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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: Adopting Older Children

We hear from two parents about adopting older children, rather than newborns.

Duration: 00:15:53


As Theresa May returns this week from her summer break, how long can she continue as Prime Minister? Can she re-assert her authority within Cabinet and the party? And can she improve her image with the electorate? Jane is joined by the political journalist Isabel Oakeshott and Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor of the New Statesman. Can you stop a domestic abuser re-offending in just two days? A team at the University of Cambridge has concluded that a programme made up of two five hour sessions has...

Duration: 00:46:04

Disfigurement, Adoption, Darning

Disfigurement is defined as having your 'appearance deeply and persistently harmed medically'. But what if you hide a disfigurement? We hear from Sylvia Mac who has scars on her back, tummy and leg from a childhood accident. She used to cover them up, but not anymore. What's it like being a new mum when you don't have a new-born baby, but an adopted three or four year old? How easy is it to make friends with other families who have birth children and where do you go when everything doesn't...

Duration: 00:52:20

Emma Hatton as Evita

Emma Hatton, who stars in the latest production of Evita in the West End, performs 'Don't Cry for me Argentina. We discuss new help available to sufferers of endometriosis and their partners. Following the conviction of 18 people for abusing young women and girls in Newcastle after a two year investigation by Northumbria Police. we hear from two women at the forefront of the investigation, and from women in the community. Plus the musical theatre Producer Katy Lipson talks about her...

Duration: 00:53:03

Newcastle convictions, Partition, Wedding dresses

There's been another set of convictions for child sex abuse. This week in Newcastle and the men came from a range of Asian backgrounds. We've also seen it in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford, Bristol, Aylesbury, Peterborough and Derby. Today we get a sense of what women in the affected communities are saying and how they're feeling. We continue talking to women about the impact of Indian Partition on them. Two Hindu women, Krishna and Gul, born and raised in Karachi, were unaware of the...

Duration: 00:47:08

Evita, Operation Sanctuary, Woman's Hour archive, Women and radicalisation, Unworn wedding dresses

The musical Evita has returned to London's West End. The production marks the 65th anniversary of the death of Eva Perón. The actor and singer Emma Hatton talks to Jenni about what it's like to take on such an iconic role, and she performs one of the shows best known numbers live in the studio. Eighteen people have been convicted of abusing young women and girls in Newcastle as a result of a two year investigation by Northumbria Police. Operation Sanctuary began with just one complaint,...

Duration: 00:43:06

Gay parents

The LGBT charity Stonewall estimates there are more than 20,000 children in the UK growing up in families with same–sex parents. Changes in social attitudes, the law and medical technology mean that more gay people are becoming parents. Emma talks to Sarah Hagger-Holt, a lesbian mum of two and author of “Pride and Joy” and David Ledain, author of “Gay Dad” and also a father of two. Being knocked off your pedestal as a parent, that time when your children would rather be in their rooms...

Duration: 00:22:18

Cressida Bonas as Sonia Orwell

Last year more than 40% of maternity wards in England closed their doors to expectant mothers at least once. The figures, which have been obtained by the Labour Party, showed that was an increase since 2015. The Government has issued a statement in response saying that any closures are "well-rehearsed" and to suggest they were caused by staff shortages was "misleading". Emma Barnett is joined by Elizabeth Duff, Senior Policy Advisor at the National Childbirth Trust and Joanna, who gave...

Duration: 00:47:07

Endometriosis, Juliet Butler, Gay parenting

Women with Endometriosis and their partners can now get support and advice on coping with a diagnosis. Emma Barnett speaks to Nicky Hudson, Professor of Medical Sociology at De Montfort University whose research has lead to new online resources and couple classes soon to be run by Endometriosis UK. And a couple who have been dealing with the condition since the start of their relationship describe how it affects everything from their social life to sexual intimacy. Juliet Butler's debut...

Duration: 00:45:56

Melanin Millennials podcast duo Imrie Morgan and Satia Sa Dias. Singer Dianne Reeves. Author Kathy Lette.

Melanin Millennials is a podcast duo produced and presented by Imrie Morgan and Satia Sa Dias. They discuss their experiences of being young black women in the UK and the importance of their very honest conversations. With the recent 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act and events such as Pride all aiming to give the LGBT community a platform, we ask if bisexuals are being fully represented. Journalist and author Nichi Hodgson, the presenter of a new documentary 'Being Bisexual' and...

Duration: 00:56:47

Pelvic floor exercises; Disabled parents; Craft prize; Women's football; Wedding dresses

Our discussion on the use of vaginal mesh implants to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse prompted questions about pelvic floor exercises. How can daily care of your pelvic floor help the one in three women, and one in nine men who suffer from this often embarrassing condition? We hear from Elaine Miller, a physiotherapist who specialises in pelvic floor exercises, and uses stand-up comedy to get her message out to the public and other healthcare professionals. The...

Duration: 00:48:40

Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette talks about her new novel. Girls Night Out takes us from Puberty Blues to Menopause Blues, with tales of love, lust, sexist bosses, teenage-daughter-wrangling, ageing and toy boys. She'll also discuss the trials, tribulations and hilarity of raising a child on the autistic spectrum, from the time her son, Jules, came home from school with a sign sticky-taped to his back saying "Kick me I'm a retard" to his success playing Jason on Holby City. The Supreme Court has unanimously...

Duration: 00:41:01

Melanin Millennials, Miscarriage, Allegra Huston

Melanin Millennials is an award-winning podcast created by Imrie Morgan and Satia Sa Dias. Their target audience is black British women, and they say they don't hold back. They believe that British TV and radio doesn't appeal to women like them, and they're on a mission to do something about it. What do you say when someone's had a miscarriage? Even though miscarriage is the most common kind of pregnancy loss, a new survey shows that some people feel uncomfortable when a friend tells them...

Duration: 00:52:35

Patricia Greene on her 60th anniversary in The Archers

Patricia Greene on her 60th anniversary in The Archers listens back to some of her highlights from the radio drama. Hear how she feels about her character, Jill Archer, including Jill's recent transgressions and how much has changed since the 1950's.

Duration: 00:46:52

Late Night Woman's Hour: Activism

What does it mean to be an activist? From Greenham Common, to the Miner's Strike, to the Women's March, female activists have always had the power to shape the course of public debate. This month on Late Night Woman's Hour Lauren Laverne discusses activism's joys and tough choices with four women whose lives have been shaped - and threatened - by their activism. Nimko Ali underwent FGM aged seven and spent years trying to make sense of what was done to her, before a chance encounter...

Duration: 00:26:35

Daughters of prostitutes, Mothers Apart, Sarah Winman

We hear from the daughters of Mumbai sex workers about what it's like to live in one of the world's most infamous red-light districts and what it's like to have a mum who's a prostitute. Mothers Apart is a group in Huddersfield set up for women whose children, for many reasons, do not live with them. We hear from three mums about coming to terms with not having their children at home with them, as well as Siobhan Beckwith, who runs the project. Siobhan talks to Jenni about the mental and...

Duration: 00:44:47

Bethany Mota, How to tackle obesity, Patricia Greene, Dating with difficulties

Severe obesity is twice as common in women as it is in men. It costs the NHS billions every year and shortens life expectancy. So what is the government planning to do when it comes to policy and what can be done to tackle this on a personal level? It's sixty years since Patricia Greene made her first appearance on the Archers. All this week we talk to Paddy about how her character Jill has reflected changes in women's lives. Among the subjects covered today are motherhood, abortion and...

Duration: 00:48:11

Patricia Greene, Gender pay gap, Love Island

All this week we'll be talking to actor Patricia Greene about sixty years in the role of Jill Archer. We dip into The Archers' archive as far back as 1959 and discuss how her character has reflected changes in women's lives over time. Some of the BBC's most high-profile female personalities have called on the corporation to "act now" to deal with the gender pay gap. At the BBC the gender pay gap is 10%, whereas nationally that figure is 18%. So what is the situation like for women across...

Duration: 00:49:16

Holidays with other families and celebrating a female Doctor Who

Is going on holiday with another family ever a good idea? We discuss what works and why it can go wrong. Polly Neate has been the Chief Executive of Women's Aid for the last five years. Friday was her last day in that role. She talked about her time in the women's charity sector and how she believes attitudes towards domestic abuse have changed since she started. Jodie Whittaker has been cast as the first female Dr Who. So what impact has her casting made on fans of the programme? Joanne...

Duration: 00:56:34

Prison governor, Women's cricket, Craft, Polly Neate, Cook the perfect

Woman's Hour has gained exclusive access to the men's prison, HMP Risely in the North West of England, which is run by a woman Governor, Pia Sinha. Pia talks to reporter Siobhann Tighe about the challenges she faces, and what it is like to be a leader in such a male dominated environment. Polly Neate has been the Chief Executive of Women's Aid for the last four years. It is her last day in the role before she moves to head up the housing and homeless charity, Shelter. She reflects on her...

Duration: 00:44:04

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