The Women's Podcast

The Women's Podcast


Podcast by The Irish Times


Ep 98 Women In Construction & Caroline Criado - Perez  

Picture a construction worker and you probably don't see a woman. The Construction Industry Federation is trying to encourage more females into the sector, so here at The Women's Podcast we decided to shine a light on some of the women who are already there. In this podcast you'll hear from Krystyna Linkofska, Tara Flynn and Catherine Murphy - three female bosses in the building trade. Later on in this peisode, we hear from the feminist writer responsible for getting a woman on an English banknote for the very first time. Caroline Criado Perez is a self confessed #nastywoman and she spoke to Irish Times journalist Elaine Edwards in London recently.

Ep 97 Spring Fashion with Corina Gaffey & Women in STEM  

In this episode we are talking about clothes. G-strings, Bum Bags and Crocs are all on the catwalks for Spring. We speak to Irish Times fashion columnist Corina Gaffey about these frightening trends, as well as some much more pleasant ones. We'll also talk about the transformation of some of our favourite retail outlets, including the very swanky Dunnes Stores. In the second part of the podcast we bring you the first in our Women in STEM series, which sees our co-producer Jennifer Ryan sit down with some women who are trailblazers in the science and technology fields.

Ep 96 Shamrockery In The USA & Harriet Harman  

It's St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, or St. Patty's Day if you're in the US, so we get the lowdown on what's happening Stateside with our woman in Washington Suzanne Lynch. Also in this episode, Kathy Sheridan talks to Labour MP Harriet Harman about her memoir, A Woman's Work, which details her life and career as a champion for women's rights.

EP 95 This Looks Bad & International Women's Day  

Waking the Feminists has caused ripples in all sorts of ways and part of the impact has been to inspire younger women in theatre to make things happen for themselves. Síofra O'Meara, Grace Fitzgerald and Bláithín Ruadh came in to talk to us about founding Kill the Cat Productions, their new theatre company and their first play they're putting on at Smock Alley Theatre, This Looks Bad. Also in this episode, it was a big week for women last week and we bring you a taste of what happened on International Women's Day with a report by Jennifer Ryan.

Ep 94 Sex in your 50s, 60s, 70s & beyond...  

Do you balk at the idea of 80 year olds having sex? Well you shouldn't. Studies show that those having intimate relationships into older age live happier, healthier lives. In this podcast, Kathy Sheridan speaks to Baroness Sally Greengross from the UK's International Longevity Centre, who wants to dispel myths around sex and relationships in later life. She was joined by Professor Rose Anne Kenny of the Irish Longitudinal study on Ageing at Trinity College who said she believes intimacy in older age should be promoted by medical professionals as part of a healthy lifestyle. Also in studio for this episode was Irish Times columnist Hilary Fannin, who was interested to know why some 80 year olds are having more fulfilling sex than many 50 year olds.

Ep 93 Tuam Revelations & Unmarried or Single Mothers Today  

In this podcast we talk about how women are treated by society and institutions in Ireland today in the context of revelations from the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes concerning Tuam. Last Friday, the commission announced that “significant” quantities of human remains had been found buried under the site of the former institution for unmarried mothers run by the Sisters of the Bon Secours in the Galway town. Irish Times Social Affairs Correspondent Kitty Holland and columnist Hilary Fannin, joined Kathy Sheridan to discuss the very sad story and spoke about what has changed for unmarried or single mothers since then.

Ep 92 Gender Pay Gap & Hidden Figures  

Why is there a gender pay gap and how can we fix it? In Ireland the difference between the earnings of men and women is now 14.8% and it has widened in the past five years. Orla O'Connor of the National Women's Council and Trayc Keevans of Morgan McKinley Ireland joined Kathy Sheridan for a discussion on the issue, looking at why a gender pay gap exists and what can be done to tackle it. Also in the podcast, Jennifer Ryan went to London last week for a screening of the film Hidden Figures, hosted by IBM. She also spoke to inspiring women working in STEM careers and asked them how important role models are in inspiring other young women to shoot for the stars.

Ep 91 The World Congress on Women’s Mental Health  

The 7th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health is being held in Ireland next week. Hundreds of delegates from all over the world will attend the event, which is co-hosted by the National Women’s Council and Trinity College, at the RDS in Dublin. With that mind, in this episode we discuss the issue with two women who have gone through mental illness – BethAnne Linstra-Klein and Lucy Watmough – and Professor Veronica O’Keane from Trinity College who is an expert in perinatal depression. For more information on the The World Congress on Women’s Mental, which runs from 6th to the 9th of March at the RDS in Dublin, go to

Ep 90 Pro-choice priest Broderick Greer  

Broderick Greer is an Episcopalian priest based in Memphis, Tennessee who recently wrote an article for Teen Vogue about his pro-choice views. He spoke to Róisín Ingle about his fundamentalist religious upbringing, how his sexuality shaped his Christianity and why he believes the Christian approach to those who need abortions is to say: 'I love you, I trust you'.

Ep 89 Strike for Repeal Debate & Deplorable Dresses  

The motion at this year's The Irish Times Debate was: ‘This House believes the women of Ireland should strike to repeal the Eighth Amendment’ In this episode we bring you highlights from the winners: Leah Morgan of the Solicitors’ Apprentice Debating Society of Ireland in the individual category, along with Aisling Tully and Dara Keenan from UCD who took the team prize. There is also an excerpt of a speech delivered by Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone, who chaired the debate. Also this week, much was made of a dictat issued by Fusion Ball in Kilkenny recently aimed at teenage girls attending the disco. It featured pictures of what organisers deemed “deplorable dresses” which they said would be banned. Journalist Arlene Harris has strong views on the issue – she spoke to Kathy Sheridan.

Ep 88 Female Founders & Alexandra Heminsley Leaps In  

With the Dublin Tech Summit taking place this week, the Women's Podcast shines a light on women in tech. Louise Dunne and Aisling Teillard are two entrepreneurs who availed of the NDRC Female Founders fund. They spoke to Jennifer Ryan about their experiences and the particular challenges faced by women leading digital startup companies. Also on the podcast, author Alexandra Heminsley spoke to Róisín Ingle about overcoming her fear of water to becoming a seasoned, hardy open sea swimmer.

Ep 87 Making the first move & 20th Century Women  

Have you ever made the first move when it comes love or romance? Or do you prefer to hang back and let it happen? Host Kathy Sheridan has a Valentine's chat with writers Sarah Maria Griffin and Amy O'Connor and Women's Podcast producer Roisin Ingle about the joys and challenges of being pro-active when it comes to initiating a relationship. And as 20th Century Women starring Annette Bening hits our screens, Anthea McTeirnan talks to women about the feminist themes in the film.

Ep 86 Funny Women LIVE at Twitter Dublin  

This week we were in the Twitter Dublin HQ for a live recording of the podcast, it was our Funny Women episode and we had a stellar line up. Marian Keyes was joined by Amy Huberman, Alison Spittle, Eleanor Tiernan and Joanne McNally, along with an audience full of more than 200 Irish Times subscribers. The panel spoke about their comedy heroines, how they found out they were funny, what barriers women face in the world of stand-up, the importance of humour in romantic relationships, and so much more. There were also hilarious stand-up routines from Alison Spittle, Eleanor Tiernan and Joanne McNally.

Ep 85 Battling anxiety:  My mental health story by Lauren-Shannon Jones  

'Who needs to escape from things like brunch? Me. I do.' There was a huge reaction to Lauren-Shannon Jones and her Irish Times article describing the crippling anxiety which led her to an unfriendly encounter in a Dublin GP's office. In a powerful interview, she talked to Kathy Sheridan about why she wrote the article, the mental health issues which began to manifest in childhood and how opening up to friends and family has helped in her recovery. If you need help with any of the issues discussed in the podcast here are some places where you can find support: The Samaritans Free phone: 116 123 Text: 087 260 9090 Aware (Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder & Anxiety) Tel: 1800 80 48 48 National Suicide Helpline (Pieta House) 1800 247 247 Pieta House (Suicide & Self-harm) Tel: 01 623 5606

Ep 84 Muslim Women in Ireland & Striking 4 Repeal  

To mark World Hijab Day on February 1st and in light of Donald Trump's targeting of immigrants from seven mainly Muslim countries, Sorcha Pollak talk to some Irish Muslim women about racism, the Hijab and misconceptions. And: what are you doing on International Women's Day? Can we interest you in a little strike action? Una Mullally and one of the organisers of Strike 4 Repeal, tell Kathy Sheridan why striking is a creative tool for activists fighting for reproductive rights.

Ep 83 Katherine Lynch on Dancing With the Stars  

Comedian Katherine Lynch talks to Róisín Ingle - standing in for Kathy Sheridan - about how her turn on RTE's Dancing With the Stars is giving her back her mojo. Lynch, who is also an actor and singer with her own TV production company, was initially reluctant to get involved with the reality show but has since discovered a new and surprising passion for dance. She spoke to Ingle about her stint on weight loss reality programme Operation Transformation, about fat-shaming and about how some women can feel more invisible in their forties. And she made a shameless Healy-Rae style appeal for your votes. So: Vote Katherine Lynch on Dancing With the Stars. (She made us do that).

Ep 82 Sexual consent legislation - why we need it.  

This week the issue of sexual consent hit headlines again as Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald sought Cabinet approval to define sexual consent in Irish legislation for the first time. The changes proposed will make it clear that a person is incapable of consenting to a sexual act if they are asleep or unconscious, as a result of intoxication or if they are mistaken as to the identity of the other person. The idea is that it will provide more clarity for the legal system in sexual offences cases. Noeline Blackwell from the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and journalist Tanya Sweeney talked to host Kathy Sheridan about the significance of the move and the background to it.

Ep 81 Borders & Barriers in the Lives of Women  

This comes to you from Bundoran, Co Donegal and our live event at the Transatlantic Connections Conference. Kathy Sheridan hosted our lively conversation on the Borders & Barriers in the Lives of Women, which also covered Trump, race, class and gender issues. The panel included theHonorable Helen Shores Lee grew up during the racially turbulent years of the 1960’s in Birmingham, Alabama with all the violence and racial inequalities of that time. She was joined by Liverpool born writer, lecturer, historian and nationalist Christine Kinealy and from a British protestant background, Linda Ervine is a language rights activist from East Belfast, Northern Ireland, a supporter of both Ulster Scots and Gaelic. It was all harmoniously bookended by music from The Henry Girls.

Ep 80 Dear President Trump: Women write to the Commander-in-Chief  

We never believed the day would come, but as President Trump is finally inaugurated some of our contributors had a few things to get off their chests. In a series of open letters to Trump, women including Una Mullally, Laura Kennedy, Stefanie Preissner, Ailbhe Smyth and Kathleen Harris took part in our our Dear President Trump episode. There was anger (obviously) but also well wishes and hope that their very worst fears would not be confirmed. In solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, The Women's Podcast will be marching in Dublin on Saturday with thousands of others. The march sets off from the Garden of Remembrance at noon on Saturday 21st of January. See you there.

Ep 79 Colm O'Gorman & Lynn Rosenthal at the Safe Ireland Summit  

In this episode we hear from two people about the abuse they faced and about how speaking out, although extremely difficult, changed the course of their lives and work: Lynn Rosenthal, who from 2009 to 2014 served as the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women and Colm O'Gorman who is now the director of Amnesty Ireland. They both spoke to the Safe Ireland Summit before Christmas and we are grateful to Sharon O'Halloran and Simone George of Safe Ireland for granting us access to their important gathering.

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