Best Women’s Websites
Ever since I was little, I have devoured “lifestyle content.” Going into town with my pocket money stuffed into my (probably thrifted) bag and buying the latest magazines was a frequent occurrence in my youth. As I got older, and the content industry shifted to the web, my reliance on magazines dwindled (slightly) and the number of women’s websites/blogs I read daily increased by a gazillion percent. These days, I buy specialty magazines (Monocle, Darling, etc.) and have the Apple News+ subscription, which gives you access to many of the more “mainstream” publications. However, the web is still my primary source of lifestyle content. I mean, you have all the knowledge you need at your fingertips.
Being a woman is a complex thing, and I love the fact that there is a wide array of publications that create space for our diverse interests and needs. Here are twelve of (in my humble opinion) the best women’s websites that I go back to time and time again – covering everything from health & wellness, fashion & lifestyle, and career & finance.
Health & Wellness
MindBodyGreen. This site covers all aspects of wellness, from mindfulness to movement, beauty to the planet. Brimming with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, mindbodygreen is always my first stop for tips and information on clean, green living. If you are interested in learning more about the world of wellness, they also offer online classes and training programs led by experts from around the world.
Blood + Milk. Menstruation, intimacy, body image, birth control & abortion, fertility, pregnancy & birth, menopause – Blood + Milk covers it all. And they do it really well. Think long-form editorials and empowering information. I mean, their mission is to “consider and expose the physical, physiological, emotional, spiritual, psychological, social, political, cultural, and economic forces that influence the way women exist in their female bodies while striving for wellness.” I LOVE THIS SITE. Pretty sure I bookmark and send friends at least one article a week.
The Chalkboard. Founded by the team behind Pressed Juicery, The Chalkboard covers everything natural health. Their advice is accessible and makes shifting to a natural lifestyle a lot less overwhelming.
Beauty & Fashion
Into The Gloss. The OG beauty website, Into The Gloss, is always a fun read. I am nosy, so I love the interviews and the Top Shelves (read Emma Watson’s re: clean beauty). I think they do an outstanding job of showing various approaches to beauty, and the writing is always top-notch.
Man Repeller. Leandra has been making me howl with laughter since I was in high school, and while I (selfishly) wish it was still just her personal blog, I enjoy the unique perspectives that the site gives a platform to. Plus, the team has proven that “an interest in fashion doesn’t minimize one’s intellect.” Something I will forever get behind. The content is sort-of all over the place these days, so I am a bit more selective with what I read, but I think they shine in their fashion-week recaps.
Atelier Doré. Possibly the chicest woman on the planet, the French photographer, illustrator, and author Garance Doré is at the helm of Atelier Doré, a lifestyle site that “values the quiet, embraces the slow, and delights in style and beauty.” The content is different from anything else I see on the web (must be the je ne sais quois), and everything is just classic and beautiful.
The Cut. A leading resource for politics and current events, The Cut (part of NYMag) is a high-quality publication that covers pretty much everything that women are discussing and thinking about at the moment. You don’t have to choose between shopping tips or career advice, social justice causes, or reality tv updates; The Cut covers it all. However, I particularly enjoy their culture and power coverage. Yes, I want to see photos of Bieber & Baldwin’s wedding, then read about a ’70s feminist book, before rounding off with an article about a Moroccan journalist jailed for an abortion she says she never had. This site allows that to happen.
Bitch Media. The voice of contemporary feminism, Bitch Media is a welcomed (and much needed) response to mainstream media and popular culture. Covering culture, health, life, politics, and science (as well as two fantastic podcasts: Backtalk and Popaganda), there is almost nothing that Bitch Media doesn’t have a say about. Recent articles (that I loved) include “The Feminist Underbelly of the Dogsledding World,” “What is Travel Writing Without the Other?“, and “The Rise of a #MeToo Movement Outdoors.”
Brain Pickings. Okay, men can very much enjoy this site as well; but, Maria Popova is such a gem that her one-woman labor of love deserves a place on this list. Her writing spans across literature, science, art, philosophy, and various other aspects of human thought and feeling. After years of reading, I still learn something new with every post and eagerly await the intellectually-stimulating weekly newsletters.
Career & Finance
The Everygirl. This site covers everything, but I especially like their articles related to career and finance. They take scary topics (finding your leadership style, SEO practices, and asking for a raise) and write them in a way that helps us rather than makes us turn away. Whether you are beginning your career, looking to make a significant change, or want to enhance your working hours or relationship with money, there is undoubtedly content here to help you evolve.
Career Contessa. No matter what industry you work in (or want to work in) or what stage you are in your working life, Career Contessa is overflowing with resources and tips to help you make the most of it. There are hundreds of interviews with women in various fields, inside scoop on companies, and articles spanning career fit, job search, career growth, money, and work/life balance. If that wasn’t enough, they offer webinars, one-on-one coaching, and online courses. This is the BEST resource – make the most of it!
Girlboss. Sophia Amoruso and her Girlboss team are on a mission to change the game for ambitious women. And they are doing that through their events, podcasts, professional networking platform (currently in beta), and their content. Generally, their articles only take a couple of minutes to read. But they are filled with insight and help you to feel a little less alone in your ambition.
Now, I want to know! What do you think are the best women’s websites?
Let me know in the comments below!
+ For more female-focused media, check out these podcasts.