The Women's Podcast

The Women's Podcast


Podcast by The Irish Times


Ep 69 The moral case for abortion. Kathy Sheridan meets Ann Furedi  

For the past 13 years pro-choice activist Ann Furedi has been CEO of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service providing abortion services to women. She talked to host Kathy Sheridan about the view, set out in her book The Moral Case for Abortion, that true respect for human life and individual conscience demands that we respect a woman’s right to decide. While advocating the use of euphemism-free language around the issue - she talks about 'killing' and 'ending of life' - she also believes that a woman’s right to a termination has moral foundations. This fresh perspective on abortion will interest both pro- and anti-choice individuals and organisations.

Ep 68 Toxic Masculinity with Carlos Andrés Gómez and Beatrice Grimshaw's Herstory  

In this episode, presented by Kathy Sheridan, Carlos Andrés Gómez explores the negative influence of toxic masculinity. An award-winning writer and performer from New York City, he is the author of 'Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood', a memoir that seeks to challenge the limiting and destructive narrative handed down to males in society. In our latest Herstory, Rosita Boland tells the story of Beatrice Grimshaw who settled in the Pacific Islands where she farmed tobacco and wrote 40 books.

Ep 67 Olivia O'Leary, Striking Women & Pioneering Alexandrans  

In a powerful address Olivia O'Leary tells the Safe Ireland Summit about misogyny she experienced early on in her broadcasting career. Kathy Sheridan talks to the principal of Dublin school Alexandra College as they celebrate their 150th anniversary with a new book about high achieving past pupils. And Jennifer Ryan talks to women who protested on the Rosie Hackett bridge on Friday 25th January.

Ep 66 F**k The Patriarchy with Mona Eltahawy, Women in Kitchens + Herstory  

Mona Eltawahy is a feminist firebrand and author of Headscarves & Hymens who gave a rousing address on inequality, racism and Trump at the Safe Ireland Summit in Dublin: 'I start every talk with my declaration of faith ... Fuck the Patriarchy". Also in this episode we mark Irish Times Food Month with restaurant critic Catherine Cleary who talks to women chefs including Jess Murphy of Kai in Galway about inequality in the industry. And our Herstory is Irish designer Sybil Connolly, read as always by Rosita Boland.

Ep 65 Irish women in Canada, Men's Day & Hozier at the Safe Summit  

Supported by the Global Media Fund, Erin McGuire travelled to Canada to bring us back the stories of Irish women who have made new lives far from home. Saturday 19th of November is International Men's Day and Alan O'Brien from the White Ribbon campaign came in to tell us why the patriarchy harms men too. And in the first of a series of highlights from the Safe Ireland Summit held in Dublin, Wicklow singer Hozier sings Cherry Wine and talks to broadcaster Claire Byrne about why he got involved in the issue of domestic violence. Music Credits: Atlantean Twilight and Eternal Hope by Kevin MacLeod (, along with I Don’t See The Branches, I See The Leaves by Chris Zabriskie (, are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons/org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Ep 64 Patti Smith, The Facts of Choice and Herstory  

In this episode, the original punk rocker and artist Patti Smith talks about art, life, family and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe. She was in Dublin to accept the Burke Medal for Contribution to Discourse at the Hist. society in Trinity College. She also recites the lyrics to her seminal song People Have the Power To an appreciative audience that included Bono and Glen Hansard. (Big thanks to the Hist for allowing us to record this special talk). Also in this ep: Jennifer Ryan brings us highlights from the 'Facts of Choice' event presented by Tara Flynn and Alison Spittle and our Herstory of the week is Lucy Wharton.

Ep`63 Emergency President-elect Donald Trump Podcast + Equal Pay  

It's been a rough few days. Maybe we should have seen it coming but we didn't. Cue the sirens: In this 'Emergency Episode' we discuss the emotional impact of both Trump's victory and Clinton's loss on women and minorities. With sharp analysis of the voting demographics of the election our panel is Irish Times political journalist Sarah Bardon, civil rights lawyer Professor Linda Hamilton Krieger, spoken word artist Clara-Rose Thornton and domestic violence activist Simone George. In a sometimes heated discussion they give host Kathy Sheridan their take on President-elect Trump. "He is a man who has boasted about sexually assaulting women and has alienated every minority you can think of". Plus: As Irish women start working for 'nothing' Sonya Lennon of Dress for Success discusses the Equal Pay Campaign. It's not just the sirens wailing on The Women's Podcast this week.

Ep 62 What's wrong with Hillary Clinton? Divorce & the Home, Dine in the Dark & Herstory  

In this episode, Una Mullally asks 'What's wrong with Hillary Clinton?' as Americans go to the polls. Kathy Sheridan talks to family law solicitor Ann O'Neill at The Irish Times Home and Design Theatre at the Ideal Home exhibition, about what happens to the family home when marriages break down. Jennifer Ryan speaks to blind woman Christina McCarthy about Dine in the Dark week and our Herstory is Margaret Bulkley, who lived her life as a man - Dr James Barry.

Ep 61 America's Election -  Una Mullally talks to women across the United States  

In this bonus edition of the podcast, Una Mullally talks to women from L.A to Texas, New York to Washington D.C about what has been an extraordinary election campaign. Covering the Trump Tapes, those eventful televised debates and everything in between, she finds out what female voters and commentators think of Trump and of Clinton and explores how it has been a crucial campaign for women in unexpected ways. The podcast features contributions from Irish comedian and author Maeve Higgins and from New York Times journalist Maureen Dowd.

Ep 60 U.S Election, 'Sexy' Halloween, Gender in film & Herstory  

In this episode, we have an edited extract from a U.S election special by Una Mullally who spoke to women including Maureen Dowd & Maeve Higgins on the campaign trail in America. (Una's full election report will be uploaded on Wednesday 2nd November as a bonus edition of the Women's Podcast) Rosemary Mac Cabe gives host Kathy Sheridan her take on 'Sexy' Halloween costumes. Jennifer Ryan visits the U.S Embassy to talk gender and film with the Geena Davis Institute and this week's Herstory is Dublin composer and poet Rhoda Coghill.

Ep 59 Waking the Feminists One Year On, Trapped in Iran & Herstory  

It's one year since a twitterstorm sparked by the Abbey Theatre's male dominated Waking the Nation programme prompted a hashtag and an international movement #Wakingthefeminists. Founder Lian Bell looks back on an eventful year with host Kathy Sheridan while historian Dr Brenda Donohue explores the impact. The author of Trapped in Iran Samieh Hezari talks to Roisin Ingle about her desperate attempt to bring her Irish born daughter home to Ireland. This week's Herstory is Celia Harrison, a painter and feminist from Holywood, Co Down.

Ep 58 Sex & Girls, Lucy Kellaway, Budget17 & Childcare, Herstory  

In this episode, guest presented by Bernice Harrison, the author of Girls & Sex Peggy Orenstein talks to Kathy Sheridan about why the way we talk to girls about sex is vitally important for their happiness. FT columnist Lucy Kellaway tells Roisin Ingle about Brexit and Looking The Business and we talk about what Budget 17 means for women and families with particular reference to childcare. Our Herstory this week is Dubliner Kathleen Delap of the Irish Countrywoman's Association.

Èp 57 India Knight, Consent Workshops and Herstory  

Host Kathy Sheridan talks to the wise and hilarious British author/newspaper columnist/beauty guru India Knight about Brexit, Trump, Theresa May her pugnacious husband-to-be former MP Eric Joyce and the best hairbrush ever. Knight also gives her views on Ireland's restrictive abortion laws. Later, in a powerful report Kathleen Harris shares what she learnt while reporting on consent workshops in Irish universities and Jennifer Ryan has this week's Herstory on 1916 hero Brigid Lyons Thornton.

Ep 56 Herstory Salon: Hillary Fannin, Dr Jennifer Redmond & Prof Linda Doyle. Music from MayKay  

This week's podcast was recorded in The Irish Times as part of Culture Night in association with the Herstory movement. In what is the first of a series of Herstory Salons, our panel included Irish Times columnist and playwright Hillary Fannin, history lecturer Dr Jennifer Redmond and Professor Linda Doyle of Trinity College Dublin. They discussed the significance of salons for women throughout history, the thrill of rediscovering lost stories of women and the importance of women engaging in the latest technological developments including the Internet of Things. Presented by Kathy Sheridan there is music from MayKay of Fight Like Apes (Kathy's daughter!) plus eloquent exchanges of views on everything from iconic female musicians to #WakingTheFeminists.

Ep 55 How to be a Man: Masculinity, feminism & more with our all male line-up  

This week on The Women's Podcast we welcome some men into the studio for a lively discussion sparked by the How to be a Man series running in The Irish Times this week. Our host Kathy Sheridan talks to Irish Times journalists Patrick Freyne and Mark Paul about everything from mansplaining to #notallmen, rape culture to modern feminism. John Evoy, founder of the Men's Sheds movement, explains why that organisation is needed. And later Roisin Ingle talks to The Spinning Heart author Donal Ryan about boyhood in small town Ireland and getting inside a troubled pregnant woman's head in his new book All We Shall Know. This week's Herstory is Skibbereen's Agnes Clerke.

Ep 54 Flabyrinth, Dublin Fringe, Can't Cope, Won't Cope & Herstory  

In this episode hosted by Women's Podcast presenter Kathy Sheridan, Roisin Ingle talks to Jules Coll about what led to her gastric bypass and nine stone weight loss which she is documented in her book Flabyrinth. Three women - Vickey Curtis, Mags McAuliffe and Emma Doran - perform extracts from their Dublin Fringe Festival shows. And Bernice Harrison talks to the women from Can't Cope, Won't Cope about the new RTE2 comedy drama. This week's Herstory is Cynthia Longfield.

Ep 53 Abortion: The Year the Conversation Changed & Ella Young's Herstory  

In this episode, we mark a year since women such as Roisin Ingle and Tara Flynn told their abortion stories with a documentary 'The Year The Conversation Changed'. Una Mullally talks to members of the pro-choice movement about a pivotal year which has seen the conversation around abortion change in this country. From repeal jumpers to Maser's mural, #twowomentravel to the Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins, we look at how much has changed in terms of how we talk about abortion in Ireland.

Ep 52 We Need A Hero : Superheroes/Heroines, Toxic Dumbledore & Barbara Heck's Herstory  

In this episode, we are holding out for all kinds of heroes (and heroines). We report from Comic Con on female superheroes while Una Mullally reflects on the heroes of her childhood storybooks. We hear the story of a real life heroine, Cork woman Mary Harney who survived an industrial school to become a fire fighter and academic. And Rosita Boland tells us about the mother of American Methodism, Limerick's Barbara Heck.

Ep 51 The Gender Episode, Kay Cairns, Chris Ricketts, Justin Vivian Bond & Lilian Bland's Herstory  

This week we are talking about gender. Our panel is made up of non-binary journalist Kay Cairns, author & teacher Chris Ricketts and Dr Colman Noctor who has worked with the transgender community. Una Mullally talks to musician Justin Vivian Bond about the grey areas around gender identity & this week's Herstory is aviatrix Lilian Bland.

Ep 50 Advice from Gloria Steinem, Lisa Hannigan, Laura Whitmore & more plus Sophie Bryant's Herstory  

In this episode we have gathered 50 pieces of advice from 50 wonderful women to mark the 50th edition of The Women's Podcast. Hear words of wisdom from Lisa Hannigan, Carlene Carter & Gloria Steinem. Plus this week's Herstory is Sophie Bryant, mathematician, educator, feminist and activist.

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