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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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Playwright and actor Athena Stevens, the Irish abortion referendum, BBC Women's Footballer of the Year.

Playwright Athena Stevens joins Jenni to talk about her new play, in which she also star, Schism, which has just opened at the Park Theatre in London. It maps the 20 year relationship between failed-architect Harrison, and student Katherine, examining the imbalance in power between men and women and disabled and non-disabled people, and the impact it can have on relationships. The Eighth Amendment was introduced In Ireland after a referendum in 1983. It gives a woman and a foetus equal...


Anita Dobson, the 'Seduction Community', Feminist Finance

Actor Anita Dobson plays an uptight matriarch in her new play, 3Women, by comedian Katy Brand. She discusses what the play says about being a woman today, and reflects on her 40 year career and never escaping Angie Watts - the Eastenders character that made her famous. Plus, the 'seduction community' - the world of men who think they can learn to attract women through training and practice. There's an industry of seminars, guidebooks, and tutorials, and a lot of money to be made from...


What is it about Fortnite? A Feminist Government in Wales?

First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, leader of the Welsh Government is pledging to make it feminist despite the fact he'll be standing down from the post in the Autumn. He outlines his plans to review the Welsh Government's gender equality and women's right's policies. Almost a year to the day, a suicide bomber let off a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert. 22 people were killed and hundreds were injured. One of those who died was Martyn Hett. His mother, Figen Murray, talks about the impact...


Weekend Woman's Hour: Conservationist Sacha Dench. Domestic abuse and young women. Feminist Germaine Greer.

Conservationist Sacha Dench tells us about her long distance flight following the migration of the endangered Bewick Swans, for which she was awarded the Britannia Trophy. Photo Credit WWT Why is there still a gulf between how hard you work and what you can achieve in your career if you are a Black and Minority Ethnic woman? Feminist and author Germaine Greer talks about the revised edition of The Change, Women Aging and the Menopause, which she first published 20 years ago. The campaign to...


The explosion in creative and colourful hair trends

Grey hair, pastel hair, 'hidden rainbow' hair... In the last few years there has been an explosion of creative and colourful hair trends, which have taken Instagram by storm. Why is there such a demand for 'rebellious' unnatural hair colours, or is creative colour becoming normalised? Sophia Hilton is the owner of Not Another Salon in Brick Lane, London is behind several of the creative hair trends. Sophia explains the reality behind these Instagram hair 'transformations'. A week today...


Recy Taylor, Eggs, House of Gold, Weddings

How long should a woman be allowed to store her frozen eggs for potential future use? The UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 states that all gametes can be stored for up to 10-years, but for medical egg and sperm storage it can be extended to 55 years. Should the law be extended for all women? Recy Taylor was a 24 year old black mother who was raped by six white men in Alabama in 1944. Civil rights activist Rosa Parks took up her case and it triggered an unprecedented outcry for...


Surviving the Rwandan Genocide

Clemantine Wamariya on surviving the Rwandan genocide at age six after being separated from her parents. She and her 15 year old sister spent six years crossing Africa in search of safety, eventually finding their way to the US, where she earned a degree from Yale. Now a human rights advocate, she joins Jenni to talk about her experiences, which she has written about in her book, The Girl Who Smile Beads. Black, Asian and minority ethnic women in business: what are the barriers to success,...


Parenting: Street violence

How do you talk to children about street violence? How do you explain what they are seeing on the news and what advice can you give them about staying safe? And, what’s the right age to approach the topic? Emily Beever is the senior development officer at Youth Link, the national agency for youth work in Scotland where deaths through knife crime have fallen. Lorraine Jones has been involved in youth and community work since her son died in a stabbing in London three years ago. They spoke to...


Germaine Greer, Rita Coolidge, Children and Weddings

Germaine Greer talks about the menopause. Her book, The Change: Women Ageing and the Menopause first came out over twenty years ago and has now been fully revised and updated. You'll probably know that Woman's Hour recently did a whole series of programmes on the menopause and the response was overwhelming. Our own survey showed that nearly three quarters of the women we spoke to said they didn't have a strong understanding of menopause before they experienced it. It's just one of the...


(B)old with Zandra Rhodes & Jude Kelly, Young People and Domestic Violence

The latest ONS Crime Survey revealed that young women were the age group most likely to experience domestic abuse with an estimated 11% of 16-19 years old having experienced it in the last year. Jane speaks to three young women, now in their twenties, who talk about what happened to them in their first serious relationships. (B)old is a festival at the South Bank Centre in London profiling artists aged 65 years and over. South Bank artistic director Jude Kelly and fashion designer Zandra...


Weekend Woman's Hour: Step Change on their new show Fusion, Exam stress, Gynaecological health

The inclusive dance company Step Change put on its first Latin and Ballroom dance inspired showcase this week bringing together disabled and non-disabled dancers from a wide range of dance backgrounds. We hear from Founder Rashmi Becker and Adrienne Armorer a wheelchair dancer. In just under two weeks time the Irish people will have a referendum on the 8th amendment of the Constitution - a piece of law which gives equal rights to a pregnant mother and a foetus meaning that abortion is only...


Mellisa tells us 'How Fat Feels'

The BBC's been exploring attitudes to weight and healthy living in a series of programmes. When we asked the Woman's Hour audience 'How Does Fat Feel?' lots of you got in touch. In the second in our series' How Fat Feels' Mellisa talks honestly about why she insists on calling herself fat and how her weight shapes her life. 'Some days I use my fat as armour, some days it's like a shroud' she says. Today, Ena Miller talks to Mellisa about getting the joke in first and feeling hyper-aware of...


Ellen von Unwerth, Male suicide, ZooNation, Christina Patterson

On May 7th, the Coronation Street character of Aidan Connor, played by Shayne Ward, took his life. Along with the writers and production team at Coronation Street, Ward has worked closely with the Samaritans to ensure the storyline was handled sensitively and realistically. Jenni talks to Lorna Fraser, the Samaritans' advisor to UK media on the responsible portrayal of suicide and Jen whose brother took his life 14-years ago. The German fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth has captured...


Parenting: Exam stress

As teenagers prepare for the start of GCSE exams, any parent’s aim is to help their child get through with a minimum of anxiety and panic. So what is the best way to be supportive without putting on unnecessary pressure? Jenni talks to Dr Anna Colton, a chartered clinical psychologist, Matthew Burton, now a deputy head teacher and known as Mr Burton in the Channel Four series Educating Yorkshire, student Charmaine who is in the 6th form and Aimee who is 18 and in her first year at...


Coping with exam stress, Below-the-belt cancers, Women councillors

It's exam season and while to be nerves are to be expected, exam stress can cause crippling anxiety and stress, leaving some young people unable to eat, sleep or function normally let alone revise. Last year the phone counselling service Childline revealed that the number of calls they received about exam stress had risen by 11 per cent in two years. What can parents do to help? Figures released last year revealed that just over a third of councillors were women in England, up only five...


Agony Aunts, Katy Morgan-Davis, Women as Councillors,

Now that we can google everything do we still need agony aunts to push us in the right direction and offer us comfort and advice? In 2013 Katy escaped a communist cult in south London after 30 years in captivity. The story made headlines around the world. But what was most shocking is that Katy was born into the collective. it was all she had ever known. Five years on, Katy has written a memoir about her life, Caged Bird. Only 33% of local councillors are women. We've been following 2...


Women in Retail

Headlines talk of the death of the high street and over 21 000 retail jobs have been put at risk so far this year. Toys R Us have shut down, Maplin have filed for administration, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and New Look are closing stores. The announcements keep on coming. So what does this mean for women, who make up the majority of shoppers and retail workers? Retail is a highly female sector. Women are involved in 90 per cent of all purchase decisions, and of the almost three...


Weekend Woman's Hour: Folk duo Anna and Elizabeth, Churchill Fellowships

The folk duo with a banjo, Anna and Elizabeth, perform a song from their new album: the invisible comes to us. We discuss solutions to stopping online abuse and hear from Charley Hough and Jackie Teale two victims of trolling as well as Isabella Goldie the Director of Development at the Mental Health Foundation and Baroness Warsi who herself has been trolled. Is the role of Minister for Women and Equalities taken seriously enough? Following Amber Rudd's resignation Penny Mordant takes on...


Who will be the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year?

Five players have been shortlisted for the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2018 award, and voting is now open. We speak to BBC Sport presenter Sarah Mulkerrins about the nominees, and changing attitudes towards women's football. We continue our look at Ireland's referendum on abortion coming up on May 25th. People will be asked if they want to change the law: vote YES, and you want to change the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which states that a pregnant mother and a foetus...


Anna & Elizabeth, Fat, Slavery

Anna & Elizabeth are a folk duo with a banjo, Virginia roots and a catalogue of traditional ballads, but their latest album, 'The Invisible Comes To Us' is much more than a classic folk record. They join Jenni to discuss creating music with geographical history, and working together despite a 500-mile distance. 21 million women and men are trapped in modern day slavery, estimates the charity Stopthetraffic.org. Of these, approximately 4.5 million are sexually exploited. Anna was one of...


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