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Anita Roddick

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Anita Roddick - a game changer in the beauty world? Jane Garvey presents.

Anita Roddick - a game changer in the beauty world? The Pakistani politician and activist Humaira Awais Shahid. Plus Louise Welsh on her new novel A Lovely Way to Burn.

Dame Anita Roddick turned a small cosmetics shop she started in her Brighton kitchen into a global brand. and brought concepts like sustainable business and environmental awareness into the mainstream. So how much of a Game Changer was she within the beauty industry?

Law and order is breaking down in London as " the sweats", a deadly virus, sweeps through the city's population. It's Louise Welsh's new novel, A Lovely Way to Burn, the first in a trilogy, set in the very near future. Why are we so fascinated with apocalyptic tales of death, war and mass destruction?

We respond to a listener who contacted the programme and asked us to address the question; What is a healthy attitude to masturbation within a relationship? How open should we be about 'solo masturbation' when we have a partner?

Over the weekend the Law Society issued guidance for High Street solicitors on how to compose Islamic wills compliant with Sharia Law. What's behind their decision and what impact could it have on women?

Humaira Awais Shahid was a young academic when she married into one of the most powerful media families in Pakistan. She was persuaded to join The Post, the newspaper her husband edited, and was given the woman's pages. Rather than continuing to run articles on beauty and celebrities, she decided to launch investigations into the issues facing women in Pakistan; acid attacks, forced marriage, and child prostitution. It led to a career in politics and to her becoming known as "the most unmanageable woman in Pakistan."

Presented by Jane Garvey.

Edited and Produced by Beverley Purcell.

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Presenter
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Clive Coleman
Interviewed Guest
Caroline Cox
Interviewed Guest
Louise Welsh
Interviewed Guest
Humaira Awais Shahid
Interviewed Guest
Sam Roddick
Interviewed Guest
Lucy Siegle
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Producer
Beverley Purcell
Editor
Beverley Purcell

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Crowdfunding Cosmetic Surgery

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Why some women are using crowdfunding to pay for breast implants. Jane Garvey presents.

The women using crowdfunding to pay for cosmetic surgery, the reasons behind clothes choices, and whether the gut is the most neglected part of the body. With Jane Garvey.

An increasing number of British women are signing up to a US website that allows women to raise money for breast implants. Jane Garvey talks to Natalie who recently funded her surgery through the site and to Brian who's a donor. Plus the sex columnist for The Times Suzi Godson, on her reservations about the site especially for women with low self-esteem and those who may be suffering from body dysmorphia.

According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, over 20 percent of women living there reported that their first sexual experience was rape.. Phoebe Tansley, is the founder of AND - Attacked Not Defeated, a charity with volunteers based in London and Uganda which hopes to open up facilities offering both physical and mental help for victims.

Giulia Enders is a 25 year-old medicine student and author of 'Gut: the inside story of our body's most under-rated organ', which argues that the gut has been unfairly neglected and that we're only now beginning to truly understand its power.

Plus what made you choose the clothes you're wearing today? Did you want to feel powerful, attractive, comfortable, clean? Or to fit in with the people you work with? Leanne Shapton is one of the authors of a book - Women in Clothes - which explores the questions we ask ourselves while getting dressed every day.

Presenter Jane Garvey

Producer Beverley Purcell.

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Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Phoebe Tansley
Interviewed Guest
Catherine Byaruhanga
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Giulia Enders
Interviewed Guest
Leanne Shapton
Producer
Beverley Purcell

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Women's influence on GE2015, Nancy Sinatra, Minette Walters

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Jenni Murray presents the female perspective, including women's influence on the election.

Women's influence on the election 2015, Nancy Sinatra, crowdfunded breast augmentation, domestic abuse in China and Minette Walters on her novel The Cellar.

We discuss women's influence on the 2015 Election with Professor Sarah Childs from Bristol University and Michelle Harrison of TNS. Nancy Sinatra is interviewed by Jane Garvey and Cerys Matthews.

Crowd-funded breast augmentation - we talk to a woman who raised money for implants by chatting to men online and a man who's given money.

The Guardian's China Correspondent Tania Branigan on what's being done to reduce high levels of domestic abuse in Chinese families.

Minette Walters, 'the Queen of Crime' on her new novel The Cellar. Sheila Kitzinger's daughters Celia and Jenny discuss her legacy.

Women in Clothes - Leanne Shapton and Kira Jolliffe - on the book that asked more than 600 women why they choose to dress as they do.

Presenter: Jenni Murray

Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed.

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Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest
Sarah Childs
Interviewed Guest
Michelle Harrison
Interviewed Guest
Tania Brannigan
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Minette Walters
Interviewed Guest
Celia Kitzinger
Interviewed Guest
Jenny Kitzinger
Interviewed Guest
Leanne Shapton
Interviewed Guest
Kira Jolliffe
Interviewed Guest
Nancy Sinatra
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Rabeka Nurmahomed

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Female-friendly Mosque; Justine Greening; the New Female Viagra

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How close are we to launching a safe Viagra equivalent for women?

Michelle Obama is in London to promote the US president's Let Girls Learn initiative. And a look at what the UK government is doing to support education for girls around the world.

Michelle Obama is in London to promote the US President's Let Girls Learn initiative. We look at what the UK government is doing to support the education of girls around the world.

Plans are being made for a female friendly mosque in Bradford. We find out how much progress has been made and why some Muslim women feel they are marginalised by UK mosques.

How near are we to finding a safe medical treatment for female loss of sexual drive? The final decision in the US for the drug Flibanserin, designed to boost women's desire for sex, is due in August. We look at how this drug works, how effective it is, what the risks are and why it is causing such a stir.

A State of the World's Fathers Report has been published looking at the role of fatherhood in the global fight for gender equality. Is this an overlooked area that can help in the fight to end violence against women and children?

What do we know now about the women's votes in this last General Election? Was there a gender gap?

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Jane Garvey
Producer
Lucinda Montefiore
Interviewed Guest
Justine Greening
Interviewed Guest
Gary Barker
Interviewed Guest
Nikki van der Gaag
Interviewed Guest
Bana Gora
Interviewed Guest
Cynthia Graham
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
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Sheryl Kingsberg
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Rosie Campbell

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Women-Friendly Mosque, Working Lives of Women

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Plans for a mosque run by women in Bradford and following in the steps of Sylvia Pankhurst

Plans for a mosque run by women in Bradford. Following in the steps of Sylvia Pankhurst. Tips for surviving the wedding season. And Shivi Ramoutar cooks the perfect buljol butties.

Plans in Bradford for a mosque to be run by women - Bana Gora and Selina Ullah tell us why they think it's necessary.

We discuss gender, race and identity with Emma Dabiri and Jane Fae. The first State of the World's Fathers Report. How close are we to the licensing of a drug to boost women's desire for sex - and should it be viewed as a great beacon of sexual equality?

In 1906 suffragette and journalist Slyvia Pankhurst made a pilgrimage through the north of England and Scotland to find out about the lives of working women. In the first of a series of features with women doing manual work today Emma Barnett goes to a pottery factory in Stoke on Trent.

Summer is here and with it the wedding season. New research says it costs an average of £640 to attend a wedding - Aleisha McCormack and Louise Harris give some survival tips. And Shivi Ramoutar Cooks the Perfect...Buljol Butties.

Presented by Emma Barnett.

Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed.

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Emma Barnett
Producer
Rabeka Nurmahomed
Interviewed Guest
Emma Dabiri
Interviewed Guest
Jane Fae
Interviewed Guest
Nikki van der Gaag
Interviewed Guest
Gary Barker
Interviewed Guest
Cynthia Graham
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Sheryl Kingsberg
Interviewed Guest
Selina Ullah
Interviewed Guest
Bana Gora
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Krista Cowman
Interviewed Guest
Aleisha McCormack
Interviewed Guest
Louise Harris
Interviewed Guest
Shivi Ramoutar

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Men and relationships, Amnesty International sex work debate, Penelope Mortimer

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Men and relationships, women in horse racing, and Amnesty International and sex work.

Suzi Godson hears about young men's attitudes to commitment, jockey Hayley Turner discusses women in horse racing, and Amnesty International's review of the sex trade is explored.

Men and Relationships: in the first in a special four week series Suzi Godson hears from men in their twenties through to their eighties, beginning with young men's attitudes to commitment.

We speak to jockey Hayley Turner about women in horse racing and competing alongside men.

As Amnesty International prepares to review an internal policy document on the sex trade, we look at the debate around decriminalisation.

And, Penelope Mortimer's novel The Pumpkin Eater is the subject of our drama this week. Rachel Cooke, explains why it's such an important work.

Presenter: Emma Barnett

Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

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Emma Barnett
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Hayley Turner
Interviewed Guest
Rachel Cooke
Producer
Helen Fitzhenry

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Jamaican Pride, Mabel Normand, Ros Barber

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Jamaican Gay Pride - what progress in the country once named the world's most homophobic?

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world. With features on Jamaica's first Gay Pride, early fatherhood, Ros Barber's new book and the life of Mabel Normand.

Once named the world's most homophobic country, Jamaica's first Gay Pride festival took place this week. Latoya Nugent of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians tells us about it. And Jenni is joined by S Chelvan, a barrister at No 5 Chambers who specialises in asylum claims and PJ Samuels, who faced persecution due to her sexual orientation, to discuss the challenges still facing the Gay community.

As part of our series on men and relationships, Suzi Godson speaks to 21 year old father Joe about starting a family while he's still a student.

Ros Barber discusses religion, the mind and her new book, Devotion.

We hear about the Italian grandmothers preparing for their first holiday by the sea.

And with a revival of musical Mack and Mabel this summer, we find out all about the life of Mabel Normand from her great nephew Stephen Normand, archivist of the Mabel Normand Family Estate and Dr Rebecca Harrision, lecturer in British cinema at the University of East Anglia.

Presenter: Jenni Murray

Producer: Ruth Watts.

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Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest
Latoya Nugent
Interviewed Guest
S Chelvan
Interviewed Guest
PJ Samuels
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Ros Barber
Interviewed Guest
Stephen Normand
Interviewed Guest
Rebecca Harrison
Producer
Ruth Watts

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The killing of Farkhunda, The working life of women judges

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Jane Garvey hears the story of Farkhunda, the young woman killed by a mob in Afghanistan.

Jane Garvey hears the story of Farkhunda, the woman killed by an mob in Afghanistan, three women judges discuss their careers, and the latest in a series on men and relationships.

Jane hears the latest on the case of Farkhunda, the young woman killed by a mob in Afghanistan, from the BBC's Zarghuna Kargar; Three women judges - Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, Her Honour Judge Eleri Rees and Deputy District Judge Sophie Toms - discuss their careers at different levels of the judiciary; The latest in our series on men and relationships with Suzi Godson of the Times - this week we're hearing from men in their 30s about fatherhood; and two young civil servants, Rebecca Jeffree and Rebecca Baldwin, tell us about how they promoted gender equality in their workplace.

Presenter : Jane Garvey

Producer : Louise Adamson.

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Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Nicola Davies
Interviewed Guest
Eleri Rees
Interviewed Guest
Sophie Toms
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Rebecca Jeffree
Interviewed Guest
Rebecca Baldwin
Producer
Louise Adamson

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Buffy Sainte-Marie, Health tests, Crime writer Margery Allingham

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Singer-songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. Are health tests a good idea?

Buffy Sainte-Marie on her five decade musical career; assessing which health tests, if any, are useful; the impact of fatherhood; and the legacy of crime writer Margery Allingham.

Jenni speaks to Buffy Sainte-Marie. The singer, song writer and activist first came to prominence as part of the 1960's protest movement with songs like Universal Soldier. Over the course of her career, Buffy's made more than 20 albums, and spent five years appearing on Sesame Street.

Health Tests are the focus of a BBC2's Horizon programme. Joining Jenni to discuss whether screening tests can be useful are Dr Iona Heath, former president of Royal College of GPs and Dr Anne Mackie, director of National Screening Committee.

Suzi Godson, the relationships columnist for The Times has been speaking to men from their twenties to their eighties. In this programme, Max from Preston talks about how the impact of fatherhood came as a shock.

Continuing the summer reading season the Queens of Crime, we look at Margery Allingham, the Essex writer who created the bespectacled sleuth Albert Campion. With Margery's biographer Julia Jones and writer Mike Ripley.

Presenter: Jenni Murray

Producer: Claire Bartleet.

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Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Interviewed Guest
Iona Heath
Interviewed Guest
Anne Mackie
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Julia Jones
Interviewed Guest
Mike Ripley
Producer
Claire Bartleet

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Hiroshima atomic bomb 70th anniversary

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Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of Hiroshima's atomic bomb, tells her story. With Jenni Murray

Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of Hiroshima's atomic bomb, tells her story. Plus two twentysomething men share their thoughts on the male experience of family. With Jenni Murray.

On the 70th Anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima, we hear the story of one survivor Setsuko Thurlow.

Queens of Crime; Dorothy L Sayers, best known for her amateur sleuth character Lord Peter Wimsey. We discuss her life and legacy with the writer Jill Paton Walsh and Seona Ford, Chairman of the Dorothy L Sayers Society.

Three weeks ago Iran agreed to reduce its nuclear capability for the next 10 years in exchange for the gradual lifting of sanctions by the US and other world powers (EU and UN). The historic agreement was brokered by a particularly high number of female diplomats. Suzanne Kianpour, a BBC reporter in Washington, spoke to America's under-secretary of state for political affairs Wendy Sherman, who lead the negotiating team over many rounds of talks since 2011. And in the studio, Jenni speaks to former Diplomat and Ambassador Julie Chappell about what it's like to be a woman working in the predominantly male diplomatic world.

We continue our series looking at the male experience of family, fatherhood and relationships across the generations with Suzi Godsonis the relationship columnist for The Times. Today we're looking at men in their twenties and hear from 24 year old Amil from Birmingham, and Ryan from Bedford who is 22.

Presented by Jenni Murray

Producer Beverley Purcell.

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Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest
Setsuko Thurlow
Interviewed Guest
Jill Paton Walsh
Interviewed Guest
Seona Ford
Interviewed Guest
Suzanne Kianpour
Interviewed Guest
Wendy Sherman
Interviewed Guest
Julie Chappell
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Producer
Beverley Purcell

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Weekend Woman's Hour: Lianne La Havas, Women Diplomats, Mack and Mabel

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Lianne La Havas performs. Plus America's under-secretary of state Wendy Sherman on Iran.

Lianne La Havas performs her latest single. America's under-secretary of state Wendy Sherman talks about negotiating with Iran. Jo McMillan talks about her new novel Motherland.

Lianne La Havas sings her latest single What You Don't Do.

America's Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, talks about leading the negotiating team discussing the lifting of sanctions against Iran, and former Diplomat Julie Chappell on what it's like working in the predominantly male diplomatic world.

Rachel Cooker on the significance and impact of Penelope Mortimer and her novel The Pumpkin Eater. Jo McMillan's new novel, Motherland, is about a young girl growing up in the Midlands in the 1970s as the only teenage communist in town. She tells us how fact meets fiction in her book.

Research shows taking the pill may protect against endometrial cancer - Professor Dame Valerie Beral explains the findings. Historian Bettany Hughes on her new TV series about three giants of philosophy: the Buddha, Socrates and Confuscius... and their remarkable views on the role of women.

Our new series on men and relationships: Suzi Godson speaks to three men in their twenties and hears how they feel about love, family and planning for the future.

And with a revival of musical Mack and Mabel this summer, we find out all about the life of Mabel Normand from her great nephew Stephen Normand, archivist of the Mabel Normand Family Estate and Dr Rebecca Harrision, lecturer in British cinema at the University of East Anglia.

Presented by Jenni Murray

Produced by Sophie Powling.

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Presenter
Jenni Murray
Producer
Sophie Powling
Interviewed Guest
Wendy Sherman
Interviewed Guest
Julie Chappell
Interviewed Guest
Rachel Cooker
Interviewed Guest
Jo McMillan
Interviewed Guest
Bettany Hughes
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Rebecca Harrison
Interviewed Guest
Stephen Normand
Interviewed Guest
Lianne La Havas

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Singer Ella Eyre

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Singer Ella Eyre performs live, flexible childcare, and men and relationships over 40.

Ella Eyre on her debut solo album, childcare if you do not work nine to five, why women seem to be better represented in Scottish politics, and men over 40 and relationships.

21 year old singer and songwriter Ella Eyre made waves last year, featuring on the BRIT Critics' Choice and the BBC Sound Of shortlists. As she now gets ready to release her debut solo album, Feline, at the end of this month. She joins Jane Garvey to talk about making it in the music industry at such a young age, and to perform, Even If, live in the studio.

Why are women better represented in Scottish politics? Has progress towards gender equality progressed or is it stalling? We hear from Meryl Kenny, lecturer in politics at Edinburgh University, and Sarah Smith from BBC Scotland.

The next in our series in which Suzi Godson The Times relationship columnist speaks to men from their twenties to their eighties about their experiences. Today we hear from 56 year old Simon who has two children under 5 and is a father of two 20-something's from his first marriage .

Plus finding appropriate and affordable childcare is a struggle at the best of times, but what happens when you work unpredictable hours? We talk to Ellen Broome from the Family and Childcare Trust about this longstanding problem facing parents and if there's any hope for greater provision for 'wraparound' childcare in the future.

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Presenter
Jane Garvey
Producer
Beverley Purcell
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Meryl Kenny
Interviewed Guest
Sarah Smith
Interviewed Guest
Ellen Broome
Interviewed Guest
Ella Eyre

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Iris Murdoch, Coil contraceptive, Parenting girls

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Iris Murdoch's life, writing and philosophy. Plus the experience of parenting girls.

Iris Murdoch's life, writing and philosophy. Plus parenting girls, relationships after retirement and the coil contraceptive - just how much does it hurt? With Emma Barnett.

As Girlguiding UK releases new research on the mental well-being of women and girls from 7 to 21, do the concerns of parents match up with the issues that worry their daughters? We hear the views of 12 and 13 year-olds, and Emma is joined by James Davies the managing director of Childwise Research and parenting educator Susie Hayman.

Woman's Hour's drama this week adapts Iris Murdoch's novel, A Severed Head. We learn more about her life, her writing and her philosophical ideas with Anne Rowe, associate professor of English Literature and director of the Iris Murdoch Archive Project at Kingston University, and the writer and journalist Bidisha.

In the latest in the series on men and relationships, Suzi Godson looks at what retirement can mean for couples. David Ainger, who is just over 80-years-old and a retired Barrister, describes the challenges of retirement, the ingredients of his long and happy marriage of 51 years to Elizabeth, and thinking ahead to a time when one of them may be widowed.

And the contraceptive coil, more women are having them fitted. And whilst some women swear by theirs', others had no idea how painful it would be. So how much does it hurt? And do the doctors tell us? The programme asks Dr Kate Armitage, a GP in student surgery in Leeds, and Dr Sam Hutt, a GP and researcher from the Margaret Pyke centre.

Presenter: Emma Barnett

Producer: Helen Fitzhenry.

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Presenter
Emma Barnett
Interviewed Guest
James Davies
Interviewed Guest
Susie Hayman
Interviewed Guest
Anne Rowe
Interviewed Guest
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
David Ainger
Interviewed Guest
Kate Armitage
Interviewed Guest
Sam Hutt
Producer
Helen Fitzhenry

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Daughters estranged from their mothers, Parenting for self-esteem

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Three daughters on why they no longer see their mothers.

Daughters who no longer speak to their mothers; Partition and the legacy of trauma across three generations of women; parenting to build self-esteem in children.

Life After a traumatic event. In the first episode in a new series Abby Hollick meets three women who are all estranged from their mothers.

Inter-generational trauma: last week was the 70th anniversary of the British withdrawal from India, independence, and the partition of the subcontinent into India for Hindus and Sikhs, and Pakistan as a home for Muslims. More than 10 million people were forced to leave their homes and move to a new country. What is the long term consequences for those involved in such devastating events and what effect might there be on future generations? Kirsty Starkey speaks to Gul, Urvashi and twelve year old Aurora: grandmother, daughter and grand-daughter. What was the impact on all of them of Gul being suddenly uprooted from her home in Karachi in 1947. And Jenni speaks to Dr Lynne Jordan a Chartered psychologist who specialises in intergenerational trauma

As young people prepare for their GCSE results what happens if they are not what was expected? How can parents help their children to believe in themselves? A young person shares her struggle with low self-esteem made worse around exam time. Jenni is joined by Dr Suzi Godson and Emily Cherry of the NSPCC to offer practical tips on how best to support children with low confidence and anxiety.

Presenter: Jenni Murray

Producer: Caroline Donne.

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Jenni Murray
Producer
Caroline Donne
Interviewed Guest
Lynne Jordan
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Emily Cherry

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Looking after your hair when you wear wigs, weaves and braids, Women in their 50s and long-term relationships

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A new series on women in their 50s and long-term relationships.

A new series on women in their 50s and long-term relationships, with sex and relationship columnist Suzi Godson. Plus the impact of Autumn Statement on women.

Today Woman's Hour begins a series of interviews with sex and relationship columnist Suzi Godson talking to women in their fifties about the challenges this decade brings to marriage and partnerships. The first interview is with Mary, aged 57 who lives with her son aged 13 and partner Steve. Mary and Steve have been together for 15 years. In her fifties, Mary is faced with caring for Steve who suffered a debilitating stroke three years ago as well as bringing up a teenager.

Following the Chancellor Philip Hammond's autumn financial statement, we talk to Mary-Ann Stephenson from the Women's Budget Group about the impact the financial statement will have on women's finances and lives by 2020.

BBC London journalist Valley Fontaine has been on a personal journey to learn how to grow her natural Afro hair whilst wearing weaves, wigs and braids. She joins Jane Garvey along with Consultant Trichologist Shirley McDonald.

A novel, Playing FTSE, takes place in an investment bank in the noughties The author, Penelope Jacobs, draws on her own extensive experience of working in the financial markets. She talks to Jane about sexual politics, workplace ethics and whether the culture has changed since the 2008 banking crisis.

Presenter: Jane Garvey

Producer: Lucinda Montefiore.

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Presenter
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Mary-Ann Stephenson
Interviewed Guest
Valley Fontaine
Interviewed Guest
Shirley McDonald
Interviewed Guest
Penelope Jacobs
Producer
Lucinda Montefiore

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Dina Asher-Smith, Social Care Funding Crisis

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Dina Asher-Smith, social care, the Trump family women, Grace Wilson and women in their 50s

Jane Garvey presents, with guests including sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and graphic novelist Grace Wilson, plus features on social care funding and the women in the Trump family.

The NHS and social care were barely mentioned in the chancellor's Autumn Statement, and health groups and think tanks have been vocal with their criticism in the days since. We focus on the lack of funding for social care, what does this mean for the largely female workforce? And what are the knock on effects for the (predominantly female) carers at home, and our health services? Allyson Pollock, Professor of Public Health Research & Policy and Sarah Wollaston MP, Chair of the House of Commons Health Committee, discuss.

Laura Trevelyan, BBC World News America Anchor, in New York joins Jane to talk about the women in Donald Trump's family. How influential, if at all, are Melania,

Ivanka, Tiffany and even Ivana, his first wife, and what kind of role will they have over the next four years?

Dina Asher-Smith is twenty years old and the fastest female sprinter in British history whose meteoric rise took her from carrying kits for athletes in the London 2012 Olympics to competing herself in Rio this year. As tickets go back on sale for the International Association of Athletics Federations' World Championships in 2017 today, Dina explains her preparations for it, and the challenges of balancing a sports career with university life.

Suzi Godson, The Sex and Relationship columnist for The Times has been hearing from women in their fifties about the changes and challenges of this particular decade on long term relationships. Today we hear from Erika who is 54. For over twenty years in a happy heterosexual marriage and had two daughters, she now is in a same sex marriage with Susan.

In Grace Wilson's timely graphic novel 'Saving Grace' four twenty-somethings need to find somewhere to live in London. Their creepy landlord has kicked them out of their rented flat, he's doing it up to sell on as prices rise and gentrification takes hold. Weird potential housemates, dingy rooms, crummy jobs and everyday sexism all feature in this social commentary in comic-book form based on Grace's own experiences.

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Presenter
Jane Garvey
Producer
Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest
Allyson Pollock
Interviewed Guest
Sarah Wollaston
Interviewed Guest
Laura Trevelyan
Interviewed Guest
Dina Asher-Smith
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
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Grace Wilson

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Marine le Pen and the French presidential race, Georgette Heyer, No fault divorce

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Will Marine le Pen become the first female president of France? With Jenni Murray.

Will Marine le Pen become the first female President of France? Journalist Agnes Poirier looks at the career of the leader of the Front National.

Newly discovered stories by the best selling author Georgette Heyer have been published in a collection called 'Snowdrift and Other Stories'. Jennifer Kloester, Heyer's biographer on how she found the stories and why she's publishing them thirty two years after the author died.

Suzi Godson, The Sex and Relationship columnist for The Times has been hearing from women in their fifties about the changes and challenges of this particular decade on long term relationships. Today we hear about supporting a partner through severe depression.

Should no fault divorces be made easier? Jo Edwards of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers.

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Presenter
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest
Agnes Poirier
Interviewed Guest
Jennifer Kloester
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Producer
Eleanor Garland

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Woman's Hour

First female Chief Whip, Suzi Godson, Aids, Women coaches

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This House about Ann Taylor; Hitting 50; Women and Aids; Why so few women sports coaches?

Baroness Ann Taylor on being the first female chief whip, long-term relationships when you are 50, World Aids Day, and where are all the female sports coaches?

The National Theatre's production of This House is playing at the Garrick Theatre in London. It's set in 1974, in the engine rooms of the House of Commons. The play looks at the secret world of the Whips who roll up their sleeves and go to extreme lengths to influence an unruly chorus of MPs. Baroness Ann Taylor was the first female chief whip. She is played by Lauren O'Neil and was an advisor on the play. She joins Jenni.

HIV AIDS is the leading cause of death worldwide for women aged between 15 - 44, according to World Health Organisation. On World Aids Day Jenni speaks to Christine Stegling, Executive Director at International HIV and AIDS Alliance and Professor Margret Johnson, HIV and AIDS Consultant at The Royal Free Hospital London.

Suzi Godson, the Sex and Relationship columnist for The Times talks to Kalsoom Bashir a 53 year old woman from a Pakistani Muslim background. Her parents arranged her marriage for her. She now works as co-director for Inspire, a counter extremism and human rights organisation which seeks to address inequalities facing British Muslim women.

Only 30% of shortlisted coaches in this year's Sports Coach UK awards were women and there were no female candidates on the shortlist for the Lifetime Achievement award, the High Performance Award or the Coach of the Year. Is this surprising considering that just 17% of qualifying coaches each year are female? Jenni talks to Gillian Wilmot, Chair of Sports Coach UK and to Kath Robinson, a hockey coach.

Presenter: Jenni Murray

Producer: Rebecca Myatt.

Credits

Presenter
Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest
Ann Taylor
Interviewed Guest
Christine Stegling
Interviewed Guest
Margret Johnson
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Kalsoom Bashir
Interviewed Guest
Gillian Wilmot
Interviewed Guest
Kath Robinson
Producer
Rebecca Myatt

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Woman's Hour

India Willoughby, the first transwoman to be a panellist on an all-female talk show. Long-term relationships in your fifties

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India Willoughby, the first transwoman to be a panellist on an all-female talk show.

India Willoughby, the first transwoman to be a panellist on an all-female talk show; long-term relationships in your fifties; Disney's new female lead dubbed the 'anti-princess'.

India Willoughby was born as Jonathan and had a very public life as a man for 10 years, working as an ITV reporter and news reader. Two years ago aged 50, she had permanent gender reassignment surgery. She joins Jenni to share her story of transitioning, and to discuss why she feels there's a place for a transwoman to talk about women's issues in the media. More on the challenges of being in your 50's. Today Helen talks to Suzi Godson, the Sex and Relationship Columnist for The Times about maintaining your relationship. Lauren Laverne's playlist - 70 tracks for our 70 years - today the 1980's. And with the release of Disney's MOANA, a female lead character that doesn't have a love interest, a crown or a castle - how far has Disney come with its female characters.

Plus as London's exclusive Dorchester hotel attracts criticism following reports of it asking female employees to ensure they adhere to grooming standards we look at whether these are just standard grooming requirements of any high class business environment, or another example of women's bodies being policed more rigorously than men's?

Presenter Jenni Murray

Producer Beverley Purcell.

Credits

Presenter
Jenni Murray
Producer
Beverley Purcell
Interviewed Guest
India Willoughby
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Eleanor Mills
Interviewed Guest
Helen O'Hara

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Woman's Hour

Woman's Hour

Weekend Woman's Hour: Listener Week

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Woman's Hour talks to listeners about their lives and the issues that interest them.

The devastating impact pornography can have on relationships; three social workers discuss why they love their job; and Adam asks how he should tackle sexist attitudes at work.

A week of programmes inspired by our listeners. One woman tells us of the devastating impact pornography is having on her marriage - Paula Hall gives advice. 15 year old Immie on her body confidence campaign. Adam asks how he should tackle sexist attitudes at work on building sites. Lawyer turned country singer, Rebecca Bains sings Passing Us By. Three social workers discuss why they love their job. Paula McGuire on how trying all the Commonwealth Sports has boosted her confidence. Listeners Jane and Nicola review the Woman's Hour Listener Week.

Presented by Jane Garvey.

Produced by Sophie Powling

Edited by Jane Thurlow.

Credits

Presenter
Jane Garvey
Producer
Sophie Powling
Editor
Jane Thurlow
Interviewed Guest
Paula Hall
Interviewed Guest
Suzi Godson
Interviewed Guest
Rebecca Bains
Interviewed Guest
Mary Jarrett
Interviewed Guest
Anne Chester-Walsh
Interviewed Guest
Tracy Coull
Interviewed Guest
Paula McGuire
Interviewed Guest
Jane Woods
Interviewed Guest
Nicola Rollock

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