Woman's Hour-logo

Woman's Hour

BBC

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.
More Information

Location:

London, United Kingdom

Networks:

BBC

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House London W1A 1AA U.K


Episodes

Children and laughter, Lynsey Addario, Sikh divorce

11/13/2018
More
Why is laughter so important for a child’s development? What makes children laugh and what happens to their brain and body? Children’s author, Michael Rosen and Professor Sophie Scott, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL join us to discuss. At a recent London Assembly Police and Crime Committee meeting a Croydon councillor said preliminary findings in their research into the causes of rising knife crime show that maternal absence is also a very important feature. We get the views of...

Duration:00:49:49

The Michelle Obama Effect and Women in the Middle Ages

11/12/2018
More
As Michelle Obama releases her memoir Becoming, we ask what impact she has had on women around the world. A new BBC Four drama, There She Goes, focuses on the life of a family where Rosie, a nine-year-old girl, has a learning disability. We discuss the representation on screen of parenting children with learning disabilities. We also hear from a mother in Scotland who's just managed to get nappies for older children stocked in 450 supermarkets. She began campaigning 3 years when she couldn't...

Duration:00:58:12

Mary Portas, breast cancer scare stories, bullying in Parliament

11/10/2018
More
Mary Portas wants to encourage businesses to change the way they work and value collaboration, empathy, instinct and trust. She tells us about her new book Work Like A Woman. This week MPs met to talk about the bullying and harassment report delivered by Dame Laura Cox. Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons explains what needs to happen now to end unacceptable behaviour. Debbie Tucker Green’s latest play Ear for Eye explores the impact of race and racism in the US and UK. We...

Duration:00:56:48

Mary Portas - Work Like a Woman

11/9/2018
More
Mary Portas is well known for trying to turn failing businesses and high streets around and of course for her TV shows, but she’s also an established retail expert. . Her latest book is "Work Like a Woman" which she calls a “Manifesto for Change”. In it she encourages businesses to change the way they work and value collaboration, empathy instinct and trust rather than competitiveness and winning. Equal Pay Day 2018 is tomorrow. It means that women effectively stop earning relative to men...

Duration:00:48:55

'Ear for eye', Protest, Armistice Day, Power List, Sex education

11/8/2018
More
The government hasn't updated guidance on sex education for 18 years. In a law pushed forward by a group of cross party MPs in 2017 it promised to make relationship and sex education compulsory in every school in England for the first time. The consultation on its proposal closed yesterday and has been criticised by End Violence Against Women Coalition who say that it’s too “squeamish” to work. Their co-director Sarah Green joins Jenni to explain why and we want to know what you think. Many...

Duration:00:46:01

US midterms, breast cancer research, Iman Qureshi

11/7/2018
More
We discuss the outcome of the US midterm elections and what the results mean for women. Breast cancer research has been in the headlines this week, we hear about what we actually know, what research is yet to be done and what the best current advice is from Dr Emma Pennery, Clinical Director at Breast Cancer Care. Writer, Iman Qureshi talks about her new play, 'The Funeral Director'. And, Woman's Hour women in music power-lister, Sas Metcalfe talks about her career.

Duration:00:43:46

Parenting: Is Motherhood for You?

11/7/2018
More
18% of women in the UK are childfree at the age of 45, a higher percentage than in any other industrialised country except Spain and Austria (OECD figures). How are women making the decision about whether to have children or not, and what help is out there to help make it? Jane is joined by Dr Ginette Carpenter a lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and childfree and Beth Follini who is a life-coach specialising in this area who has one son.

Duration:00:16:24

Is motherhood for me? Bullying in the House of Commons, Crime writer Lilja Sigurdadottir

11/6/2018
More
Today the state pension age for women changes to 65. What are the historical reasons for the discrepancy with men? And what does the change mean for women today and in the future? Dame Laura Cox delivered her report into the bullying and harassment of House of Commons staff last month. Yesterday MPs debated the report and Parliament's response to it. Jane talks to Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons. 18 per cent of women in the UK are child free at the age of 45, a rate that is...

Duration:00:48:56

Carey Mulligan, Helen Oxenbury, Imogen Heap

11/5/2018
More
Carey Mulligan is in a new film called Wildlife. It's about an American couple in 1960. Their marriage is crumbling. Carey Mulligan plays the stay at home wife who unravels while her husband is working away from home. Carey joins Jane to talk about the film, as well as pay transparency and the MeToo movement. Helen Oxenbury is one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed illustrators of children's books ever. She's sold over 35 million books and one of her most famous is We're Going On A...

Duration:00:52:32

Weekend Woman's Hour: Dame Darcey Bussell, Body Positivity, Jodi Picoult

11/3/2018
More
Dame Darcey Bussell looks back at her career of over 20 years dancing in the Royal Ballet and tells us why she's passionate about promoting dance in state schools. We discuss the impact of ‘body positivity’ on social media to empower women of colour, disabled women and plus sized women to show acceptance of their bodies. Has the term been hijacked by the mainstream beauty and fashion industries? Imogen Fox the disability blogger, Rachael Sealy beauty and lifestyle blogger and Victoria Smith...

Duration:00:56:49

Does the NHS need #MeToo?

11/2/2018
More
The most senior woman doctor at the BMA says the NHS needs a #MeToo movement to deal with sexual harassment. The BMA have carried out a two year investigation into harassment and bullying in hospitals and have found that 4 out of 10 doctors who took part in the survey say problems like that exist where they work. Nineteen doctors were struck off by the UK General Medical Council for sexual assault or rape between 2014 and 2017. The author-illustrator Posy Simmonds has been delighting readers...

Duration:00:46:18

Parenting: Should parents be told if their children are struggling at university?

11/1/2018
More
Should parents be told if their children are struggling at university? A proposal has been put forward by the Higher Education Minister, Sam Gyimah, who says more attention should be paid to the mental health of students in universities. The institutions, he says, should act in loco parentis and students should be asked for permission to contact their parents or trusted person if they are facing a crisis. Jenni speaks to him, Dr Sophie Flemig, a personal tutor at a Russell Group University...

Duration:00:12:11

Jane and Ken Bruce at launch of BBC Sounds, Jill Soloway, Body positivity

11/1/2018
More
Jill Soloway, creator of the drama series, Transparent, talks to Jane about the inspiration behind the award-winning show, her growing understanding of trans issues and her own decision to identify as non-binary. Journalist Helen Russell uncovers varying, sometimes contradictory happiness concepts from 33 countries around the world. Body positivity is a social movement rooted in the belief that we should be more accepting of the way our bodies look. Social media has created spaces for...

Duration:00:53:13

Darcey Bussell

10/31/2018
More
Dame Darcey Bussell joins Jenni to look back over a career of over 20-years dancing in the Royal Ballet before becoming a judge for Strictly Come Dancing. She will celebrate her 50th birthday next year and will be sharing tales of her amazing career so far, the ballet, being photographed by Lord Anthony Snowdon and Mario Testino, flying in on a phoenix at the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games 2012 and why dance should be thriving in state schools. The use of Hormone Replacement Therapy...

Duration:00:43:10

Future Leaders, Jodi Picoult, Breast Cancer

10/30/2018
More
They’re called Future Leaders and they’re fifty of the brightest and best, according to The British Council. They’re in London this week for high-powered training and networking. They were selected from 16,000 applications worldwide. We talk to two of them: Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi from Nigeria and Shreya Nayak from Canada. Oluwaseun set up the Stand To End Rape Initiative after it happened to her. Shreya works to get more women involved in politics as well as getting them more...

Duration:00:51:34

Emma Clarke: the first Black woman footballer

10/29/2018
More
Gender dysphoria describes someone who experiences distress because their biological sex differs from their gender identity. It used to be more common among boys but has now become more prevalent in girls. Woman’s Hour looks at why there has been such a significant rise in the number of girls going to gender identity clinics. Emma Clarke is the greatest black female footballer you’ve probably never heard of. Playing in 1895, a contemporary of the world’s first black professional footballer,...

Duration:00:49:41

Jenny Graham, Teenage girls in India, Veteran servicewomen

10/27/2018
More
Jenny Graham has become the fastest woman to cycle around the world. She tells us what it’s like to be a female endurance cyclist. A new survey of 74,000 teenage girls in India has found that half of these girls are underweight with one in two suffering from anaemia. Rohini Mukherjee from the Naandi Foundation who carried out the survey and Suhani Jolata from the Myna Mahlia Foundation discuss. Should we change the age of consent and put a stop to child marriage in the UK? We hear from...

Duration:00:56:42

Why get married?

10/26/2018
More
Theresa May recently announced that both gay and straight couples will soon be able to choose between a marriage and a civil partnership, statistics show that marriage and divorce numbers are at an all time low and a recent survey showed a quarter of 18 to 24 year-olds think marriage vows should be renewed regularly like mobile phone contracts. So what does marriage mean today? Is it still a vital social institution, or simply a way to secure your financial assets? Tina Daheley explores...

Duration:00:42:59

Natascha McElhone in The First, Teenaged girls in India, Stacey Tang, Edith Eger

10/25/2018
More
Natascha McElhone is a British actress who’s been in The Truman Show, Designated Survivor and Californication. Now she’s in a new drama which is about going to Mars. It’s called The First. She plays a visionary aerospace magnate who’s strong and independent. She’s been on Woman’s Hour before, after her husband died very unexpectedly ten years ago. She was pregnant and had two young boys. Natascha returns to Woman’s Hour to talk about her new drama venture and her life now. A new survey of...

Duration:00:45:14

Power List composer and producer Anna Meredith, Tampon Tax, Eating disorders

10/24/2018
More
We meet Anna Meredith – Number 31 on the Woman’s Hour Power List 2018 and the composer of ‘majestic bangers’. Anna’s work brings electronic and classical music together and in to the mainstream, so it’s little wonder she caught the judges attention, for being a ‘brilliant and inspiring example’ for young women. If you belong to a not-for-profit organisation and work in the community and think a grant of up to £10,000 might be helpful, then why not find out if you're eligible for money from...

Duration:00:40:30