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Topical subjects in the news affecting women around the world from BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey present news, views, interviews and discussions from a female perspective. Woman's Hour brings you the big celebrity names and leading women in the news and subjects range widely from politics to health, law, education, arts, parenting, relationships, work, fiction, food and fashion.

Topical subjects in the news affecting women around the world from BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey present news, views, interviews and discussions from a female perspective. Woman's Hour brings you the big celebrity names and leading women in the news and subjects range widely from politics to health, law, education, arts, parenting, relationships, work, fiction, food and fashion.
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Topical subjects in the news affecting women around the world from BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey present news, views, interviews and discussions from a female perspective. Woman's Hour brings you the big celebrity names and leading women in the news and subjects range widely from politics to health, law, education, arts, parenting, relationships, work, fiction, food and fashion.

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Episodes

Women in Men's Prisons, Glasgow Strike, Women Cyclists

10/22/2018
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Training to be a prison officer takes 12 weeks. Meet Sally, who's the third woman in our series. She describes the training and explains why she's so excited to start work in a men's prison. It's estimated that more than 8,000 workers will strike on 23 and 24 October in Glasgow. That's according to the GMB and Unison. For more than a decade a dispute has raged over equal pay for women workers who are caterers, cleaners and care assistants. They say they're paid less than male workers who do...

Duration:00:51:08

Actor Sally Field, Raising mixed-race children, Decluttering your home

10/20/2018
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The actor Sally Field tells us about her challenging childhood and her rise to fame. In some areas in the UK, children outnumber adopters three to one. What is it like to be adopted? We hear from Zara Phillips a musician and author of Somebody’s Daughter and the comedian and broadcaster Jon Holmes who's written about his experience in ‘A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man.’ The award winning director Marianne Elliott best known for War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night...

Duration:00:56:46

Conductor Sofi Jeannin, Adoption Week, Women comedy writers

10/19/2018
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French-Swedish Choral Conductor Sofi Jeannin has a career of firsts – the most recent being her appointment as Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers. As she prepares for her first concert in the role tonight, she joins Jane to discuss getting women into professional positions, and the impact she hopes to have. In a district of northern Afghanistan, education for girls has been halted beyond the age of 12 and many girls’ schools shut down. It’s since the Taliban took control of Qadis, in...

Duration:00:51:38

Trainee prison officers, Menopause, Decluttering

10/18/2018
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Being a prison officer is a tough job. In the second of our three part series about why some women want to do it, we speak to Calypso who's 24. She's just completed 12 weeks of training at Newbold Revel, the largest prison officer training centre in England and Wales. With the average female life expectancy of a woman in the UK now being 83 , many women will live half to one third of their lives post menopausal. On World Menopause Day which is focusing on sexual well-being, Tina talks to...

Duration:00:44:32

Sally Field, #MeToo Africa, Female prison officers

10/17/2018
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Academy-Award-winning actor Sally Field on her challenging childhood, her rise to fame from playing Sister Bertrille in the 60s’ American sitcom the Flying Nun to starring in countless Hollywood hit films including Norma Rae, Lincoln, Forrest Gump and Mrs Doubtfire and her love affairs, including with her Smokey and the Bandit co-star, the late Burt Reynolds. Female prison officers... we find out about the training they receive and the pressures the job can put them under. We're given very...

Duration:00:40:20

Gender Recognition Act Consultation

10/16/2018
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The Government is consulting on reforming the Gender Recognition Act. It's asking how well current legal processes work when someone wants to change gender and what should be done. The consultation has generated a huge amount of debate. Some feminist groups argue it threatens the legal protections women enjoy to women-only services and against sex-discrimination. Transgender campaigners argue that a change in the law would protect them from an intrusive process involving medical diagnosis....

Duration:00:49:01

Director Emma Rice on Wise Children and Angela Carter

10/16/2018
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Wise Children is not only the name of artistic director, Emma Rice’s new theatre company but the title of her first production currently showing at the Old Vic. She explains why her passion for all things Angela Carter have led to the adaptation of Carter’s novel as a stage musical, why its arrival has taken twelve years and why it’s a ‘love letter’ to theatre’? A year ago, the #MeToo movement began. It followed allegations of sexual misconduct around the film producer, Harvey Weinstein....

Duration:00:45:18

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jo Brand, Political history, Sian Brooke

10/16/2018
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Award-winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won this year’s Pen Printer Prize. Given to a writer for an ‘unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world’ and one who shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination... to define the real truth of our lives and our societies, Chimamanda joins Jenni. The comedian Jo Brand left home at 16, worked as a psychiatric nurse before making it as a stand-up and becoming a regular on Have I Got News for You, QI and Bake Off: An Extra Slice. All that life...

Duration:00:44:47

Wally Funk, Caesarean Birth Worldwide, Marianne Elliott, Sarah Stennett

10/15/2018
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Caesarean sections have doubled around the world since 2000. New research published in the Lancet says 60 per cent of countries overuse C-Section. We talk to the the authors. CEO of First Access Entertainment, Sarah Stennett, is number 17 on the Woman's Hour 2018 Power List that celebrates the top 40 most successful women having an impact on the music we're listening to. Sarah talks about her business and developing the talent of her artists. Sue Nelson has written a book, Wally Funk's Race...

Duration:00:55:16

Weekend Woman's Hour: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Plastic-free periods

10/13/2018
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The award winning writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells us about winning this year’s Pen Pinter Prize and why she believes author have a duty to call a lie a lie. The BBC’s Scotland Editor Sarah Smith explains the challenges Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is facing now. How can women and girls have plastic free periods? We hear from City to the Sea founder Natalie Fee about reusable menstrual products and from Jasmine Tribe an environmental science graduate about the extent of the...

Duration:00:57:37

Parenting: Tokophobia, the fear of childbirth

10/11/2018
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At the British Science Festival in Hull last month, a lecturer in midwifery said ‘You just have to google childbirth and you’re met with a tsunami of horror stories... if you go on to any of the Mumsnet forums there are stories of childbirth... ooh it was terrible, it was a bloodbath... I wouldn’t say social media is leading women to be afraid of childbirth, but it is playing a part.’ Is she right? Jenni spoke to Marie Louise, a midwife who works in Cornwall and posts stories on Instagram as...

Duration:00:09:05

Women and fabric, Student mental health, Homelessness, Plastic-free periods

10/10/2018
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Fabric has woven its way through the building of civilisations. Kassia St Clair, design journalist and author of The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History tells us about women's role in the weaving of cotton, silk, linen and wool. The Higher education minister Sam Gyimah says universities should ask students at enrolment for their permission to contact a parent or other trusted person if they are facing a mental health crisis. But as 18-year-old students are adult, and learning to live...

Duration:00:41:56

Women of the civil rights movement, SNP conference, Kavanaugh confirmation

10/9/2018
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American civil rights activist Jean Stallings is one of the women who features in a new exhibition at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, we hear from her and from the curator Carrie Supple. Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon addresses her party conference today, the BBC’s Scotland Editor, Sarah Smith explains the challenges Nicola Sturgeon is facing and how she’s handled them so far. We ask what happens now Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in to the US Supreme Court? What...

Duration:00:48:26

Min Jin Lee, Domestic Violence Deaths, Issie Barratt

10/8/2018
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Min Jin Lee's Pachinko has been in the New York Times bestseller list for the past 30 weeks. The novel tells the story of four generations of a Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself across eight decades and four generations. A coalition of academics, victims' families and campaigners are calling for better reporting on deaths involving domestic violence. Feminist campaign group Level-Up has developed media guidelines for outlets to...

Duration:00:50:33

Weekend Woman's Hour - Jacqueline Wilson, Samosas, Young women poets

10/6/2018
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Dame Jacqueline Wilson will be telling us about her new Tracey Beaker novel twenty-six years after her first appearance in a book. We hear from the writer Leta Hong Fincher about the feminist movement within China. Two bereaved fathers Paul Williams and Adam Powsney tell us about how they were affected by the loss of their babies. The Conservative MP for Faversham and Kent, Helen Whately, tells us how the party is working to get more women involved in Tory politics. Romy Gill the first...

Duration:00:56:45

Victorian women boxers in 19th-century London, Women running mosques, Feminists in China

10/5/2018
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Women boxers in Victorian London is the subject of a new play at the Southwark Playhouse. The Sweet Science of Bruising shows the powerlessness of women in their everyday lives versus the control they have in the ring. Jane talks to the writer, Joy Wilkinson and actor, Jessica Reagan. Involving women in decision making, equal facilities for praying and running mosque is the focus of a six-month programme developed by the Muslim Council of Britain to train 20 women to take on leadership...

Duration:00:51:37

Feminist fairytales, the impact of baby loss on partners, Romy Gill

10/4/2018
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To most people a ‘fairy-tale’ will suggest the 200-year old works created by Hans Christian Andersen or the Brothers Grimm, or more recently, the magical world of Disney. How many of these popular tales have a named woman character with a success story that doesn’t relate to a man? How many were created by women? Jenni is joined by the authors Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Jessie Burton to talk about why they are choosing to re-write fairy-tales and create a new folklore to address the lack of...

Duration:00:45:12

Poets: Charly Cox and Nikita Gill, Premature babies and crocheted octopuses, Scarlett Curtis

10/3/2018
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Thursday is National Poetry Day and this year’s theme is ‘change.’ Jenni speaks to two young, female poets about how they are using their work to challenge societal norms and spark difficult conversations. Nikita Gill’s poetry focuses on female empowerment and Charly Cox writes about mental health. What do the deaths of four high profile Iraqi women in the last few months tell us about the current situation for women there? Jenni is joined by Belkis Wille, Senior Iraq and Qatar Researcher at...

Duration:00:40:49

Jacqueline Wilson, Tory conference, Mental health and school children, Suffrage in Pakistan

10/2/2018
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Twenty six years after her first appearance in a book, Tracy Beaker is back. She is now a single mum and the story is told from the perspective of her nine-year old daughter, Jess. The mother and daughter duo live in a tower block on a council estate in London. Jess has been bullied at school and her mum has a new boyfriend. Jane is joined by the author, Dame Jacqueline Wilson to bring us up to date with her new book ‘My Mum Tracy Beaker.’ She talks about bringing back her character as an...

Duration:00:51:19

Parenting: Jacqueline Wilson, Mental Health

10/2/2018
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26-years after her first appearance in a book, Tracy Beaker is back. She is now a single mum and the story is told from the perspective of her nine-year old daughter Jess. Dame Jacqueline Wilson, author of the Tracy Beaker series joins Jane to bring us up to date with her new book ‘My Mum Tracy Beaker’. Today every secondary school in England will be given resources 'We all have mental health' to help encourage children to speak out. From the autumn of 2020, all children of school age will...

Duration:00:30:56