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­In a world where we have experienced extreme isolation due to a global pandemic, we all have craved for a friend to talk to as well as something to do. This sparked the sensational movement of the “hot girl walk.” For those not familiar, a “hot girl walk” is where women put on their headphones and go on a walk using their time to not only exercise their bodies but also their minds through the world of listening to podcasting. What was once a rarity in social media has now become a global phenomenon.

The rise of podcasts in recent years is undoubtedly credited to their ability to make us feel like we are once again having conversations with a friend while also still taking necessary precautionary measures of isolation. The voices of women merely speaking through a microphone have illuminated a brighter and more accessible pathway for information to be conveyed to young women worldwide. However, I have found the hardest thing about the hot girl walk is deciding on what kind of genre of podcasting you want to listen to and then finding the right podcast series. As someone who has a podcast playing as soon as she wakes up, I have decided to compose a list of my top favorite podcasts right now broken down into five categories. That being said, here are the best women-hosted podcasts to listen to on your next hot girl walk.

Health and Wellness

If you’re in the mood to learn more about the psychological side of what is happening in your twenties and explore topics that every twenty-something-year-old is struggling with, look no further than “The Psychology of your 20s” hosted by Jemma Sbeg. Sbeg does an amazing job of picking topics that are relevant to real-world issues young women face and discusses the breakdown of psychological reasoning behind these experiences. This podcast gives the comforting notion of making us young women feel a lot more understood and gives clarity behind why things may be happening.

Secondly, I would recommend giving the “Feel Good Podcast with Kimberly Synder” a listen. Synder’s podcasts give powerful insight into living a healthy lifestyle while also covering topics regarding spirituality, beauty and empowerment. If you are in the mood to focus on building healthy habits and manifesting a more powerful way of life centered around wellness, then this is the right fit for you.

Money and Business

One of the hardest but most important transitions we will make as young women is transiting our financial responsibilities into our own hands. This is especially relevant in today’s society because I feel like many young women are not properly educated on how to begin to navigate taking care of their personal finances. Instead of learning about credit, taxes, money management or paying bills in school, we were just expected to “just know” how to do these things on our own. Don’t worry though, “Diversifying” hosted by money coach Delyanne Barros guides you through how to manage your finances as a person of color, woman or single person in America. In a system that has been run by predominately white men, Barros breaks barriers by helping minorities feel empowered through their money by engaging in conversations through a lens that most finance coaches leave out.

Additionally, “Financial Feminist” hosted by Tori Dunlap gives financial advice for women that breaks down her own personal experience of how she saved up $100,000 at 25 years old. If you are looking to save and invest money for your future, I highly recommend it.

News and Politics

As an International Affairs major, I pay a lot of attention to this category. As a woman in today’s society, it is important now more than ever to stay in the loop of politics. Bills and laws are changing all around us regarding our healthcare status and choices. Additionally, we must be able to engage in educated conversations to work towards positive change. A podcast to help stay in the know is ”TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.” These two women news anchors have their own television show, as well as their newly released podcast. They report on worldwide news to give you a more light-hearted yet informational way of receiving current events.

Another one that I just began listening to and highly recommend is “Archetypes” hosted by none other than Meghan Markle. The Duchess of Sussex discusses what is like to be a woman under the political eye who faces constant scrutiny. This podcast gives insight into how women are labeled, ostracized and sexualized in society. I think this is an important podcast for young women to listen to especially in college as we begin to transition into a male-dominated workforce to be aware of preconceived notions and situations that we may be subjected to face because of our gender.

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I am a senior at Florida State University majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Public Administration. A fun fact about me is I was born on Valentine's Day. I find happiness through small things like reading, listening to podcasts, and nature!