To celebrate International Women's Day, we're sharing fourteen female-driven podcasts to subscribe to. From 90s nostalgia and today's day pop culture to the highs and lows of parenting and the importance of caring for your mental health, these shows are perfect for #IWD.

1. Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast
Following on from the success of her self-help books; Owning It: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety and The Confidence Kit: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Owning Your Fear, Caroline Foran is bringing practical advice to the masses as she talks through why anxiety happens and how to own it.

Recommended episode: Real-Time Rescue for a Panic Attack

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2. Taranoia
Stand-up comedian Tara Flynn is bringing her own special brand of paranoia to the masses with her podcast Taranoia. From insightful interviews to comedic sketches, each episode is conversational, non-judgemental, and just a little bit wacky. It's a bit like getting a warm hug from the woman herself. 

Recommended episode: Childfree

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3. Beo Ar Éigean
An chéad phodchraoladh Gaeilge ó RTÉ ina bpléitear cúrsaí an tsaoil, ó ghrá go bás, lán le craic, spraoi agus gáire le Siún Ní Dhuinn, Áine Ní Bhreisleáin agus Sinéad Ní Uallacháin.

The first podcast in Irish from RTÉ, in which Siún Ní Dhuinn, Áine Ní Bhreisleáin, and Sinéad Ní Uallacháin discuss life's ups and downs, from love to loss, with lots of laughs along the way. 

Recommended episode: Grá, Gean agus Galentine's

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4. Up to 90
Hosted by stand-up comedians Emma Doran and Julie Jay, this podcast originally started as a way to look back at a nostalgic array of topics that included everything from celebrity scandals, girl bands, boy bands, murders, and toys of the 1990s.  

In the past year, however, it has evolved into a series of conversations between two gals talking about their lives, loves, the comedy scene in Ireland, the latest scandals to hit the papers and the biggest trends of the week.

Recommended episode: Muireann O'Connell

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5. The Good Glow 
In 2017, 32-year-old new mum Georgie Crawford was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having completed chemotherapy, and on receiving a clear scan, the radio broadcaster decided to start a podcast where she speaks with the country's greatest wellness advocates in order to inspire positive change.

Recommended episode: The Good Glow - Being King with Keith Walsh

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6. Mother of Pod
Every week, Jennifer O'Dwyer and Sophie White deliver a hilarious and highly relatable conversation surrounding the messy highs and lows of parenting. From 'dumb stuff we've done while severely sleep-deprived' to 'everything you didn't want to know about sex after babies', these ladies get into the gritty reality of raising kids.

Recommended episode: The Two Push Wonder and the Placentasaurous 

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7. Bandwagons
Have you seen the top trending hashtags on Twitter? Have you watched that viral video doing the rounds on Facebook? Are you all caught up on the latest celeb Instagram stories? If the answer to all of those questions is a resounding no, fear not. Fionnula Jay and Bríd Browne are here to get you up to speed on the watercooler moments everybody is talking about.

Recommended episode: Online Dating

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8. The State of Us 
Jane Casey and Roisin Linnie are bringing unedited, unfiltered, life chats to your earbuds. From sex and relationship issues and the struggle to keep in touch with your childhood friends to dealing with the subject of death and avoiding imposter syndrome, these girls discuss it all and have a bit of craic along the way.

Recommended episode: People Pleasing

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9. Dirty Laundry
In 2019, 2FM presenter, style icon and sustainability queen Tara Stewart set out to explore how the fashion industry ties into the climate crisis in her podcast series called Dirty Laundry.

The six-part series covered everything from the way we buy clothes, to what the future holds for influencers in the fashion space, and how the big brands are handling the climate crisis.

Guests included Roz Purcell, French designer Roland Mouret, Jump the Hedges founder Síofra Caherty, as well as Taz and Geraldine from Sustainable Fashion Dublin.

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10. How to be Sound
Rosemary McCabe talks to sound people so that she and her listeners can all learn how to be sound together. James Kavanagh talks twerking, Helen Steele discusses size-inclusivity, Gabriella Strano explains the curly girl method, and the hilarious Joanne McNally questions un-PC Halloween costumes. This podcast has a nicely diverse range of topics and all roads lead to lessons in soundness.

Recommended episode: Holly Shorthall on her BIG life changes

11. The Alison Spittle Show
Stand-up comedian Alison Spittle has a good aul chin wag with some of the entertainment industry's best and brightest performers including Sharon Horgan, David O'Doherty, Kevin McGahern, Tara Flynn, Neil Delamere, Emma Doran, Gearóid Farrelly - the list goes on, as do the lols.

Recommended episode: Tommy Tiernan

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12. Mothers of Invention
Former Irish President Mary Robinson and comedian Maeve Higgins may seem like an unlikely podcast duo but, in an actual fact, the combination of two fierce Irish women makes for unmissable listening. Mary and Maeve speak with game-changing women who are bettering the planet. Ideal listening for International Women's Day.

Recommended episode: Ghosting the Planet

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13. Untold with B Treacy
Across ten episodes, TV presenter Bláthnaid Treacy will present a series of enlightening interviews that will touch on a variety of challenging subject matter such as polyamory, dating/domestic abuse from both hetero and same-sex perspectives, adoption, mental health breakdowns, and the experience being trans in today's Ireland.

Recommended episode: Plyamory

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14. Grief Encounters
Hosted by Venetia Quick and Sasha Hamrogue, this weekly podcast series looks at an issue that affects us all and yet remains so difficult to talk about: grief. From explaining death to children and reflecting on the passing of celebrities to using humour as a coping mechanism and the intricacies of funerals, this show presents an open dialogue around the subject of death and all that comes with it.

Recommended episode: When Grief and Laughter meet with Gearóid Farrelly

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15. Let's Solve Nothing

Hosted by TV presenter Muireann O'Connell and stand-up comedian Joanne McNally, this series pulls on pop culture, local news and personal life experience (Joanne has plenty to spare), to discuss a range of problems from the careful balancing act of gift-giving to the awful artform of ghosting.  

Recommended episode: Selfies

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