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Woman's Hour

Elisabeth Moss, Bill Cosby on trial, seven women from seven decades

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

The Actor Elisabeth Moss discusses her role as Offred in the television adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. Why is the story still resonant more than 30 years after it was first published?

Karen Gardner was one of the women who had accused Rolf Harris of molesting her when she was 16 years old. She tells us how she feels now that a court has decided Rolf Harris will face no further legal action over allegations of historical sexual abuse after a jury was unable to reach a verdict.

As part of Woman's Hour 70th Birthday year we hear from seven women all born in different decades since 1946. Stemettes founder Anne-Marie Imafidon, journalist Bryony Gordon, dentist Dr Uchenna Okoye, performer Penny Pepper, former Isuzu MD Nikki King and 73 year old model Jan de Villeneuve all discuss body image and the importance of financial independence. While ten year old Solei talks about how to combat bullying.

We discuss why the highly successful Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has become such a topic of controversy. The show features a high school girl who kills herself and throughout the series she explains why. Kate Delaney is a young writer who has experienced suicidal thoughts and thinks it's important to portray mental health problems so that they can be discussed. Writer Lucy Nichol has a teenage stepson who has struggled with his mental health and Alice Newton is a suicide prevention advisor for the charity Papyrus.

This week the trial into sexual assault claims made against the comedian Bill Cosby has begun. After years of rumours involving the US star, in 2004 women began to come forward with stories of alleged drugging and sexual assaults. But it has taken ten years to bring the issue to public consciousness in 2014 - why? The Playwright Bonnie Greer and filmmaker Ricardo Pollack discuss.

Presented by Jenni Murray
Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor: Jane Thurlow. Show less

Contributors

Presenter:
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Elisabeth Moss
Interviewed Guest:
Karen Gardner
Interviewed Guest:
Anne-Marie Imafidon
Interviewed Guest:
Bryony Gordon
Interviewed Guest:
Uchenna Okoye
Interviewed Guest:
Penny Pepper
Interviewed Guest:
Nikki King
Interviewed Guest:
Jan de Villeneuve
Interviewed Guest:
Kate Delaney
Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Nichol
Interviewed Guest:
Alice Newton
Interviewed Guest:
Bonnie Greer
Interviewed Guest:
Ricardo Pollack

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