose and finding spiritual fulfilment. Cue lightbulb moments all round.

    The Broad Experience

    British-American journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte says her fortnightly podcast about women in the workplace is ‘a combination of interviews and storytelling’. Rightly called ‘important’ as well as ‘fascinating’ by listeners, it covers topics like working through menopause and how to juggle your career with caring for an ageing parent.

    Woman’s Hour

    Hosted by legendary presenters Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey, BBC Radio 4’s iconic Woman’s Hour radio programme is now available to download as a daily podcast. The show dishes up a female perspective on everything from workwear to infidelity, lipstick to true crime.

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    Do you love true crime? Have you seen #AbductedinPlainSight? #LeavingNeverland? #MakingaMurderer? Do you listen to #Serial? Why are we consuming so much of the genre? And is the guilt we feel about it part of the appeal? On Monday's special programme, @JaneGarvey23 talks to Julia Davis, editor of Crime Monthly, criminologist Dr Gemma Flynn, former police officer Jacqui Hames and podcast co-host Rachel Fairburn. You can listen to the discussion on @bbcsounds 🎧 We've also published an article rounding up our guests’ thoughts on why many women love true crime. Click on the link in the bio to read the 5 reasons! Do you like true crime? Let us know in the comments below 👇 . . . #truecrime #crime #bbcwomanshour #womanshour #eastermonday

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    Midlife Mixtape

    A humorous, heartfelt celebration of midlife, set to ‘a really good beat’, Midlife Mixtape is presented by Nancy Davis Kho, author of The Happiness Project. She speaks to a huge range of inspiring fellow GenXers, from Everychild Foundation and Giving Circle founder Jacqueline Jacobs to happiness expert Jonathan Rauch, dispensing hard-won wisdom on empty nesting, finding meaning and redefining success.

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    Experience 50: The Podcast for Midlife

    Mentor and multi-million-dollar entrepreneur Mary Rogers describes herself as ‘proudly middle aged’. But she’s also the first to admit that she doesn’t know it all. She created Experience 50 to teach fellow 50-somethings all the ‘grown up’ things they should probably already know (but don’t). She covers everything from sugar, alcohol and gut health to dealing with dark days and how to do a ‘midlife pivot’.


    Forever35 presenters Kate and Doree discuss the big stuff – caring for yourself during a divorce and carving out your own version of success – as well as the little things that count for a lot – books, films and skincare tips. Featuring a new guest host each week, it’s an uplifting exploration – and celebration – of the way things take on new meaning as we age.

    Fit‘n Fifty Plus

    Presented by researcher Jennifer Gale, Fit’n Fifty Plus gives you the nitty gritty lowdown on getting – and staying – fit and healthy as a woman over 50. Jennifer grills experts and special guests on everything from the effect of menopause on your brain to what to look for in a wearable device. There’s even a bit of tantric sex thrown in for good measure.

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