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Woman's Hour brings you the big celebrity names and leading women in the news, with subjects ranging widely from politics to health, law, education, arts, parenting, relationships, work, fiction, food and fashion. Presented by Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey.

Woman's Hour brings you the big celebrity names and leading women in the news, with subjects ranging widely from politics to health, law, education, arts, parenting, relationships, work, fiction, food and fashion. Presented by Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey.
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Woman's Hour brings you the big celebrity names and leading women in the news, with subjects ranging widely from politics to health, law, education, arts, parenting, relationships, work, fiction, food and fashion. Presented by Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey.




Parenting: First Aid

What do you do if your child has an accident at home, in the park or in the road? Jane is joined by Tracey Taylor, the First Aid Education Development Manager for the Red Cross and Sam Wilcox, a paramedic to find out what it's like to meet people for the first time in an emergency scenario, plus to discuss the latest advice for you and for your child should something unexpected happen.


Miss Holland, Confidence, First aid, Rani Hong

Rani Hong was born in Kerala, India, but was kidnapped when she was seven and sold first into slavery, and then into adoption. She now works as a special advisor to the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. She speaks to Jenni about her life to date. In her new series of shorts, comedian Eline Van der Velden brings her alter-ego, Miss Holland, to Great Britain. The self-proclaimed 'world's most popular beauty queen' wants to know what makes Britain British - from spray tans, to...


Working fathers, Coercive control, The Silent Child

The Government must reform workplace policies to ensure they meet the needs of the 21st century family and to better support working dads in caring for their children, say MPs from the Women and Equalities Committee. Jane talks to Frank Young, head of the family unit at the Centre for Social Justice and Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families. In her powerful memoir, 'Look What You Made Me Do', Helen Walmsley-Johnson describes how she was coercively controlled by two different men...


Choreographer Aletta Collins, Gender pay gap, Life with disfigurement, Suffragette in the family

Aletta Collins is one of the UK's most versatile choreographers, working across ballet, theatre, music videos and opera. She talks to Jane about her latest project Coraline which opens soon at the Royal Opera House, her career and women in the profession. With the deadline for companies to report the pay differences between their male and female employees looming we look at what happens next with Rebecca Hilsenrath, Chief Executive of Equality and Human Rights Commission, who are responsible...


Weekend Woman's Hour: Nudinits, Rooney Mara and cook the perfect Lingurian Farinata

The Woman's Hour Craft Prize is on tour. Two crafters Lesley Jones of the Embroiders Guild and Sarah Simi the creator of the knitted village Nudinits tell us about their work. We hear about Sally Challen who was jailed for 22 years for the murder of her husband, Richard. Earlier this month she was granted permission to appeal that sentence and she will use coercive control as a mitigating circumstance. We hear from her son David and from her solicitor Harriet Wistrich. Rooney Mara tells us...


Cook the Perfect, Sally Challen Appeal, Feminising Philosophy

Food writer Claire Thomson views the larder, store cupboard, pantry or shelf as a crucial part of good home cooking. In her new book, 'The Art of the Larder', she encourages stocking ingredients that will help people cook creatively and thriftily. She joins Jenni in the studio to Cook the Perfect...Ligurian Farninata with Red Onion and Black Pepper. In 2011, Sally Challen was jailed for 22 years for the murder of her husband Richard. Earlier this month she was granted permission to appeal...


Lizzie Kelly, Hot flushes, Teenagers, Home Front, Abortion

The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is well underway and we will be speaking to Lizzie Kelly, who this week became the first female professional jockey to win at the meeting. Jenni talks to her about that winning race, preparation for what's next and the role of women in the sport. A new class of experimental drugs reduces hot flushes in menopausal women by almost three-quarters in just three days. The treatment was tested by scientists at Imperial College London. The senior author of the...


The inner lives of doctors. What can you allow your kids to do and when? And how money is marketed at women.

Have you ever looked at your doctor and wondered what she or he is really thinking? Are they happy? Fulfilled? Stressed? What is your doctor's life like away from the surgery or hospital? How much does their day to day job, their training and colleagues affect their mental well-being? The psychologist Dr Caroline Elton joins Jenni to talk about what she learnt from years of working as an occupational psychologist for doctors, what she witnessed firsthand about doctors' work-lives and some...


Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene, Child sexual exploitation, Poems in tribute to women of Scotland

Calls are being made for a new inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford, Shropshire following allegations that up to 1000 children could have been abused there over a period of forty years. We hear from the Conservative MP for Telford and a solicitor specialising in child abuse cases. Rooney Mara plays Mary Magdalene in a new film. What do we know about one of the most misunderstood figures in history? Lily Bailey cannot remember a time when she did not experience distressing...


Ruth Ellis, Woman's Hour Craft Prize Tour, Maizi Li, Grassroots politics and the gender gap

Jane Garvey is joined by Dr. Monica Poletti from Queen Mary University London whose recent research examined the number of men and women who are members of political parties and why. What do women want and need when it comes to their politics? What turns them off or makes them shout from the roof tops for change? Lucy Fisher, The Times' Senior Political Correspondent also takes part. And another in our series about young people at risk of getting into trouble and the people trying to help...


Weekend Woman's Hour: Grenfell campaigners, Menstrual cups, Lies we tell our kids

Four women fighting on behalf of the survivors of Grenfell. The co-founder of Justice for Grenfell, Yvette Williams, Lucy Masoud - Treasurer and Head of Discipline for the London Fire Brigade Union, Eileen Short, Chair of Defend Council Housing and Clarrie Mendy-Solomon whose cousins died in the fire. Sheila Hancock talks about playing Maude in the play Harold and Maude and how she copes with the gruelling performance schedule. We discuss the lies parents tell their children with the...


Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Motherhood and War, Winter Paralympics

The Black Lives Matter movement started with a hashtag and resulted in an international outcry against police brutality in the United States. Patrisse Khan-Cullors is one of three female founders of the campaign, she joins Tina to discuss her work and new memoir 'When They Call You a Terrorist'. A hundred years after the end of the First World War, a government-funded community project is commemorating the mothers who lost their sons during the conflict. Virginia Crompton from Big Ideas...


Nadine Benjamin, Aid abuse, China, Off the Rails

Soprano Nadine Benjamin grew up on a council estate in Brixton and, after school, got a job with a brokerage firm in the City. But her music teacher had told her that she had the potential to sing opera, so she left her job to give that dream her best shot. Hailed by Opera Now magazine as 'one of the top ten sopranos destined to have impressive careers', she is playing The Countess in English Touring Opera's Marriage of Figaro. Now continuing our series Off the Rails. Candy Huxham has been...


Forgotten female composers, Women and Grenfell, The lies parents tell

The death toll for the Grenfell Tower disaster now stands at seventy-two. Many of the community members who leapt into action to help with emergency shelters and missing loved ones were women. They continue to lead many of the campaigning groups in the ongoing fight for justice for survivors. Tina Daheley is joined by four members of the Women for Grenfell Network who will be appearing on a panel at the Women of the World festival this weekend. They are Yvette Williams, co-founder of...


Parenting: The Lies Parents Tell

Psychologists say tell your children the truth in times of crisis. Talk to them in simple, age appropriate language and answer their questions. But most parents will admit that the odd white lie creeps in, in ordinary day to day life. Maybe it's more than the one odd lie... What kinds of lies have you told your children? Why did you do it and what were the consequences? Are you the product of a parent who didn't exactly speak the truth? Tina talks to Dr Chris Boyle, a psychologist at...


The Truth About Women's Bodies

The Wonder Down Under: we bust some of the myths surrounding vaginas. Nina Brochmann and Ellen Stokken Dah have written a comprehensive guide to female genitalia in order to counter the taboos around discussing vaginas and a lack of good sex education. They join Jane to reveal the truth about women's bodies. Off The Rails: the next in our series about young people on the verge of getting into trouble and those who try to pull them back from the edge. Yesterday we heard from Nequela whose...


Sheila Hancock, Celebrities and Politics, Young People on the Verge of Trouble

Sheila Hancock at 85 is still treading the boards nightly. She plays Maude in the latest theatre adaption of the 1970s cult classic, Harold and Maude. She talks to Jane about how she copes with the gruelling performance schedule, being the oldest person to climb a remote mountain in Scotland, and why she's excited by the MeToo movement. At the Golden Globes the attendees wore black, at the Grammy's they wore white roses. The day after the Oscars we discuss what difference, if any, it makes...


Weekend Woman's Hour: Joan Baez, Teens and Xanax, Kate Figes

As Joan Baez prepares to embark on her last formal tour she talks about the highlights of her career and performs Diamonds and Rust. We hear from Paul, a teenager, about what it's like to take the drug Xanax and why he decided to take a drug that he hadn't been prescribed. His mum Dawn describes the impact of his drug taking on their family. A woman being held at Yarl's Wood detention centre tells us why she's striking against the system of immigration detention. We also hear from Gemma...


Self-care, Centenary cities, Female DJs

What does it mean to take care of yourself? Does it mean becoming super healthy, taking loads of exercise and radically altering your diet? This is what journalist Decca Aitkenhead spent last year doing. Or is there a gentler, kinder way of giving yourself the care that you need as Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips suggest in their new book, Self-Care for the Real World. Decca, Nadia and Katia join Jenni to discuss. Five million pounds has been set aside by the Government to celebrate...


Joan Baez on activism, Author Kate Figes

As Joan Baez prepares to embark on her last formal tour, she looks back on a life of music and activism. And she performs The President Sang Amazing Grace a track from her first original album in a decade, Whistle Down The Wind, which is released today. The journalist Kate Figes was writing her latest book about life stages, this time focusing on midlife as she approached her 60th birthday, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She talks to Jenni about the experiences that resulted in...


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