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Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.

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Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.

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By GidgetlovesMana - May 26 2020
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The podcasters are so rude! One mumbles and the other one interrupts all the speakers.

A variety of truly interesting topics!

By The Huds - Mar 04 2020
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This podcast has made me feel so much more informed, particularly about topics that interest me (and I care about)!! I do wish, though, that the host would allow people to finish their thoughts rather than interrupting during interviews.

iTunes Ratings

171 Ratings
Average Ratings
130
16
11
7
7

Awful!

By GidgetlovesMana - May 26 2020
Read more
The podcasters are so rude! One mumbles and the other one interrupts all the speakers.

A variety of truly interesting topics!

By The Huds - Mar 04 2020
Read more
This podcast has made me feel so much more informed, particularly about topics that interest me (and I care about)!! I do wish, though, that the host would allow people to finish their thoughts rather than interrupting during interviews.

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Rank #1: The BBC's Big Night in; PPE doesn’t fit women; Child maintenance suspended

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Comic Relief and Children In Need are joining forces for the first time for a special night of comedy, music and live entertainment, to raise money for their projects on BBC 1 tonight. It'll celebrate the people who making a difference and supporting those affected during these extraordinary times. Zoe Ball tell us about The Big Night In.

The British Medical Association, the professional organisation for doctors, highlights the fact personal protective equipment (PPE) tends to be designed for the “size and shape of male bodies”, despite the fact that 75 per cent of NHS workers are women. We hear from Dr. Helen Fidler Deputy Chair of the BMA UK Consultants Committee.

There are nearly 2 million single parents across the UK, and many rely on Child Maintenance Payment . However the COVID-19 crisis means many people have lost their job or some of their income. So, the Department for Work and Pensions has said that parents who pay it will be allowed to stop or reduce payments without any investigation or appeal. What impact will that have on single parent households? Angela a single mum of two tells us about what the changes will mean for her. Plus we hear from Victoria Benson the CEO of Gingerbread a charity who offer for single parent families.

Why does society blame the victims of sexual violence rather than the perpetrators? Dr Jessica Taylor explains her research into how victim blaming works

And the complexities of friendship, intimacy and young love - we speak to Daisy Edgar Jones who plays Marianne, in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People.

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell

Guest; Daisy Edgar Jones
Guest; Zoe Ball.
Guest; Dr Helen Fidler
Guest; Victoria Benson
Guest; Jessica Taylor

Apr 23 2020

44mins

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Rank #2: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the award-winning writer and creator of Fleabag, tells Jenni Murray about all things Fleabag: from celibacy, religion and sexual fluidity to the relationship between feminism and breast size, and of course the ‘Hot Priest’.
Plus insight into the characters from Killing Eve, behind the scenes working on the new Bond film and how friends can be the greatest love story of your life.

After the first season of Fleabag aired on the BBC in 2016, Phoebe brought us more complex and unpredictable female characters with her hit TV drama Killing Eve. In 2019 the second series of Fleabag won her critical acclaim in the US as well as the UK, including a handful of Emmys and a multi-million pound producing deal, and now a book Fleabag: The Scriptures.

So how has she handled such an extraordinary run of success? And what difference has her work made to the way we see women on TV?

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Helen Fitzhenry
Interviewed guest: Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Feb 21 2020

42mins

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Rank #3: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emetophobia, a Perfect Winter Salad

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge, famous for Fleabag and Killing Eve, is on the programme.

We hear why the fear of being sick or hearing others be sick affects more women than men. It's called emetophobia and someone who suffers from it explains what it's like. Professor David Veale, a consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, joins us too.

Islamic faith marriages aren’t valid under English law according to a recent Court of Appeal ruling. Now campaigners are worried that thousands of Muslim women have no rights if they divorce. We hear from Somiya who had to persuade her husband to marry her officially and Pragna Patel from Southall Black Sisters.

An all-female team of investigative journalists from the 50-50 team at Open Democracy carried out an investigation into crisis pregnancy centres in 18 countries. Nandini Archer, the assistant editor, tells what they found out.

We cook the perfect winter salad of red leaves, mackeral and orange with the food writer Catherine Phipps.

And Tilda Offen, Harriet Adams and Ellie Welling, friends of 17 year old Ellie Gould who was murdered last year, tell us why they want self-defence classes to be part of the national curriculum.

Presented by: Jane Garvey
Produced by: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor: Siobhann Tighe

Feb 22 2020

56mins

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Rank #4: Covid-19. Jane Garvey takes your calls.

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Jane Garvey takes your calls on Covid-19. Joined by Psychologist Laverne Antrobus and Sarah Stewart Brown Professor of Public Health at Warwick University .

What measures are you putting in place? How will you manage with young as well as older children, do you face particular problems with those that have special needs. What about work ? If you are someone who can work at home do you have the tech to support that.

Have you thought about setting up a local neighbourhood support network? What provisions are you putting in place for older relatives?

How do you think you will cope with being socially isolated ? If you’re in cramped accommodation or shared housing, how do you see that working out.

What about the financial implications - if you’re on low income or a zero hours contract and perhaps rely on things like free school meals

We'd love to hear your thoughts. Lines open at 8am on Monday morning 03700 100 444. You can email via the website or tweet your comments @bbcwomanshour now.
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Beverley Purcell

Guest; Prof Sarah Stewart Brown
Guest; Lavern Antrobus

Mar 16 2020

47mins

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Rank #5: Keeping in touch with grandchildren, Rihanna's durag Vogue cover

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With most families self-isolating how should we explain the sudden absence of close family members to very young children? Listener Glynis is 73 and self-isolating alone. She used to see her 26 month old granddaughter regularly but has now completely disappeared from her life. Will her granddaughter be feeling abandoned and confused? Is she too young to really notice? Lynne Hipkin is a Clinical Psychologist who works with children and families and will be explaining how everyone can accommodate these recent changes to our lives.

Durags, black culture and high fashion. This week, Rihanna made history – and a statement – by wearing a durag for her photoshoot on the front cover of British Vogue. Is this a turning point for how the scarf is perceived in both popular culture and high fashion? Kenya Hunt is a Fashion Director at Grazia UK. Funmi Fetto is a Contributing Editor at British Vogue and the Beauty Director at the Observer Magazine.

Young workers and women have been hardest hit by the shutdown of large sectors of the economy, according to research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
We hear from the Deputy Director Robert Joyce.

The American podcast Criminal has over 5.5 million downloads each month, and 133 episodes to date. Each episode tells a different real life story, ranging from Jolly Jane the notorious woman poisoner, to the tale behind the phrase Stockholm syndrome. Phoebe Judge, host and co-creator, joins Jane to talk podcasting, women criminals, and why people find true crime so fascinating?

Novelist Sarah Vaughan on her new book, Little Disasters - a psychological thriller about the impossibility of understanding what’s going on in the mind of another. It explores the judgement of mothers, the loneliness some women feel and the need to reach out even when someone appears to be coping just fine.

Presented by Jane Garvey
Produced by Jane Thurlow

Interviewed guest: Lynne Hipkin
Interviewed guest: Robert Joyce
Interviewed guest: Funmi Fetto
Interviewed guest: Kenya Hunt
Interviewed guest: Phoebe Judge
Interviewed guest: Sarah Vaughan

Apr 06 2020

47mins

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Rank #6: When your child has cancer...

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Childhood cancer is thankfully rare and the past few decades have seen dramatic improvements in the outlook for children diagnosed with the disease; today more than three-quarters survive. We hear from three mothers – Sam, June and Jenny - whose children were diagnosed. How did they cope day to day watching their offspring struggle through endless treatment? How does it impact the rest of the family? And how has the experience affected their response to the world around them?

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Sam Waters-Long
Interviewed Guest: Jenny Grenfell-Shaw
Interviewed Guest: June Williams
Interviewed Guest: Helen Campbell
Interviewed Guest:, Anna Regan

Feb 27 2020

46mins

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Rank #7: Hubble astronaut Kathryn Sullivan; Romy Gill cooks spicy chickpeas; Reducing domestic violence

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Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, was an astronaut in the team that launched the Hubble Space Telescope on April 25th, 1990. She joins Jane to talk about her experience of being a female astronaut in the '90s, and maintaining and repairing the most productive observatory in history.

The UK government is a world-leading investor in research on the prevention of violence against women and girls. Between 2013 and 2019 it has invested £25 million in pilots across 12 countries in Africa and Asia to research ways to prevent it in different contexts – the largest ever study of its kind. ‘What works to prevent violence against women and girls?’ has focused on producing rigorous evidence on a global scale for the first time that can be shared with other governments, donors and civil society organisations to encourage more effective global action. Many of those experts and organisations involved in the research in Africa are meeting in London today to reflect on their findings. Jane talks to a few of those involved about their research, their recommendations and what they hope will happen next.

Vogue Williams, TV presenter and influencer talks about being a parent in the public eye and parent shaming. Vogue is married to Spencer Matthews who she met on a reality TV series and they have a one-year old son, Theodore. Where does Vogue draw the line between a willingness to share her family life and standing up for herself if she is judged for her parenting decisions? How much is parent shaming here to stay?

Romy Gill’s new book 'Zaika’ celebrates vegan recipes from India. She joins Jane in the studio to cook the perfect Spicy Chickpeas.

Presenter - Jane Garvey
Producer - Anna Lacey
Guest - Kathryn Sullivan
Guest - Prabu Deepen
Guest - Jessica Horn
Guest - Charlotte Watts
Guest - Vogue Williams
Guest - Romy Gill

Mar 03 2020

47mins

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Rank #8: Crazy Cat Ladies, Female QCs and Rough sex as defence

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If you are man and own a cat, you are a man with a cat. If you are a woman with one, you are a crazy cat lady. Recently the term crazy cat lady has been reclaimed in a positive way on social media but many say it is a pejorative term used against women who break from tradition. Alice Maddicott is the author of Cat Women and writer Kat Brown has two cats, Ambridge and Genevieve and has written about the support they gave her during fertility treatment.
Next week 114 new QCs will receive their silks at a ceremony in front of the Lord Chancellor at Westminster Hall. Of those 114 just 30 are women. So what’s holding women back?
A children’s nurse on the edge of physical and mental collapse is at the centre of a new novel Rest And Be Thankful. The author, Emma Glass is a paediatric nurse herself so she knows all about hands red raw from washing and how to support grieving parents so why did she decide to write a novel using her experiences?
Rough sex is sometimes used as a defence in court cases involving sexual violence. The government says it’s going to look at these rough sex laws as part of the Domestic Abuse Bill, which had its First Reading in the House of Commons last week. Parliament being prorogued and then the election in December delayed the progress of the Bill. To get the latest on the Bill is the MP and Mother of the House, Harriet Harman.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Interviewed guest: Alice Maddicott author of Cat Women
Interviewed guest: Writer Kat Brown
Interviewed guest: Sian Mirchandani QC from 4 New Square
Interviewed guest: Rebecca Tuck from Old Square Chambers
Interviewed guest: Author Emma Glass
Interviewed guest: MP Harriet Harman
Producer: Henrietta Harrison

Mar 11 2020

43mins

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Rank #9: Abi Dare, Breast Surgery, Coronavirus

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Abi Dare has written a novel about house girls in Nigeria. It's called The Girl with the Louding Voice. The main character is Adunni who's 14 and has been sold into domestic servitude. She becomes a victim of rape, abuse and poverty but more than anything, she wants an education.

Coronavirus is dominating the news. There's a risk that the TV, radio, and social media coverage can be scary for children. So how do we reassure them, and how do we get the message across that what they do can protect themselves as well as others?

After mastectomies the aim is to make breasts look and feel as they did before but sensitivity tends to suffer. We hear about the changes women can expect and what treatments are available for women here in the UK from London breast surgeon, Dr Ayesha Khan. We also go to California to hear from Sarafina Nance who's an astrophysics PhD student in the US. She's leading a campaign to increase understanding of sensitivity and what can help. She talks to Jenni about an experimental nerve-preserving procedure she herself received in the US last year.

Women Beware Women is a Jacobean revenge drama about patriarchy, predation and the manipulation of young women. It's on in London and seems very relevant to our #MeToo era. The play features Tara Fitzgerald. She comes into the studio to discuss whether her character, Livia, is just a comical minx or a woman who both controls and destroys lives?

Mar 04 2020

42mins

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Rank #10: Jessie & Lennie Ware, Nadine Shah, Naomi Wolf & The Beauty Myth 30 years on

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Popstar turned podcaster Jessie Ware and her mum Lennie Ware discuss working together in their hit podcast Table Manners where they cook dinner for a different celebrity every week.
Should racing be doing more to celebrate the fact that it is one of the few sports where men and women compete in the same events? We speak to Jockey Lizzie Kelly - the first woman to win a Grade One race in Britain and now holder of two Grade Ones and two Cheltenham Festival winners. As Cheltenham starts again this year she joins us to discuss Just Jockeys, a campaign by Great British Racing.
It was International Women's Day yesterday and one of the events to mark the occasion took place at the Roundhouse in North London. Part of the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival it featured an all female line up. Nadine Shah began yesterday's performance. She spoke to reporter Georgie Rogers.
Thirty years ago saw the publication of The Beauty Myth. In it, the author, Naomi Wolf argued that the pressure to be beautiful was what she described as ‘a cultural conspiracy’ and ‘the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact What, we ask, has changed three decades on?

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Interviewed guest: Jessie Ware
Interviewed guest: Lennie Ware
Interviewed guest: Lizzie Kelly
Interviewed guest: Nadine Shah
Interviewed guest: Naomi Wolf
Reporter: Georgie Rogers
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

Mar 09 2020

44mins

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Rank #11: Mary Berry, Lynda La Plante

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Running a household in the Coronavirus lockdown can feel a bit like we’re back in the 1950’s. Calling over the fence to borrow a cup of sugar has once more become a reality as some foods are now in short supply, and there’s ‘rationing’ of items in supermarkets, though some of those restrictions are now lifting. But every last breadcrumb counts if you don’t want to or indeed can’t leave the house. Jane asks dietitian Priya Tew and baking legend Mary Berry for their tips on how to maintain a healthy diet and make the most of what you’ve got. Mary also gives us her recipe for lockdown birthday cake.

MARY BERRY’S ‘LOCKDOWN’ BIRTHDAY CAKE

VICTORIA SANDWICH
INGREDIENTS
FOR THE SPONGE
• 225g baking spread
• 225g caster sugar
• 225g self-raising flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 4 large eggs
FOR THE FILLING AND TOPPING
• About 4 tbsp raspberry or strawberry jam
• A little caster sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
Makes 6-8 slices
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas mark 4. Cut 2 greaseproof paper circles, grease the sandwich tins with baking spread and put the circles inside. Grease the circles.
2. Place the baking spread in a large mixing bowl, then add the caster sugar, self-raising flour and baking powder. Crack the eggs one at a time and then add to the bowl.
3. Using the electric mixer on slow speed, beat for 2 minutes until smooth. The mixture will be soft enough to drop off the beaters when you lift them up.
4. Divide the mixture equally between the prepared tins and level the surfaces with a palette knife or spatula. Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes.
5. The cakes are ready when they are risen and pale golden. The tops should spring back when lightly pressed. Cool for about 2 minutes; loosen the edges with a knife.
6. Push the cased out of the tins on their bases, invert them and remove the bases. Cool the cakes the right way up on a rack. Soften the jam with a palette knife.
7. When the cakes are cold, remove the lining papers and invert one cake layer onto a plate. Spread with jam, put the other layer on top and sprinkle with caster sugar.
This recipe is taken from: Baking Bible (BBC Books)
The charity Citizens Advice has found that almost half of survivors of domestic abuse have had their post intercepted, opened or hidden by the perpetrator. This has resulted in missed medical treatments, isolation from vital support networks and billions in cost to survivors as a result of hidden bills or credit taken out in their identity. How can these victims of domestic abuse - and their families - receive better support? Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs is the Chief Executive of Surviving Economic Abuse. Anne Pardoe is a Policy Manager at Citizens Advice. Shana experienced economic abuse herself.

What’s it like losing your dream job to Coronavirus? In today’s Woman’s Hour Corona Diaries, we hear from 21 year old Elizabeth who lives near Bude in Cornwall. She’d started working as a singer on a cruise ship when the Covid-19 crisis left her back on dry land and helping out on the family dairy farm. Although she wants to stay positive about getting back out to sea, she talks to Jane about the prospect of taking on the farm should anything happen to her parents.

Lynda La Plante speaks to Jane about Buried, the first in her latest series of crime thriller books

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Caroline Donne

Interviewed guest: Mary Berry
Interviewed guest: Priya Tew
Interviewed guest: Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs
Interviewed guest: Anne Pardoe
Interviewed guest: Lynda La Plante

Apr 07 2020

46mins

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Rank #12: Covid-19 and eating disorders. Nicole Taylor, writer of the drama The Nest. Plus celebrating Passover under lockdown.

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The UK’s leading charity supporting those affected by eating disorders BEAT estimates that around 1.25 million people in the UK have an eating disorder. They’ve seen a 30% increase for demands in services in light of the Coronavirus. With so much emphasis on food shortages and stockpiling, how are those with eating disorders going to be affected ? Listener Amy Nguyen is an Anorexia survivor, Megan Jayne Crabbe a mental health and lifestyle blogger and Jess Griffiths is one of BEAT’s Clinical Associate Trainers.

Covid-19 has also seen a high level of anxiety among pregnant women. Jo Mountfield Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a consultant obstetrician at University Hospital Southampton explains what maternity services might look like and why mums to be should still seek help if they’re concerned.

When the first world war broke out the suffragettes suspended their campaign for Votes for Women to join the war effort. Pioneering couple Louisa Garrett Anderson and Flora Murray moved to France and set up two small military hospitals with a staff of volunteers. It was so successful the War Ministry asked them to return to London and establish one there. Wendy Moore’s book Endell Street is about the lives of the pioneering couple and the remarkable women who worked with them.

Writer Nicole Taylor talks about her new BBC Drama ‘The Nest’. And in today's Woman's Hour Corona Diary we hear from Rachel Snow-Miller about what it's like celebrating Passover under lockdown .

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell

Guest; Wendy Moore
Guest; Nicole Taylor
Guest; Amy Nguyen
Guest; Megan Jayne Crabbe
Guest; Jess Griffiths
Guest; Rachel Snow-Miller

Apr 09 2020

45mins

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Rank #13: Sewing, Victim Blaming & Daisy Edgar Jones

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We hear why the lockdown is the perfect time to give sewing and mending your clothes a try with Ros Studd a textiles teacher; Dulcie Scott a TV costume designer and Esme Young the fashion designer and judge on The Great British Sewing Bee

Dr Jessica Taylor, a research Pyschologist and founder of Victim Focus tells us why victim blaming is endemic.

We look at the impact of death and dying during the pandemic and hear from Sarah Tully who’s dad died from Covid-19 and from Dr Rachel Clarke a specialist in Palliative Care and the clinical Psychologist Dr Frances Goodhart.

The author Stephanie Scott tells us about the true story behind her debut novel What’s Left of Me is Yours.

We hear how are different countries are responding to gender based violence during the pandemic, with Natalie Higgins, Senior Europe Producer for the BBC.

And the actress Daisy Edgar-Jones tells us about playing the role of Marianne in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best selling novel Normal People.

Presented by: Jenni Murray
Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor: Lucinda Montefiore

Guest; Esme Young
Guest; Ros Studd
Guest; Dr Jessica Taylor
Guest; Sarah Tully
Guest; Dr Rachel Clarke
Guest; Dr Frances Goodhart
Guest; Stephanie Scott
Guest Daisy Edgar Jones

Apr 25 2020

55mins

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Rank #14: Glenda Jackson, Coronavirus & Advice for Pregnant Women

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We consider the latest advice for pregnant women when it comes to coronavirus. Jane speaks to Jess Brammer, editor in chief HuffPost UK, who is currently on maternity leave and Dr Mary Ross-Davie - Director for Scotland, Royal College of Midwives. And in other coronavirus news: many offices, shops, bars, restaurants, schools, are likely to close. Many workers and businesses will see their income collapse, almost overnight. So what if you are laid off? What if you are self-employed? What financial decisions should you be making? What support could you be entitled to?

Glenda Jackson plays the poet, writer and critic Edith Sitwell in Radio 4 drama Edith Sitwell in Scarborough. She joins Jane to discuss Edith, as well as being on grandma duty and what books she would recommend during a period of isolation.

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on a Bill to reform the Gender Recognition Act. Jane talks to Rhona Hotchkiss, former governor of Cornton Vale prison in Stirling and signatory of SNP women’s pledge and James Morton, Manager of the Scottish Trans Alliance about concerns for protecting trans rights and women’s rights and how any Scottish legislation will sit with the UK Equality Act 2010.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Interviewed guest: Dr Mary Ross-Davie
Interviewed guest: Jess Brammer
Interviewed guest: Jasmine Birtles
Interviewed guest: Glenda Jackson
Interviewed guest: Rhona Hotchkiss
Interviewed guest: James Morton
Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

Mar 17 2020

47mins

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Rank #15: Family Secrets...

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In the latest in our series of Family Secrets a listener called Helen got in touch to tell us about the discovery she made after the death of her mother and the suicide pact she kept quiet about for nearly forty years.

Last week’s budget saw a series of big public spending and investment projects announced. These focused on physical infrastructure. But what of social infrastructure – the investment in people who staff social care and the support for women in and out of work as the country faces the enormous challenge of Covid 19. Jenni speaks to Professor Diane Elson of the Women’s Budget Group and Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK.

Curator, writer and lecturer Bolanle Tajudeen is the founder of Black Blossoms, a platform dedicated to spotlighting black women and black non-binary visual artists. Jenni met Bolanle recently at the Women of the World 10th anniversary festival. How has black feminism influenced the work of black female fine art artists and why do they struggle to get a platform for their work.

Diana Nammi grew up in the Kurdish region of Iran in the 1960s and 1970s, playing her own part in the revolution of 1979. At the age of 17, under the new Islamic regime, she became a Pershmerga, Kurdish fighter. Twelve years on the frontline, she discusses her book ‘Girl with a Gun’.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Carolyn Abrahams
Interviewed Guest: Diane Elson
Interviewed Guest: Bolanle Tajudeen
Reporter: Jo Morris
Interviewed Guest: Diana Nammi

Mar 18 2020

41mins

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Rank #16: Women of Colour & Gardening; Free School Meals; Clear Communication in a Crisis

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It’s the beginning of spring, and in more recent years, gardening is being seen as a therapeutic form of self-care. But for women of colour, planting is becoming a popular way to establish ownership and celebrate cultural heritage. Aimée Grant Cumberbatch is the founder of Grown, a gardening club for women of colour. Flo Headlam has been gardening professionally since 2012, and in 2017 she became BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World’s first black presenter.

Five years ago chef, Nicole Pisani gave up cheffing in a top London restaurant to make school dinners. Now working in Hackney she joins Jane with executive headteacher, Louise Nichols, who runs three schools in the borough. They tell Jane why have they set up a Free School Dinners campaign and their hopes to see it expand whilst schools are closed.

“Stay at home, save lives”, but is the message getting through and are other messages people are getting confusing it? The Chief Medical Officer for Scotland and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England have been widely praised for keeping it clear, concise and comprehensible. Is there anything that men can learn from women about crisis communications?

Dr Camilla Pang was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of eight. She struggled to understand the world around her. Now aged 26, and with a PhD in biochemistry, Camilla has used her specialist scientific knowledge to examine society’s obscure customs, the strangeness of social norms and identify what it really means to be human in her new book, 'Explaining Humans' .

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey

Interviewed Guest: Louise Nichols
Interviewed Guest: Nicole Pisani
Interviewed Guest: Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest: Helen Lewis
Interviewed Guest: Dr Camilla Pang
Interviewed Guest: Aimée Grant Cumberbatch
Interviewed Guest: Flo Headlam

Mar 24 2020

50mins

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Rank #17: Having a baby in lockdown

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We hear from you about what it’s like to be pregnant, give birth and look after a new baby in the Covid-19 lockdown.

Antenatal, labour and post-natal care has had to transform in the last two months, in order to combat the virus. Pregnant women are considered a vulnerable group to Covid and are recommended to self-isolate for their third trimester. Routine face-to-face appointments have been reduced and more is being done by phone. The way you give birth may have had to change, and partners can no longer stay on labour wards beyond the birth itself. And of course for new parents, family and friends haven’t been able to visit in person.

What has all this meant for you? As well as the challenges, have there been any unexpected upsides? Jane is joined by midwife Leah Hazard and obstetrician Dr Kenga Sivarajah to hear your stories.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Sarah Crawley
Interviewed Guest: Leah Hazard
Interviewed Guest: Dr Kenga Sivarajah
Interviewed Guest: Ibukun Fisher
Interviewed Guest: Elsa Rickett-Trueman
Interviewed Guest: Laura le Masurier
Interviewed Guest: Kate Duncan
Interviewed Guest: Lizzie Williams
Interviewed Guest: Frankie Eshun

May 25 2020

54mins

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Rank #18: Photographer Doris Derby. Composer Emily Hall. What's behind the success of TikTok?

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We hear about the impetus to chronicle the civil rights struggle in 1960s Mississippi from photographer Doris Derby

Women will be disproportionally affected by climate change. But they’re also at the forefront of campaigning against it. One of the most famous, Greta Thunberg, was in Bristol last week addressing crowds of young people. But have things changed since her first school strike in 2018? According to a new book, ‘Our House is on Fire – Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis’, they are but not nearly fast enough. What might motivate governments and people to truly act?

Composer Emily Hall will be telling us about the inspiration behind her piece for the Seven Ages of Women a new commission by Radio 3 to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday.

And we look at the huge success of TikTok the free social media app where users create, share and watch videos and ask; Why is it so popular among teenagers?

Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Beverley Purcell

Guest; Doris Derby
Guest; Emily Hall
Guest; Professor Alice Larkin
Guest; Dr Alexa Spence
Guest; Sarah Manavis
Guest; Elizabeth Wosho

Mar 05 2020

45mins

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