Woman's Hour

Woman's Hour

United Kingdom

The programme that offers a female perspective on the world


Felicity Kendal, Icelandic feminism, Clothes on TV, Hollie McNish  

Felicity Kendal stars as Charlotte Bartlett, Lucy's spinster chaperone in Adrian Noble's tour of A Room with a View. Felicity first appeared on stage as a baby in 1947. Her father managed an acting troupe and she spent much of her early life touring India theatres with various parts in plays. She returned to England aged 17, and initially struggled to prove her experience until she landed the role that made her famous, Barbara in the 1975 BBC series The Good Life. Felicity joins Jane to talk about turning 70 and its impact on work, appearance and relationships. Iceland has come top of the Gender Equality Index for the past six years and has a good chance of making it a seven in a row this week. ITV News' Economics Editor Noreena Hertz has been to Iceland to investigate why women in Iceland seemingly fare better than anywhere else. She joins us to share the stories of the women she met; from young feminist rappers and Iceland's former female president to a school educator whose nurseries and primary schools actively teach girls to be strong and boys to be affectionate. When it comes to costume design for TV period drama gets all the glory but what about contemporary drama? How important are clothes to the storytelling? Darren Finch was the Costume Designer for the revival of Cold Feet and many other popular dramas including Silent Witness and Wire In The Blood. Charis Nolder blogs about what soap stars wear on screen so viewers can track down and buy the outfits they see. Open Clasp, a theatre company known for working creatively with the most disenfranchised women across the UK, were commissioned to devise a play with women prisoners in HMP&YOI Low Newton, to eventually tour to male prisons. The result is their play Key Change, now commencing a national tour. Jane is joined by Catrina McHugh, writer and artistic director, and Cheryl Byron, a former prisoner who acted in the original show. They'll be discussing the power of making theatre inside, and why they are about to perform the show at Westminster. And, the final episode of 'Becoming a Mother: A Hot Cup of Tea with Hollie McNish'.Today Hollie catches up with the writer and performance poet Yomi Sode .Yomi has a 2 year old son called Noah and since becoming a Father has learnt things about his Nigerian heritage he didn't expect to. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Erin Riley.

LeAnn Rimes  

Internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter LeAnn Rimes talks to Jane about her twenty-year career and performs her new single, How to Kiss a Boy. We continue with the Woman's Hour series, Becoming a Mother: A Hot Cup of Tea with Hollie McNish as she travels around the country speaking to mothers and father about how they cope with parenthood. Today she meets Ruby, originally from Sri Lanka, and Shanthini, originally from Tamil Nadu in India. Both have raised their children in the UK. This year's Power List will celebrate seven women who've made the biggest impact on women's lives over the past seven decades. Today it's food. Who has changed our attitudes to what we eat and how we cook it. More than half of misogynistic posts by Twitter users in the UK and America are written by women according to a new large-scale study that analysed 19 million tweets over four years. We explore that figure. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.

Weekend Woman's Hour: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lucie Horsch, Joy Spence  

The award winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be discussing parenthood, Michelle Obama and her new collaboration with a cosmetics brand. Hundreds of thousands of black GIs were stationed across the UK during WW2. Many had relationships with local women and some had children but, due to US laws at the time, they were usually refused permission to marry. Jenni talks to Dr Deborah Prior, who was one of those babies and to Professor Lucy Bland of Anglia Ruskin University who hopes to shed light on an under-reported chapter of 20th century social history. Who'll make it on to this year's Woman's Hour Powerlist which will feature seven women who have made the biggest impact on women's lives over the past seven decades. Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, the MP Nicky Morgan and Professor Sarah Childs will discuss who might make the list from the world of politics? The genius of the baroque artist Artemesia Gentileschi with Anna Reynolds the Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection and Jonathan Jones the art critic for the Guardian - why are they both such huge fans? Hayley Squires star of the new Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake talks about her role as a penniless single mother determined to make a good life for herself and her children. Joy Spence the world's first female master blender introduces us to the many flavours of a well blended rum. Plus music from the 17 year old Dutch musician Lucie Horsch , the first recorder player to ever sign a record deal. Highlights from the Woman's Hour week. Presented by Jane Garvey Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor:Beverley Purcell.

Choreographer and dancer Aditi Mangaldas  

Some say Aditi Mangaldas is to Kathak what Margot Fonteyn and Sylvie Guillem are to Ballet. The Indian choreographer, dancer and founder of Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company discusses her new show, Inter_rupted, working with the aging body, and her experience of bringing a woman's voice into the heart of this classical dance form. In Durham and Darlington sex workers have become researchers - using their experiences to reveal more about 'hidden' sex work and sexual exploitation. The innovative new peer led research was used by the charity Changing Lives. Jenni is joined by Laura Seebohm, its director, and by Durham Police & Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who commissioned the research, and by Laura Watson from the English Collective of Prostitutes. Khalida Popal made history by becoming the first captain of the Afghan Women's National Football team in 2007. Using her public position to raise awareness about women's rights issues, at 23, she fled the country after receiving death threats. She talks about remaining an iconic figure for women's football in Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands of black GIs were stationed across the UK during WW2. Many had relationships with local women and some had children but, due to US laws at the time, they were usually refused permission to marry. Professor Lucy Bland of Anglia Ruskin University hopes to shed light on an under-reported chapter of 20th century social history. Joining the discussion is Dr Deborah Prior, who was one of those babies. And as part of our series 'Becoming a Mother: A Hot Cup of Tea with Hollie McNish'. Hollie sits down with friend and fellow poet Luke Wright to discuss parental guilt and being the only dad at Rhyme Time. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

Power List 2016, Teenage mums, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sheffield women  

Woman's Hour's Power List 2016 will celebrate seven women who have made the biggest impact on women's lives over the past 70 years. Judges will decide who is on the list, but who should they be considering? Rosie Boycott, writer Lola Okolosie and author Natasha Walter suggest which feminists may be included. Abigail Hollick interviews strange women she bumps into all over the UK. Here she speaks to a woman in Sheffield. In the latest in our series 'Becoming a Mother: A Hot Cup of Tea with Hollie McNish' Hollie visits teenage mothers Chante and Damoya. Chante is 19, has a three year old son and found out she was pregnant when she was 16. We discuss the genius of Artemisia Gentileschi in her art and her life. With Anna Reynolds, curator of paintings at the Royal Collection where Gentileschi's self-portrait will soon be displayed and Jonathan Jones, art critic for the Guardian and huge fan. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Rebecca Myatt.

Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  

Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie was 26 when her novel Purple Hibiscus was nominated for the Booker Prize and three years later won the Orange Prize for Half a Yellow Sun. Since then she has written the critically acclaimed novel Americanah and had her feminist TED talk featured on Beyonce's song Flawless. She joins Jenni to discuss her collaboration with No 7 cosmetics. The third in our series 'Becoming a Mother: A Hot Cup of Tea with Hollie McNish' where the poet lifts the lid on some of the more hidden sides of motherhood. Today she meets Fiona Putnam who suffered from acute postnatal psychosis after the premature birth of her daughter. Plus, what is vulgar when it comes to fashion. Is it bad taste, excess or too much flesh on show? Ahead of an exhibition at the Barbican Exhibition maker Judith Clarke, and Fashion Director for the Times, Anna Murphy, discuss how the fashion world is afraid of being called vulgar. And Joy Spence the world's first female master blender, talks about what the job entails and introduces Jenni to the many flavours of a well blended bottle of rum. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer Beverley Purcell.

Sexual History in Trials, Hayley Squires, Hollie McNish, Playing the Recorder  

Following the acquittal of Ched Evans, we look at the legal grounds for including details of a claimant's sexual history in a rape trial with the BBC's Legal Correspondent Clive Coleman. And, Rachel Krys Co-director of the End Violence Against Women campaign and Professor Clare McGlynn. Professor of law at Durham University join Jane to discuss the history of the law and the way it works in practice. Hayley Squires stars in the new Ken Loach film 'I, Daniel Blake' as Katie, as a broke single mother determined to make a good life for herself and her kids. She talks to Jane about depicting the deserving poor and the necessities that women can't get from food banks. In the second in the new Woman's Hour series 'Becoming A Mother: A Hot Cup with Hollie McNish' Hollie puts the kettle on and has a chat with her gran to find out about breastfeeding and birth in the fifties. 17 year old Dutch musician Lucie Horsch is the first recorder player ever to sign a deal with the music label Decca. Her debut album is called 'Vivaldi,' and features four of the composer's best-known concertos including La notte and La tempesta di mar. Lucie joins Jane to discuss her passion for the instrument, why she wants to break down people's preconceptions of it and how she has managed to excel at playing it.

Woman's Hour Power List 2016  

This year's Power List will celebrate seven women who've made the biggest impact on women's lives over the past seven decades. Judges will decide who's on the list but who should they be considering? Today former women and equalities minister Nicky Morgan MP, Labour peer Helena Kennedy QC and Sarah Childs, professor of politics and gender at the University of Bristol look at seven decades of women in politics. Who will they suggest? Today we launch the new Woman's Hour series, 'Becoming a Mother: A Hot Cup of Tea with Hollie McNish'. In this seven part series poet Hollie McNish has a cuppa and honest chats about birth, sex and parenthood with a host of mates and family. In the first episode she catches up with her close friend, the Irish poet Elaine Feeney to discuss stretch marks, sex after birth and marriage. When the American journalist and writer Jessica Bennett was starting out on her career she would regularly get together with her friends and peers to eat, chat and share their experiences of the subtle sexist behaviour they experienced in the workplace. They called this group their 'Feminist Fight Club' and developed tactics to defeat 'manterrupting' and the 'bro-propriating' of their ideas. Jessica's book; 'Feminist Fight Club' is a practical guide to battling sexism at work. She joins Jane to share her arsenal of feminist weapons to fight patriarchy in the workplace. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Kirsty Starkey Interviewed Guest: Helena Kennedy Interviewed Guest: Sarah Childs Interviewed Guest: Nicky Morgan Interviewed Guest: Hollie McNish Interviewed Guest: Elaine Feeney Interviewed Guest: Jessica Bennett.

Weekend Woman's Hour: Jess Gillam - saxophonist and BBC Young Musician finalist, 70th birthday highlights.  

Jess Gillam made history as the first ever saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016. She'll be part of of WHYdentity the BBC Concert Orchestra Young Programmers Takeover at the Royal Festival Hall next weekend. She performs live in the studio. As it's announced that 21 of the 250 girls abducted more than two years ago in Northern Nigeria have been released, Theresa Ikoko discusses her play 'Girls' telling the story of a friendship between three young women who are abducted by a militant group. Highlights from our 70th Anniversary Programme and the results of a poll specially commissioned to find out about UK women's lives in 2016. The Bad Sex Award has been running since 1983. Founded by the Literary Review, it honours the author who's written the worst sex scenes of the year. Alice Leveen and Lisa Moylett discuss if we need a Good Sex Award. French cook Eugenie Brazier gave her name to La Mère Brazier - once the most famous restaurant in France. Food writer Drew Smithk tells us why he thinks her food started modern French gastronomy.Plus should you be allowed longer maternity leave if your baby is premature. And Author Professor Emma Tarlo talks about the trade in human hair that's become a billion dollar industry. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Sophie Powling Editor: Beverley Purcell.

Abduction in Africa, Julie Burchill on malice, Women divided by money  

As it's announced that 21 of the 250 girls abducted more than two years ago in Northern Nigeria have been released, Theresa Ikoko discusses her play 'Girls' telling the story of a friendship between three young women who are abducted by a militant group from a village in an unnamed African country. Women in the workplace now make up more of the top income groups but remain a distinct minority becoming rarer the higher they climb, according to recent research. Journalist Eve Livingston thinks the continued focus on this small group of women disadvantages the majority who face more serious economic inequalities. She joins Peninah Thomson, Chief Executive of the Mentoring Foundation. Zeinab Sekaanvand was 17 when she was arrested in Iran for murdering her husband, after marriage as a child bride at 15. Her death sentence was postponed due to a pregnancy in prison, reported to have ended in a stillbirth. Human rights activists now fear her execution is imminent. Mansoureh Mills of Amnesty International discusses the case and criminal justice in the country. Julie Burchill in her latest column on overrated virtues and underrated vices - this week the vice she's possibly most famous for, malice. French cook Eugenie Brazier gave her name to La Mère Brazier - once the most famous restaurant in France. Food writer Drew Smith who has translated her book of the same name on why he considers her cuisine the start of modern French gastronomy, despite her birth in 1895 as the daughter of a peasant farmer. There's more from Lauren Laverne's playlist to celebrate Woman's Hour at 70 - today she looks back to1962 and Etta James with Something's Got a Hold on Me.

Jess Gillam: Saxophonist and BBC Young Musician Finalist  

A live performance from Young Musician finalist saxophonist Jess Gillam, a look ahead to the SNP's Conference, and Jo Morris meets Cathie Lewis, who has fostered 70 children.

Donald Trump and women, The life of Angela Carter, Is it time for a Good Sex Award?  

With the recent revelations of Donald Trump's comments on women from 2005, and his response in the second televised debate, has the US election become a contest over who treats women the least badly? Jane is joined by Cynthia Weber, Professor of International Relations at Sussex University. When Angela Carter died in 1992 at the age of 51, an obituary described her as "one of the most important writers at work in the English language." The next year the British Academy received 40 proposals for doctoral research into her work. So how did she achieve such recognition and popularity in her relatively short career? Edmund Gordon has written the first biography of Angela's life and joins Jane along with Susannah Clapp, Angela's literary executor and author of A Card from Angela Carter, a very personal portrait of the writer as seen through the quirky postcards she sent her over the years. Do we need a Good Sex in Fiction Award? At Cheltenham Literature Festival last weekend Lisa Moylett, publisher of the Erotic Review, announced her intention to launch a Good Sex in Fiction Award. So what constitutes "good" sex writing? And what makes it bad? Jane is joined by Lisa and by Alice Levine from the hit podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno - soon to be available in book form: The fully annotated edition of Rocky Flintstone's Belinda Blinked 1. Lauren Laverne talks through some of the choices she made from music of the 1940s and 50s for the BBCMusic playlist to celebrate 70 years of Woman's hour. You'll hear Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit, Judy Garand with Get Happy and The Beverly Sisters, Its Illegal Its immoral or It Makes You Fat. Lauren also talks about a series of compilations called - 'This Record is not to be Broadcast - banned by the BBC' released by Fantastic Voyage Records, and the banned Beverley Sisters recording 'We have to be so Careful'.

Andrea Riseborough, Maternity leave and premature babies, The secret lives of hair  

Why the mother of two premature babies is campaigning for maternity leave to be extended for mothers of premature babies. Andrea Riseborough has played a wide variety of roles in her relatively short career. She co-starred in Birdman, joined the cast for the second season of Netflix's Bloodline and for the last three weeks has been on live TV playing Dee, the fragile daughter of comedian Paul Finchley (played by Robbie Coltrane) in Channel 4's disturbing drama, National Treasure. The collection and trade of human hair is a billion-dollar industry. Emma Tarlo, author of Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair, describes how she travelled the globe to find women whose livelihoods depend on hair. Sady Doyle's book, Trainwreck, examines the phenomenon of the woman who has been shamed for being emotionally and sexually out of control. Sady Doyle and journalist Sophie Heawood, a self-confessed former trainwreck, discuss whether and why the term is reserved exclusively for women. To mark Ada Lovelace day, we investigate the secret history of pioneering physiologist, chemist and engineer, Dr Phyllis Kerridge, who set up the first hearing clinic in this country. Her work in audiology is still hugely influential but few have heard of her.

Woman's Hour at 70: Poll results  

Woman's Hour celebrates its 70th birthday with a live audience. Presenters Jenni and Jane are joined by Bake-Off star Nadiya Hussain, historian Amanda Vickery, journalist Eve Pollard and Radio 1 presenter Gemma Cairney. The panel discuss the results of a poll specially commissioned to find out about UK women's lives in 2016. How has life changed for women at home and at work from 1946 to the present day? Presenters: Jane Garvey and Jenni Murray Producer: Rebecca Myatt.

Today is our 70th birthday!  

70 years ago at 2pm on 7th October 1946 the first edition of Woman's Hour was broadcast. To celebrate our 70th birthday Jane joined former Woman's Hour presenter Sue MacGregor and Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History from the University of Westminster speaking on microphones from the early days to look back into the BBC archive. Last week an employment tribunal in Bristol found that the airline EasyJet had discriminated against two cabin crew members, Sara Ambacher and Cynthia McFarlane, by failing to let them work shorter shifts while breastfeeding. We examine the details of the case and the implications this ruling could have for other employers and the rights of women in the work place. With Nicky Marcus, Regional Legal Officer for Unite the Union and Katie Wood, a Barrister and legal officer for Maternity Action UK. As her new play No's Knife, adapted from a number of Samuel Beckett's prose pieces, continues at the Old Vic in London, Lisa Dwan talks to Jenni about her passion for Beckett, what he has to offer women and why some people struggle with his work. 70@70, Late Night Woman's Hour presenter Lauren Laverne has created a BBC Music playlist for Woman's Hour to celebrate the programme's birthday - 70 tracks by 70 female artists from across the last 70 years. You can find the list of tracks on the BBC Music website by following the link on the Woman's Hour homepage from 10am on Friday. Ballet Black is a professional ballet company for dancers of black and Asian descent. Their most recent show, Triple Bill, sold out the Barbican in London, and is now touring the country. Artistic Director, Cassa Pancho, founded the company in 2001 after noticing the lack of ethnic minorities in classical ballet. She talks to Jenni about her desire to build diversity into ballet from the school dance-floor to national companies. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

Anne Robinson on parenting, Monica Galetti, Sarah Perry  

Anne Robinson - no stranger to the struggles of being a parent, and author of Memoirs Of An Unfit Mother - discusses her new BBC1 programme, in which she enters the lives of British families to find out about different styles of modern parenting. The chef Monica Galetti joins us to prepare artichoke, fennel and lemon salad, and to demonstrate her mastery of the essential skills that have made her such an exacting judge on MasterChef The Professionals. Author Sarah Perry talks about the richly imagined world of her gothic novel The Essex Serpent and the true story that inspired it. And funding for women's football. West Ham are to take direct control over its women's side after the chairman complained players were discriminated against by being denied new kit. Katie Gornall, BBC Sports Correspondent, joins Jenni to discuss the funding of female teams. BBC School report is the scheme that any school, anywhere in the country, can join to get training and mentoring in how to make and write the news. Cirencester Deer Park School joined in School Report last year. Hear their report about a scheme to help reluctant readers and children who are struggling to concentrate by introducing a dog to the classroom.

Anne Darwin, Sex and young women, Jackie Clune  

Anne Darwin on her part in the 'canoe fraud' she perpetrated with her then husband to fake his death and reconciling with her children after prison. Peggy Orenstein on her new book Girls and Sex and young women's experience and expectations of pleasure. Writer and actor Jackie Clune on the all female Shakespeare season and playing both comic relief in The Tempest and Julius Caesar in the Donmar Warehouse's temporary space in Kings Cross in London. Late Night Woman's Hour - where does private space for women end and public space begin? With Becca Bunce and Bridget Minamore.

Mbira Music, Women's Workplace Rights, Unmasking of Elena Ferrante  

Anna Mudeka on her passion for the traditional Mbira instrument and why she's bringing the music of her ancestors from her native Zimbabwe to different audiences in the UK. How will Theresa May's Great Repeal Bill to convert EU law into British legislation affect women's workplace rights? Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union law at the University of Cambridge joins Jane. Journalist Deborah Orr on her reaction to the apparent unmasking of the anonymous Italian writer Elena Ferrante, author of Neapolitan series of novels. Julie Burchill made her name as a fearless and controversial newspaper columnist. We asked her to write a series on the subject of overrated virtues and underrated vices. This week she describes the pleasure of sloth. Sheila Rowbotham has been described as the most underrated feminist of our time with books that have paved the way for feminist thought and scholarship in Britain. She talks about her new book, Rebel Crossings: New Women, Free Lovers, and Radicals in Britain and the United States. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Anne Peacock.

Jo Malone, Bella Younger  

Jo Malone, one of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs, launched her beautician business in 1989 and began making small samples of moisturiser and bath oil for clients. In 1999 she sold her eponymous fragrance business to Estee Lauder for "undisclosed millions". Jo left the company in 2006 and five years later launched her new fragrance brand Jo Loves. She joins Jane to discuss her memoir, Jo Malone: My Story. BBC correspondent, Carole Walker joins Jane from the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham. 28 year old comedian Bella Younger started her Deliciously Stella blog after feeling overwhelmed by the number of avocados and gluten-free hash tags clogging up her online feeds. Her 'clean-eating' parody account involves using strawberry laces as a pasta alternative and excessive doughnut consumption in an attempt to increase her intake of 'hole foods'. She has performed as Deliciously Stella at this year's Edinburgh Festival and has just published her own recipe book. Last night the Colombian people voted not to endorse a peace agreement between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's largest rebel group. It would have ended over fifty years of conflict. The Peace deal had brought women into the heart of it, and had an unprecedented focus on women's rights, offering investigations into sexual crimes committed against them and land reform as some such promises. Jane is joined by Head of BBC Mundo, Hernando Alverez, and Mariela Kohon, Director of Justice for Colombia and ambassador on behalf of FARC in the peace negotiations, to discuss why they believe the country voted no and what that means for peace and women moving forwards. We look at the etiquette of group texts. Whether it's a group of work colleagues, old school friends, or your family, there are innumerable ways of making a social faux pas. Jane speaks to Journalist Edwina Langley and comedian Helen Thorn about the etiquette of group messaging and some of the pitfalls you can fall into.

Weekend Woman's Hour: The Girl on the Train, Jo Brand, Amanda Knox, Rosie Ayliffe  

The Girl On The Train. As the book which became an international best seller is released as a film starring Emily Blunt, Emily and author Paula Hawkins discuss its themes. Following her murder of her daughter Mia Ayliffe Chung in August in a remote farmworkers' hostel while backpacking in Australia, Rosie Ayliffe explains why she's campaigning to improve conditions for young casual workers. Jo Brand tells us how she wants to change perceptions of social work by combining social work and comedy in her new Channel 4 series, Damned. Novelist Charlotte Mendelson reveals how her love of gardening distracts her from writing. She talks of her love of 'extreme allotmenteering' as an obsession and an addiction, and her garden as a 'laughably small, tiny jungle' in her first book of non-fiction, Rhapsody In Green. As a new documentary looks at the complicated case of Amanda Knox - convicted and acquitted twice in Italy of the murder of Meredith Kercher - Joan Smith analyses what the film tells us about attitudes to women and the influence of a scandal hungry press. As two new autobiographies by Jeremy Paxman and Bruce Springsteen blame their fathers for psychological troubles, we ask if an emotionally neglectful or abusive father can do damage which lasts a lifetime. Research Psychologist Dr David Cohen, and Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at University College London, join Jenni to explain the evidence. And young actress Letitia Wright. One of Screen International's UK Stars of Tomorrow, she now has her first leading role in a film called Urban Hymn. She describes to Jane how her early teenage passion for acting and her naïve, but dogged perseverance eventually paid off with her very first acting roles.

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