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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

Weekend Woman's Hour: Lea DeLaria, Pregnant women in prison, Sikh divorce

11/17/2018
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Comedian, actress, activist and musician Lea DeLaria - famous for playing Big Boo in Orange is the New Black - tells us about her homage to David Bowie. We hear about a new health initiative in England for women that will focus on disease prevention across three stages of our lives. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price and Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists talk about the plans. The American photojournalist Lynsey Addario, described as one of the...

Duration:00:56:49

American comedian, actor, activist and musician Lea DeLaria

11/16/2018
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Comedian, actress, activist and musician Lea DeLaria is famous for playing ‘Big Boo’ in ‘Orange Is The New Black’ but she made her name as the first openly gay stand-up on a late night show in America. She joins Jane in the studio to talk about her jazz homage to David Bowie, being butch and the importance of rage. This week an Irish politician held up a pair of knickers in Parliament. Ruth Coppinger did it to protest at the way a teenage girl was treated in a rape case. The lawyer for the...

Duration:00:49:06

Comedian Jessie Cave. Author Cath Staincliffe. Power List 2018; Amber Davis A&R Director at Warner/Chappell

11/15/2018
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Jessie Cave is a comedian, cartoonist and actor and best known for her role as Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter films. She talks about her new play Sunrise, about moving on from a painful break-up and dating again as a single mother. Women serving time in English prisons are not getting the proper medical care when they are pregnant according to a study. We hear from the researcher Dr Laura Abbott, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Hertfordshire and Naomi Delap, Director of...

Duration:00:45:35

Parenting: Children and laughter

11/14/2018
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What makes children laugh, what happens to their brain and body, and why is laughter so important for a child’s development? Jane is joined by the children’s author, Michael Rosen and Professor Sophie Scott, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL.

Duration:00:16:17

Phyllis Logan on Patricia Highsmith, Improving women's healthcare, Child carers

11/14/2018
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We discuss plans to improve women's heath with Health Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price and Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Phyllis Logan is playing the late Patricia Highsmith, famous for her Ripley series of psychological thrillers, in play by Joanna Murray Smith. They discuss bringing the famous writer to the stage. We look at the lives of child carers and explore the challenges they face. And, we hear about Dorothy Wordsworth's place in the...

Duration:00:41:47

Children and laughter, Lynsey Addario, Sikh divorce

11/13/2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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