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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

Party dresses, workplace reforms, Papagena

12/18/2018
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This week the government introduces new legislation described as the “largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation”. What are they and what do they mean for the female work-force? Jane speaks to Kate Bell, Head of Economic and Social Affairs from the Trades Union Congress and to Matthew Taylor who carried out a review for the government into the modern workplace on which this new legislation is based. The five all-female vocal group Papagena sing music that spans nine centuries, from...

Duration:00:54:01

Drinking anxiety, Rose McGowan, Working in a care home

12/17/2018
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After a night out how do you feel? Anxious? Paranoid? The feeling of overwhelming guilt, stress and worry you experience the day after a drinking binge is called ‘hangxiety’. New research by UCL found that shy people are more prone to 'hangxiety' yet enjoy drinking because it helps them loosen up. Jane speaks to journalist Marisa Bate who's experienced it many times. We are hear from Dr Sarah Jarvis who gives us some tips on how to cope during the Christmas party season. In October 2017 the...

Duration:00:51:17

Natasha Gordon, Consent videos, Two-week wait after IVF

12/15/2018
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Natasha Gordon tells us about her new play Nine Night and how it feels to be the first black British female playwright to have a play showing in the West End. What difference does it make to have female MP’s and voters when it comes to improving women’s lives? We hear from MPs Nusrat Ghani from the Conservatives, Labour's Jess Phillips, Jo Swinson from the Liberal Democrats and Hannah Bardell of the SNP. We’ll also hear from Sarah Childs, professor of Politics and Gender at Birkbeck and Dr...

Duration:00:56:46

Woman's Hour celebrates 100 years since the first women voted in a UK election

12/14/2018
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December 14th is the 100th anniversary of the first time some women, an estimated eight million of them, were eligible to vote. It was also the first time that women were able to stand for election as a Member of Parliament. We’ll be celebrating these milestones in a special programme broadcasting live from Parliament. Jane Garvey will be joined by a panel of current women MPs and by an invited audience of past MPs, Youth Parliamentarians, academics and campaigners for change. We’ll be...

Duration:01:00:20

Natasha Gordon, Posh shops, Grandchildren

12/13/2018
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Natasha Gordon is the first black British female playwright to have a play on in the West End. She talks about her role as Lorraine in "Nine Night" which is all about family, food, music and a Jamaican mourning ritual. Online shopping is being blamed for the lack of footfall on the high street this year but Sue Elliott-Nicholls doesn’t do her shopping from her sofa. She loves nothing more than posh shops and browsing. She loves trying things on but not buying and occasionally quaffing...

Duration:00:45:23

Pauline McLynn, Breast cancer and older mothers, Salome Zurabishvili, Melissa Cole

12/12/2018
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New research shows that women who have children in their 30's have a higher risk of breast cancer. Jenni asks Dr Emma Pennery, Clinical Director at Breast Cancer Care to look behind the headline and put the study into context. In her new production of Dr Faustus at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London, director, Paulette Randall has cast the main roles of the menacing Mephistopheles and the Doctor as women. Best-known for her role as Mrs Doyle in the long-running comedy TV series Father...

Duration:00:41:50

Parenting: Mothers Bite Back

12/12/2018
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Some parents were outraged by an item they heard on Woman's Hour about grandmothers-to-be. What made them especially cross was the criticism of mums' use of phones and screens and the implication that parents were failing in their duties and not communicating with their children like in the good old days. Listener Lucy joined Jenni to share her experiences along with the parenting commentator Ellie Gibson from the Scummy Mummies podcast. What kinds of advice do they get from their elders and...

Duration:00:09:40

Columnist and Author Roxane Gay, 'Consent Videos', What Women Want From Support Workers

12/11/2018
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Roxane Gay is an American columnist and author. Her award-winning autobiography, Hunger, has been praised for opening difficult conversations around fatphobia and feminism. She talks to Jane Garvey about the politics of race, gender and sexuality - and how these things have impacted her life. What do women want from support workers when they access help with addiction, homelessness or other issues? Three former service users have been conducting research for the Commission on Domestic/Sexual...

Duration:00:49:44

IVF Waiting, Strokes, Craft Prize Winner

12/10/2018
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Trying to conceive should be happy but for couples struggling with infertility it can be a monthly rollercoaster of emotions. There's the pressure of having sex at certain times and then there's the dreaded two week wait after IVF to find out if you're pregnant. or not We hear what it’s like to keep trying for a baby for years and having to go through that two week waiting period repetitively. We speak to podcaster Izzy Judd and writer Katy Lindemann who've both experienced it as well as...

Duration:00:55:43

Actor Sharon D Clarke, Rotherham victim Sammy Woodhouse, Author Anna Freeman

12/8/2018
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The musical Caroline, or Change is now in the West End, continuing to provoke and entertain its audiences. We hear from its star Sharon D. Clarke There’s been story after story about arguments between The Royals. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markel’s relationship has been the source of many of the articles. Are they feuding, or aren’t they? Is it the media perpetuating a misogynistic storyline? Sammy Woodhouse was a victim of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and was 15 when she became...

Duration:00:56:51

Angela Merkel's Successor? Plus Baby Banks, Aimee Stuart, Supporting Support Workers

12/7/2018
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Angela Merkel has announced she is to step down after 18 years at the helm of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union, though will stay on as Chancellor for the rest of her current term. So who will replace her? One woman is up against two men – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been described by some as ‘mini Merkel’. We discuss her policies and what her chances are. Thousands of mums are turning to baby banks to feed and clothe their families and the numbers are increasing. Babybanks work like...

Duration:00:46:26

Grannies-to-be. SEN provision in schools. Neo-classical painter Angelica Kauffman reimagined.

12/6/2018
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Our four grannies- to-be, Rubina from Manchester, Erika from Bedfordshire, Angie from Nottingham and Rosemary from East Staffordshire talk about their anxieties around the birth of their grandchild. Angelica Kauffman was one of the founding members of the Royal Academy, which celebrates its 250th Birthday next week. Yet she’s not included in the famous paintings of those founders. So who was she? We discuss the life and impact of the neo-classical painter. A new Ofsted report claims that...

Duration:00:44:17

Media reporting of the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex

12/5/2018
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Some newspapers are reporting a feud between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex. But how much is this really the case? How much is it simply a made-up misogynistic storyline? We hear from Victoria Murphy, a journalist who has written royal stories for the Mirror and the political commentator Jane Merrick. New research from Contact, the charity for families with disabled children has revealed a sharp rise in disabled children going without vital therapies and equipment. This...

Duration:00:41:10

Sex and Gender: Sport, Child Neglect

12/4/2018
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Trans women are keen to share the social, health and intrinsic benefits of playing sport with other women. Trans women athletes can compete with women at international level, but many women feel that transgender sportswomen are at a natural physical advantage in any competition. We look at the arguments and the evidence about whether it’s fairer to include or exclude trans women from women’s sports. Jane is joined by Dr Beth Jones and Dr Nicola Williams The NSPCC has analysed police crime...

Duration:00:50:59

Sammy Woodhouse, Babies, Sex and gender

12/3/2018
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Sammy Woodhouse wants the law allowing rapists to have contact with their children changed. She started a petition last week and more than 200, 000 people have signed it already. Sammy was a victim of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and was 15 when she became pregnant by her attacker. She’s waived her anonymity twice: once about the rape, and now in connection with her rapist being offered the chance to apply for parental rights. She talks to Jane Garvey about her situation. Is all...

Duration:00:52:38

Mel B, Children and Gambling, Nuns

12/1/2018
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Mel B, or Melanie Brown, has been in the spotlight for over 20 years when she achieved global fame as “Scary Spice” from the Spice Girls. The group was the best-selling female band of all time. Since then she's embarked on solo music projects, has been a television presenter and has now published an autobiography called Brutally Honest. She talks to Jenni about her breathtakingly candid account of drug and alcohol abuse as well as painful relationships. You know what fruit machines are but...

Duration:00:41:42

Spice Girl Mel B, Dame Joan Collins unscripted, Live music from Freya Ridings as featured on Love Island

12/1/2018
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Melanie Brown, achieved global fame as ‘Scary Spice’ in the Spice Girls. In her autobiography "Brutally Honest" she talks about the painful relationships she’s had and why she thinks her friendship with the Spice Girls has stood the test of time. We look at why shapewear has grown in popularity and crossed over into the fitness community. We hear from mother and daughter Cheryl and Abigail Byron who were separated for two years when Cheryl served a prison sentence. How did they coped without...

Duration:00:53:36

Freya Ridings; Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; Kindertransport Anniversary & Child Refugees;

11/30/2018
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The UK has the 4th highest level of prenatal alcohol use worldwide, yet rates of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder are unknown. New research published by the University of Bristol today reveals some concerning statistics. Tina speaks to Dr Cheryl Mcquire who led the study and Jane, now 28, who wasn’t diagnosed with FASD until she was 14. Freya Ridings might not be a name you recognise, but you’ll have her heard her voice – her song Lost Without You has been in the top 40 chart since the...

Duration:00:41:28

Grandmas, Maternity leave, Prison, Forced marriage

11/29/2018
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Over a quarter of mums (27%) did not enjoy their maternity leave as much as they thought they would, according to a poll commissioned for The Emma Barnett Show on BBC Radio 5 Live. ComRes questioned over 1,000 women who’d been on maternity leave in the past ten years, and found that nearly half (47%) felt lonely while on maternity leave. Nearly one in five mums (19%) wished they’d gone back to work earlier, and two in five (41%) missed being at work. Jenni spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live reporter...

Duration:00:45:07

Parenting: When does gaming become gambling?

11/28/2018
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Fruit machines, betting shops and card games will be familiar terms to most people, but what about loot boxes? Or skin gambling? New research shows that 39% of 11-16 year olds had gambled in the last year. Guardian Games Editor Keza MacDonald and Dr Heather Wardle from the Gambling & Place research hub join Jenni to discuss when gaming becomes gambling. Where should parents draw the line? Presenter: Jenni Murray

Duration:00:08:33