The Women's Podcast

The Women's Podcast


Podcast by The Irish Times


Ep 131 Hot summer reads from our Book Club  

Our book club help you get settled on your sun lounger with their recommendations for summer holiday reads. From John Boyne's The Heart's Invisible Furies to Rachel English's The American Girl to a blast from the dystopian past of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Books that also got the thumbs up from Irish Times journalists Niamh Towey, Bernice Harrison and septuagenarian book lover Ann Ingle were Eithne Shortall's Love in Row 27, Alison Jameson's This Family of Things and Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Ep 130 Women on Wednesdays & Grace Dyas  

Women on Wednesdays is the name of a new monthly gig in Whelan's, Dublin which will give the stage over to female musicians, comedians and spoken word artists while raising money for an excellent cause. Aishling Lennon of Aidlink told Kathy Sheridan how the event came about and Deborah Byrne and Suzette Das from the band Hvmmingbyrd explore the challenges of being a woman in the music industry. Continuing our contributions from the Markievicz School, Theatre Club's Grace Dyas talks about the motivation for The Game, a powerful production that explored prostitution in Ireland.

Ep 129 #CopOnComrades : Men & Feminism  

The episode was intended as a general discussion about men and feminism in the wake of the visit by feminist Canadian President Justin Trudeau. With Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also declaring himself a feminist, three men were invited in to discuss the feminist credentials of both leaders and the challenges of the feminist debate for men. The guests were Patrick Freyne, an Irish Times features journalist who identifies as feminist, Mark Paul is an Irish Times business journalist who believes men can often feel alienated from the debate and writer Frankie Gaffney, who wrote an article in this newspaper recently about identity politics which caused controversy and spawned the hashtag #coponcomrades. In the end the episode was dominated by that controversy, about class, feminism and privilege with both host Kathy Sheridan and Freyne taking issue with much of Gaffney's article. If you've any thoughts on what in the end was a heated debate contact us on @itwomenspodcast or

Ep 128 Separated but still living together & female street performers  

In this episode, Roisin Ingle talks to Ashe Conrad Jones a woman who despite breaking up with her partner, is still sharing a house with him and their two children and making that unusual arrangement work. We also hear from one of the few female street performers who will be performing in the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular in Dublin from the 7th to the 9th of July 2017 and in Cork on the 15th of July.

Ep 127 Autism diagnosis at 45 & Moya Brannan of IBM  

Laura James struggled with various issues, physical and emotional, all her life and was finally diagnosed with autism at 45. In her memoir Odd Girl Out, she tells the story of discovering she was autistic after forging a successful career, marrying twice and being a mother to four children. She spoke to Roisin Ingle about her story. And continuing our coverage of women in STEM Jennifer Ryan talked to IBM's Moya Brannan in London.

Ep 126 The Walk (and talk) of Shame at Body & Soul  

In this special live episode we did the Walk (and talk) of Shame in front of a captivated audience at Body & Soul where The Irish Times took over the magical Wonderlust stage. Our guests were TD Brid Smith, abortion rights activist Lucy Watmough and comedian and podcaster Erin McGathy. Hosted by Kathy Sheridan the discussion centred around the myriad ways shame has been used to control women for centuries. Smith shared her abortion story publicly for the first time, Watmough talked about her journey from chaotic teen to sober activist and McGathy opened up about the way she was shamed after her marriage break-up. Thanks to all at Body & Soul for having us especially Kathy Scott and Fran Cosgrave. We'll be back!

Ep 125 Letters From The Suitcase & Alison O'Connor  

A few weeks ago, journalist Alison O'Connor addressed the Countess Markievicz School’s Forum on Women in Ireland. We bring you her arousing speech on the representation of women in the media in this episode. Later in the podcast, Letters From The Suitcase reveals the real wartime correspondence between David and Mary Francis from 1938 to 1943, and their unique love story. Anna Carey spoke to their daughter who discovered a suitcase in the attic of her mother's house packed full of the letters. She talks to Róisín Ingle about the story and reads a few of her favourites.

Ep 124 Book Club: Conversations With Friends, by Sally Rooney  

The Women's Podcast book club get to grips with the debut novel from exciting young Irish writer Sally Rooney, Conversations With Friends. Irish Times journalists Niamh Towey and Bernice Harrison give their views, along with Róisín Ingle and her mother Ann Ingle. In the next book club episode, the panelists give their recommendations for the best summer reads out there and tell us what's on their must-read list.

Ep 123 Chloe Esposito: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know  

"Too Raunchy for the Ritz!" read one recent headline about Chloe Esposito's debut novel, Mad. It seems bosses at the posh hotel may have taken umbrage with a particularly hot sex scene in the book, which takes place in their Royal Suite, and cancelled plans for a launch event there. It's the first book in a trilogy, which was snapped up by publishers, has sold in 25 territories to date, and has been optioned for a film deal with Universal and Michael de Luca, producer of Fifty Shades of Grey. Mad is totally bonkers - in a good way - and is set between London and Sicily over one blood-drenched week in August. Róisín Ingle spoke to Esposito about it, about good and bad feminism, the fascination with identical twins, and lots more.

Ep 122 #MoreWomen - Women for Election  

Women for Election is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation that aims to inspire, equip and inform women to succeed in politics. Today, the organisation is launching a crowdfunding campaign with a target to raise €50,000 to subsidise their training programmes for women ahead of the local elections in 2019. Róisín Ingle met co-founder Niamh Gallagher and campaigner Caroline Kirrane to find out what they do, how they do it, and what the ultimate goal is.

Ep 121 Girl sectioned after psychiatrist ruled out abortion  

Irish Times Social Affairs Correspondent Kitty Holland speaks to Róisín Ingle about a story in today's paper, which opens with the following sentence: A girl deemed to be at risk of suicide who wanted an abortion was sectioned under the Mental Health Act because her treating psychiatrist said terminating the pregnancy was “was not the solution”.

Ep 120 Beatrix Campbell & Snapchat Sexual Assault Stories  

Award-winning British journalist, author, broadcaster, campaigner and playwright, Beatrix Campbell, addressed the Countess Markievicz School’s Forum on Women in Ireland recently. We bring you her arousing speech on gender inequality in this episode. Later in the podcast, we cross to the University of Bristol, where student Hannah Price has been raising awareness about college sexual assaults through a Snapchat project where victims tell their stories on camera.

Ep 119 Summer Fashion & Joni Crone's 'Anna Livia Lesbia'  

Stylist and fashion writer Corina Gaffey is back to answer all of our sartorial questions. She speaks about the latest trends, explaining what exactly the paper waist trouser is, and tells us that the deconstructed shirt is the season’s most wearable look. Joni Crone became the first openly gay woman to be interviewed on the Late Late Show by Gay Byrne in 1980. She has now written a play about being lesbian in Ireland before and after that appearance, called Anna Livia Lesbia. Later in the podcast we bring you an extract from it. ***Anna Livia Lesbia actors are Chakra O’Connor, Sheila O’Keeffe and Gerry Farrell.

Ep 118 Our Bodies  

2FM broadcaster Louise McSharry and Irish Times journalist Dominique McMullan join Róisín Ingle for a discussion about bodies, the relationship we have with our own and how comments made about our bodies as children can have a lasting impact on how we view ourselves as adults.

Ep 117 'Watershed moment': Nuns end role in maternity hospital  

In a statement on Monday, the Sisters of Charity announced they were to end their involvement in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and will have no involvement in the new national maternity hospital on its campus. We spoke to Irish Times Religious Affairs correspondent, Patsy McGarry, about the development, he gave us the background on the story and what the consequences will be for healthcare and possibly education in Ireland.

Ep 116 Manchester Attack & Children's Body Image  

On Tuesday morning we woke up to the horrifying news of the deaths of more than 20 people in a suicide bomb attack at Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena. The pop singer had played in Dublin at the weekend and music journalist Jennifer Gannon was there. She wrote a moving piece about the attack and reads it for us in this podcast. Also in this episode, we speak to Fiona Flynn, youth development officer with Bodywhys and psychologist Dr Deirdre Cowman, about how to teach children to be body-positive, how to arm them with the skills needed to get through school, social media and pop-culture, and emerge with their confidence intact.

Ep 115 Irish girls at Australia’s Newcastle Industrial School  

The Newcastle Lock-Up is a contemporary arts space housed in the old Newcastle Gaol, two hours north of Sydney. Irish-born poet Anne Casey visited it recently, while carrying out research for a voiceover that she had been asked to contribute to an exhibition. In this episode, she speaks to Róisín Ingle about the unsettling voyage into the dark and shocking histories of immigrant and marginalised children in Australia in the mid-19th century, that the visit sent her on. She discovered horrifying accounts of sexual abuse, forced child prostitution, drunkenness, savage violence and neglect. Her research forms part of the Stitched Up exhibition, been created by the Australian fibre art curator Anne Kempton and artist Jane Theau. It runs from June 23rd to August 6th at The Lock-Up in Newcastle, but there are also plans to bring it to Ireland next year.

Ep 114 Rupi Kaur & 'Charlie's A Clepto'  

Indian-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur speaks to Róisín Ingle about life as a poetry rock star, writing about periods, self-publishing, social media, and selling a million copies of her anthology Milk and Honey, all by the age of 24. Later in the podcast, actor and playwright Claire Monnelly performs an extract from her play Charlie's A Clepto, and tells us what inspires her work.

Ep 113 Bobbi Gibb & Lucy's House Party  

Sexual consent is a topic we return to time and again on this podcast. Today, Kathy Sheridan speaks to Dr Charlotte McIvor and NUI Galway graduate Marie Hegarty about the film they collaborated on, Lucy's House Party. It was co-produced with the Galway Rape Crisis Centre with the support of The Manuela Riedo Foundation, set up in the name of the 17-year-old Swiss student who was raped and murdered in Galway 10 years ago. Later in the podcast, Róisín Ingle speaks to Bobbi Gibb, who broke down barriers in sport by becoming the first woman to ever run in the Boston City marathon in 1966.

Ep 112 Big Little Lies & Women's History Of Ireland  

HBO's miniseries Big Little Lies has provoked a lot of conversation for its portrayal of an abusive relationship between a married couple played by Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard. To discuss this, Kathy Sheridan is joined this week by the director of Women's Aid, Margaret Martin, and fan of the show, Natasha Fennell of Stillwater Communications. Later in the podcast, Jennifer Ryan takes a trip to The Little Museum of Dublin to go on its Women's History of Ireland tour.

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