From Serial to The Nerdist, podcasts have never been more popular, or more influential. Just this summer through the help of evidence uncovered by Rabia Chaudry’s ‘Undisclosed: The State vs Adnan Syed,’ Syed was granted a new trial to help clear his name in the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee.
But Chaudry isn’t the only woman making an big impact on the digital airwaves.
Every week Sophia Amoruso, the founder of fashion retailer Nasty Gal and writer of the New York Times bestseller, #Girlboss, speaks with influential women from a wide range of sectors, from charity foundations to cosmetic companies.
Discussing these women’s first jobs, their failures, and how they got to where they are today, Amoruso exposes her listeners to business, financial, and life advise from successful women, that for years has gone under the radar.
Amoruso’s honesty about her failures, her struggles creating Nasty Gal, and her growth gives the podcast an approachable and attainable tone that encourages women to take charge of their lives and be their own #girlboss.
Amoruso’s second book, Nasty Galaxy, comes out later this year, and keep an eye out for the Netflix produced show, Girlboss, coming in 2017 based on Amoruso’s life.
Hosted by former The Daily Show correspondent, Jessica Williams, and comedian, writer, and actress, Phoebe Robinson, 2 Dope Queens is an hilarious podcast that is part commentary of the two comedian’s lives that week, and part standup comedy showcasing up and coming comedians.
This podcast not only destroys the ridiculous notion that women aren’t funny, but it also gives a much needed voice to hilarious black women.
Although currently on summer break, bonus mini episodes have been released every week, featuring content not previously heard on the show.
Phoebe Robinson is dominating the podcast world this summer, going solo in her latest show, Sooo Many White Guys.
Not only is it hosted by the hilarious Robinson, it’s also produced by the yaasss kween herself, Ilana Glazer.
If you hadn’t noticed by the title of this podcast, Robinson is done with all the white guys getting all the attention and, through this podcast, is giving some of the attention to us women, as well as men of colour.
Robinson uses a touch of comedy and real life experiences to interview her childhood heroes, comedians, and friends, on racial topics from childhood experiences, to the current political conditions facing America.
But don’t worry, at the end of the series she will have one token white guy on the podcast.
Plus it includes hilarious/disturbing voicemails from Glazer, what more could you want from a podcast.
Robinson’s book You Can’t Touch My Hair, comes out later this year.
If the title of this podcast sounds morbid to you, that’s because it is, but stick with it.
I’ve always had a secret interest in serial killers, unsolved crimes, and murder mysteries, and I loved Serial and Making a murderer, so when I listened to the first episode of My favorite Murder, I became obsessed.
Every week Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark share with each other their favorite murder they have researched that week, while also sharing their favorite home town murders listeners have sent into them.
You’re probably thinking “what’s feminist about this?”
Well it just might be the most feminist podcast I’ve ever heard.
Every week these two women tell stories of what led to these murders, how some victims survived, as well as their own near misses.
But not only that, their tagline “stay sexy, don’t get murdered” is super feminist.
Going against the norm of victim blaming, these women encourage their fans, the majority of which are women, to keep doing you, and keep being alive while doing it.
No more “she shouldn’t have been wearing that,” “she shouldn’t have been walking alone,” “why was she by herself?”
Kalgariff and Hardstark mix comedy, cautionary tales, and real life crimes and created a podcast that gives a narrative to the victims of crimes that no longer blames them but their killers.
The hosts teach their listeners to go against what they’ve been taught and what society expects of them as women, and to instead, when they’re in an uncomfortable situation that might endanger their life and safety, to “fuck politeness” and get the hell out of there.
Plus the survivor stories are filled with female empowerment.
Remember, Stay Sexy, Don’t Get Murdered.