The Women's Podcast

The Women's Podcast


Podcast by The Irish Times


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.

Ep 78 Women on the March with Jill Filipovic, Sarah Carey & Ailbhe Smyth  

On January 21st, the day after the inauguration of President Trump, an estimated 150,000 women are expected to march on Washington. Our host Kathy Sheridan talks to activist Ailbhe Smyth, American journalist Jill Filipovic and broadcaster Sarah Carey about why Trump has got women marching, about successful female-led protests through history and about how the ailing Democrat party need to mobilise as they face into four years of Trump.

EP 77 Louise O'Neill & Panti Bliss at the Safe Summit  

More from the Safe Ireland summit on domestic violence held in Dublin before Christmas. Louise O'Neill talks about why, by the age of 18, she had come to accept that being groped and touched was just the price you had to pay for moving through the world in a female body. And Rory O'Neill aka Panti Bliss explores the cultural 'rules' laid down to men and women. 'Our society decided women would be the peacocks. We gave them the tools of peacockery and insisted that they use them. At the same time our culture said to men: you are not allowed to use any of those tools. I say feck that. It's not fair on women or men'

EP 76 Women to Watch in 2017  

Who are the women to watch out for in 2017? From Selina Cartmell the new director of The Gate Theatre to Germany's Angela Merkel by way of a sharp right turn to France's Marine Le Pen, our panel look ahead to the women who will be making waves. Gathered around the table with host Kathy Sheridan are Senator Lynn Ruane, columnist and commentator Alison O'Connor, Irish Times Europe Correspondent Suzanne Lynch and columnist and playwright Hilary Fannin. Una Mullally talks to France Correspondent Lara Marlowe about the rise and rise of Le Pen. And with his inauguration only days away, we also look at the spectre of President Trump and the impact of his presidency on women in the months and years ahead.

Ep 75 Self Esteem 2017: Women reveal what they like about themselves  

New year, new you? How impractical not to mention predictable. But here's a radical notion - what about celebrating what is already great about you? We asked dozens of women a question: what do you like about yourself? From Amy Huberman to Marian Keyes, Louise O'Neill to Nancy Ashmawy, women of all ages and backgrounds told us about their best bits and the answers are as varied as the women themselves. At a time of the year when magazines and advertisements like to perpetuate the idea that we need to "fix" ourselves, we are looking on the bright side with a glass half full of self love. We hope this episode offers an uplifting, inspiring start to 2017. Happy New Year!

Ep 74 The best of The Women's Podcast 2016  

We had some cracking episodes in 2016 so we are sharing the best of the year with you here. Remember Caitlin Moran being hilarious with Una Mullally pre-Brexit? And Carina Fitzpatrick telling host Kathy Sheridan why she took her top off at Knockanstockan music festival? The podcast also features Claire Woods, the young woman who came in with baby Alexandra to talk about an unexpected pregnancy and her decision - after booking flights to the UK for an abortion - to have her baby. What a year it's been. Enjoy this Trump-free episode. Thanks for listening and we look forward to bringing you many more highlights in 2017.

Ep 73 Dubliners Women and Marino students go to Zambia  

Wrapping your presents? We've got a stunning soundtrack to make your seasonal tasks more enjoyable: The cast of Dubliners Women - which goes on tour around the country in 2017 - came in to perform an extract from their production which hones in on the rich female characters in Joyce's masterpiece. And Sorcha Pollak meets female students from Marino in Dublin who travelled to Zambia for a project on gender.

Ep 72: Marian Keyes, Sali Hughes & Women’s Aid Director Margaret Martin  

Marian Keyes interviewed beauty writer Sali Hughes about her book Pretty Iconic recently, at an event hosted by the Irish Times Magazine at House of Fraser in Dundrum Shopping Centre. The Women’s Podcast went along and we’ve got that chat in this episode for you. Kathy Sheridan also speaks to Women’s Aid Director Margaret Martin about their report on twenty years of ‘femicide’ and on what can be done about domestic violence services in this country.

EP 71 The Morning After Pill & a Feminist Future  

Emergency contraception is a reality for most women and yet new research shows there is still a stigma around accessing the morning after pill. Journalist Tanya Sweeney and Pharmacist Joanne Kissane talk to Róisín Ingle about the past, present and future of this important little pill. And in a post-Trump future, what is the role of feminists? Ailbhe Smyth , Brid Smith TD and more address young women at the National Women's Council FemFest event.

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