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Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.

Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.

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London, United Kingdom

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Women

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BBC

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Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.

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English

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Episodes

Weekend Woman's Hour: Beverley Knight, Melanie Sykes, Cinderella

11/27/2021
‘The Drifters Girl’ is a musical which tells the story of Faye Treadwell, one of the first Black women to manage a vocal group in the US. Singer and actor Beverley Knight plays Faye. We discuss the ongoing appeal of the Cinderella story with Faye Campbell who is playing Cinderella at York Theatre Royal and Dr Nicola Darwood who recently co-edited a new book with Alexis Weedon called Re-telling Cinderella: Cultural and Creative Transformations. On Tuesday Sikh Women’s Aid launched a report...

Duration:00:57:41

Woman's Hour: Weekend Woman's Hour: Beverley Knight, Melanie Sykes, Cinderella

11/27/2021
Actor and singer Beverley Knight on making her voice heard in the music industry.

Duration:01:00:00

Arwa Mahdawi, Cinderella & Sexual Harassment in Schools

11/26/2021
Do women make better leaders? If so, what can they teach us? Strong Female Lead - Lessons From Women in Power, a new book by the journalist Arwa Mahdawi, argues that a rigid and masculine model of leadership is not up to tackling the complex problems we are facing in the world today. Arwa says ‘If we want to save the world, it’s time we stopped telling women to act like men and started telling everyone to lead like women.’ She draws on the pandemic and beyond, to showcase the leadership...

Duration:00:57:00

Woman's Hour: Arwa Mahdawi, Cinderella & Sexual Harassment in Schools

11/26/2021
Arwa Mahdawi on strong women leaders and the ongoing appeal of Cinderella.

Duration:01:00:00

Fabric a hidden history of material. Sweden's first female PM. Domestic violence and femicide in Turkey.

11/25/2021
Do you ever pause to think about where the cotton t-shirt, woollen jumper or silk blouse you're wearing have come from? Victoria Finlay's new book Fabric weaves history, anthropology and myth to tell us the stories of different kinds of cloth, how they are made, why we wear them and the industries that have sprung up around them. As the Court of Appeal clears the names of seven former Post Office clerks who were convicted of false accounting, Pauline Stonehouse tells us about how she's...

Duration:00:59:42

Woman's Hour: Fabric a hidden history of material. Sweden's first female PM. Domestic violence and femicide in Turkey.

11/25/2021
Fabric a history of material. Post Office worker on clearing her name. DV in Turkey.

Duration:01:00:00

Sheila Rowbotham; Sikh Women's Aid; Stella Creasy; HOGO; Motherhood & elite sport

11/24/2021
Yesterday Sikh Women’s Aid launched a report into domestic abuse and child sexual abuse within the Sikh community. Conducted via anonymous surveys sent out over the summer, the survey of nearly 700 respondents showed that 70% had experienced domestic violence and 35% had experienced child sexual abuse or exploitation. To tell us more about this report and what can be done to help the issue, we're joined by the co-founder of Sikh Women's Aid and co-author of the report, Sahdaish Pall. Writer...

Duration:00:58:28

Woman's Hour: Sheila Rowbotham; Sikh Women's Aid; Stella Creasy; HOGO; Motherhood & elite sport

11/24/2021
Writer/historian Sheila Rowbotham and the women's liberation movement in Britain.

Duration:01:00:00

MP Caroline Nokes, Beverley Knight, Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai

11/23/2021
Last week, Caroline Nokes, former minister, Conservative MP and the chair of the Women and Equalities Committee - accused the Prime Minister's father of groping her 18 years ago at a Conservative Party Conference. Stanley Johnson has so far declined to comment on the allegation, saying he has no recollection of it. Caroline talks to Emma. ‘The Drifters Girl’ is a musical which tells the story of Faye Treadwell, one of the first Black women to manage a vocal group in the US. Singer and actor...

Duration:00:58:52

Woman's Hour: MP Caroline Nokes, Beverley Knight, Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai

11/23/2021
Beverley Knight plays Faye Treadwell, who managed the Drifters after her husband died.

Duration:01:00:00

Melanie Sykes, Menopause, Marching Midwives

11/22/2021
TV and radio presenter Melanie Sykes has just announced that she’s been diagnosed with autism at the age of 51. She says it's 'truly life changing, or rather life affirming… and so many things make sense’. She tells us more. Colin Pitchfork, the man who murdered and raped Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth but was released from prison recently, has been sent back to jail for breaking his licence conditions. We speak to the former Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland, who always maintained that...

Duration:00:58:05

Woman's Hour: Melanie Sykes, Menopause, Marching Midwives

11/22/2021
Mel Sykes on her mid-life autism diagnosis and how it all makes sense.

Duration:01:00:00

Weekend Woman's Hour: Stonewall, Pride & Prejudice (Sort Of), Parcopresis

11/20/2021
Nancy Kelley is CEO of Stonewall, the largest LGBT rights charity in Europe. She speaks about her organisation’s work and gives her reaction to recent high-profile withdrawals from Stonewall’s Diversity Champions workplace inclusion scheme, including the BBC. This week the cricketer Azeem Rafiq candidly described the racism he's suffered. We talk to the MP Naz Shah and Halima Khan who works in grassroots cricket about the impact of his testimony. For millions of families, the past 18 months...

Duration:00:57:40

The UK’s only female arm-wrestling referee Kath Whitaker

11/19/2021
What comes to your mind when you think of ‘arm wrestling’? Burly men taking each other on to see who’s the strongest in a testosterone charged atmosphere? Well now there is a woman at the heart of this sport in the UK. Kath Whitaker is the UK's only female arm-wrestling referee and is preparing to make her debut at the national championships in Birmingham this weekend. This week the cricketer Azeem Rafiq candidly described the racism he's suffered. No one could fail to be moved by his...

Duration:00:58:38

Cast of Pride & Prejudice (sort of); Nancy Kelley, CEO of Stonewall; Frida Kahlo

11/18/2021
Nancy Kelley is CEO of Stonewall, the largest LGBT rights charity in Europe. She speaks to Emma about her organisation’s work and gives her reaction to recent high-profile withdrawals from Stonewall’s Diversity Champions workplace inclusion scheme, including the BBC. Pride and Prejudice (sort of) is a sweary, anarchic reboot of the classic Jane Austen novel by Scottish writer Isobel McArthur, in which an all-female cast of five play all of the characters. Originally written for a summer...

Duration:00:58:32

Deputy Chief Constable Maggie Blyth; Britney Spears; Losing a parent young; Jane Austen's early work and Food and Memory

11/17/2021
Two months ago the then head of the policing inspectorate Zoe Billings warned of an “epidemic of violence” against women and girls. She urged police chiefs to “get a grip” of the situation and called for it to be given the same priority as terrorism threats. On her recommendation the Home Office and National Police Chiefs Council which represents the 43 police forces In England and Wales have now funded a new post to coordinate action on the issue and have appointed Detective Chief Constable...

Duration:00:58:09

Actor Rose Ayling-Ellis in Strictly; Tracey Neville; Rape as a weapon of war; She-cession; Photographing Angela Merkel

11/16/2021
Last weekend Rose Ayling-Ellis and her partner Giovanni Pernice danced part of their routine on Strictly with a silent section in tribute to the deaf community. Rose thanked her partner by saying "I feel very thankful for your determination to make this dance the most positive, happy dance, it can be, because you know that being deaf, there's nothing wrong, it's such a joy to be deaf". Rose, who normally stars in EastEnders, is one of many female deaf actors to grace our screens. Sophie...

Duration:00:58:59

Kirsten Dunst, 'Laddish' culture in the armed forces, Teacher Joanna Harriott, Shy bowel, Child to parent abuse

11/15/2021
Kirsten Dunst started in the acting business when she was just three years old - you may know her from films such as Marie Antoinette, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Virgin Suicides and Spiderman. She joins Emma to talk about her latest film - The Power of the Dog - written and directed by the award winning Jane Campion. Is there a 'laddish' culture within the British Armed forces? And is it necessary in order to prepare – mainly men - for armed battle and conflict? Emma...

Duration:00:58:08

Weekend Woman's Hour: Mary Robinson, Huma Abedin, Daddy Issues

11/13/2021
Mary Robinson, once President of Ireland and now the Chair of The Elders, has been at COP26 in Glasgow all fortnight. She explains why the climate challenge ahead is so emotional. The BBC has withdrawn from a workplace diversity scheme run by Stonewall. On behalf of the BBC, we hear from Rhodri Talfan Davies, who is Director of Nations and sits on the corporation's Executive Committee. Huma Abedin worked as Hillary Clinton’s private top aide and long-time advisor for 25 years. She was also...

Duration:00:57:33

Mary Robinson, Rose Tremain, Daddy Issues

11/12/2021
Mary Robinson, once President of Ireland and now the Chair of The Elders, has been at COP26 in Glasgow all fortnight. She explains why the climate challenge ahead is so emotional. Rose Tremain's new novel called Lily begins with a baby being abandoned by her mother outside a London park in Victorian London. She’s rescued from prowling wolves by a young police officer and Lily's life as a foundling child begins. It's a story of revenge and, as often with Rose Tremain's work, the setting might...

Duration:00:58:02