Whether you are on the go, doing bits around the house or want a bit of escapism, podcasts are great to listen to as you go about your daily life. We have rounded up 8 of our favourite female-led podcasts for you to listen to in 2021. Happy listening!
1. The Happiness Lab
The Happiness Lab podcast is hosted by Laurie Santos, a professor at Yale University. Laurie teaches students about how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. This podcast is educational and gives little tips that people can incorporate into their everyday life to feel healthier in body and mind.
A must-listen for: All-things cognitive health
2. Where should we begin?
Where should we begin? hosted by Esther Perel, is a podcast that dives deep into romantic relationships. Esther Perel is a world-famous psychotherapist. The podcast takes place inside her therapist's office and follows along as she sits with anonymous couples in search of insight into topics such as infidelity, sexlessness and grief.
A must-listen for: Anyone who has ever loved
Hosted by Gwyenth Paltrow and Elise Loehnen, topics of conversation delve into shifting old paradigms and industry disruptors. The episodes feature a range of guests from leading thinkers to cultural changers. This podcast challenges social constructs and no topic is off-limits.
A must-listen for: Health, mindfulness, well-being, social justice
4. Deliciously Ella
Deliciously Ella is hosted by Ella Mills, a British food writer and entrepreneur. This podcast explores the world of health and wellness through a series of interviews with world-leading researchers, scientists and doctors. As a host, Ella brings about open and honest conversations surrounding mental and physical health with such compassion.
A must-listen for: All-things health, mental health, mindfulness and well-being
5. Saturn Returns
Hosted by Caggie Dunlop, Saturn Returns explores the challenges and opportunities that come with change and our individual quest for authenticity. Caggie and her guests dive into many topics aiming to bring calm and clarity during times of transition from body image to grief and loss - underpinned by the astrological transit known as your Saturn Return.
A must-listen for: Spirituality, mental health awareness, astrology, feminism
6. Happy Place
Happy Place is hosted British television and radio presenter, Fearne Cotton. Alongside various guests, from popstars to famous life coaches, Fearne articulates many difficult topics surrounding life, love, loss and guests reveal what happiness means to them.
A must-listen for: Mental health awareness, mindfulness
7. The Guilty Feminist
Hosted by comedian Deborah Frances-White, The Guilty Feminist is recorded in front of a live audience. Each week she aims to make feminism accessible to everyone and discusses what it means to be a feminist in 2021. The podcast delves into difficult topics and dissects the issues that women face today. Deborah and her guests perfectly balance these conversations with humour along with confessions of their own insecurities and hypocrisies.
A must-listen for: Female empowerment, feminism, humour
8. The Gurls Talk Podcast
Model and activist Adwoa Aboah hosts the Gurls Talk podcast. Her and her guests highlight a lack of understanding around complex issues and offer listeners the means to learn more. Adwoa and her guests reflect on their own experiences and cover topics such as mental health, sexuality, race and religion.
A must-listen for: Social justice, female empowerment, mental health