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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
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Suzi Godson
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Emily Cherry

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Beta women, Vaginal seeding, Bikesmith, Mum break-up, Upskirting

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Alpha v beta women; bikesmith Caren Hartley; estranged from mum; safety of vaginal seeding

Quiet girls leading; how safe is vaginal seeding? how to cope if you are estranged from your family or children; listener experiences of upskirting; bike maker Caren Hartley.

There's a stereotype that bosses are Alpha characters and assistants Beta. But Rebecca Holman, author of Beta: Quiet Girls Can Run The World, is one woman boss who identifies very much as Beta. She discusses what makes an Alpha or Beta female with Anne Perry who has won awards for her work in publishing and who has always identified strongly as Alpha.

When a man took an upskirt photograph of Gina Martin at a music festival last month, she went straight to the police. But she was amazed to discover that there is no specific law against upskirting in most of the UK (only in Scotland). After the police closed her case, Gina began a petition to get it reopened, and now she is lobbying for a change in the law. We hear from listeners who have also been victims of upskirting.

In the Woman's Hour series Life After, we heard from three women who were estranged from their mothers. Following on from that, Jenni speaks to Helen Gilbert, a psychotherapeutic councillor at the charity Stand Alone about how to cope if you are estranged from your family or children.

In the next of our interviews with the 12 twelve finalists in the Woman's Hour Craft Prize, in partnership with the V&A and the Crafts Council we hear from the former jewellery maker Caren Hartley who now makes hand-made bicycles. Corinna Jones went to meet Caren to find out what had encouraged her to work with metal.

'Vaginal seeding' or exposing a child born by Caesarean to bacteria that would coat their skin if they were born vaginally has become more popular in recent years - but is it safe? A Danish report has cast doubt on the legitimacy of the practice as a way to protect babies against infections. We speak to Gloria Dominguez-Bello, who has carried out the only existing piece of research into seeding and Shazia Malik, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.

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Rebecca Holman
Interviewed Guest
Anne Perry
Interviewed Guest
Helen Gilbert
Interviewed Guest
Caren Hartley
Interviewed Guest
Gloria Dominguez-Bello
Interviewed Guest
Shazia Malik
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Jenni Murray
Reporter
Corinna Jones

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Girl From The North Country, Recovery, Samin Nosrat

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Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim talk about playing mother and adopted daughter.

Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim talk about playing mother and adopted daughter, and bringing the music of Bob Dylan to the stage.

Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim talk about playing mother and adopted daughter, and bringing the music of Bob Dylan to the stage. They're in the Old Vic's production of The Girl From the North Country. Written by Conor McPherson, it's set in Bob Dylan's home town of Duluth, Minnesota during the 1930's depression.

We have the second episode in our series called Life After. This time it's life after a cancer diagnosis and an addiction. What's it like to cope with the fear of a relapse?

And we cook the perfect Pasta alla Puttanesca with the chef Samin Nosrat. Her recipe comes from her new book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.

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Shirley Henderson
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Sheila Atim
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Samin Nosrat

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Children and gender stereotyping, Family estrangement, Shirley Henderson

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Are girls and boys treated differently according to gender? Plus family estrangement .

Listener views on the impact of treating girls and boys differently as they grow up. Plus Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim, family estrangement and Samin Nosrat cooks.

In weekend Woman's Hour we hear your experiences of the 'drip drip' effect of gender-stereotyping when it comes to bringing up boys or girls. Girls being assigned princessy clothes, and toys that mimic pampering or homemaking, and boys being encouraged to be active, with construction sets and superheroes. What impact does it have on the way children see themselves and on how they grow up? Parents Ros Ball and James Millar spent two years documenting the ways that their daughter and son were treated differently, sharing their experience in The Gender Agenda.

Australia is to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised. It is a debate which has divided the country and has also revealed a public rift between former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his sister. We speak to Christine Forster about the vote, and what it's like to be at political odds with her brother.

Life After a traumatic event - Abby Hollick meets three women who are all estranged from their mothers. Plus, we hear from a mother who has no contact with her daughter and Helen Gilbert, a psychotherapeutic councillor at the charity Stand Alone about how to cope if you are estranged from your family or children.

There's a stereotype that bosses are Alpha characters and assistants Beta. But Rebecca Holman, author of Beta: Quiet Girls Can Run The World, is one woman boss who identifies very much as Beta. She discusses what makes an Alpha or Beta female with Anne Perry who has always identified strongly as Alpha.

Shirley Henderson and Sheila Atim talk about playing mother and adopted daughter, and bringing the music of Bob Dylan to the stage in the Old Vic's production of The Girl From the North Country, with an extract from Tight Connection To My Heart sung by Sheila.

Plus, chef Samin Nosrawe Cooks the Perfect...Pasta alla Puttanesca. Her recipe comes from her new book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.

Presenter: Jane Garvey

Producer: Sophie Powling

Editor: Jane Thurlow

Interviewed Guest: Christine Forster

Interviewed Guest: Helen Gilbert

Interviewed Guest: Ros Ball

Interviewed Guest: James Millar

Interviewed Guest: Shirley Henderson

Interviewed Guest: Sheila Atim

Interviewed Guest: Samin Nosrat

Interviewed Guest: Rebecca Holman

Interviewed Guest: Anne Perry.

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Jane Garvey
Producer
Sophie Powling
Editor
Jane Thurlow
Interviewed Guest
Christine Forster
Interviewed Guest
Helen Gilbert
Interviewed Guest
Ros Ball
Interviewed Guest
James Millar
Interviewed Guest
Shirley Henderson
Interviewed Guest
Sheila Atim
Interviewed Guest
Samin Nosrat
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Rebecca Holman
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Anne Perry

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Late Night Woman's Hour: Self-Esteem

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What's the secret to healthy self-esteem? And can we ever have too much?

Intimate late-night conversation. Lauren Laverne and guests explore the pressures on young women's self-esteem and discuss how self-esteem can be built.

What's the secret to healthy levels of self-esteem? And can we ever have too much?

As GirlGuiding UK release the results of a survey showing that 40% of girls feel anxiety around comparing themselves to others online, Lauren and guests explore the pressures on young women's self-esteem and discuss how self-esteem can be built. How is life online altering the way young women feel about themselves, for good and ill?; how useful is the self-help industry around self-esteem, and how genuinely are commercial brands trying to engage with self-esteem?

Influencer Chidera Eggerue blogs as The Slumflower on body image and self love and has gathered an army of social media followers with her honesty about her appearance, her attitude to herself, and her unique and combative approach to building self-esteem in herself and others.

Writer and campaigner Natasha Devon MBE is the founder of The Esteem Team and gives talks on body image, equality issues and self-esteem in schools and colleges around the country.

Evelyn Greeves is an advocate for GirlGuiding and writes and speaks out on a range of issues affecting young people including - most recently - the teaching of SRE in schools.

Dr Phillippa Diedrichs is a research psychologist at the University of the West of England and specialises in the study of body image.

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Lauren Laverne
Interviewed Guest
Chidera Eggerue
Interviewed Guest
Natasha Devon
Interviewed Guest
Evelyn Greeves
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Phillippa Diedrichs

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Woman's Lab: Body Image

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Woman's Hour tackles issues and tests solutions in Woman's Lab.

Woman's Hour tackles issues and tests solutions in Woman's Lab. This edition looks at body image, exploring how women can become less judgemental about their bodies.

Woman's Lab: where Woman's Hour tackles issues and test solutions. Today, its body image. Presenters Gemma Cairney, Gia Milinovich and Michelle Dewberry take up the challenge over three days on the beaches of sunny Margate. They explore some practical ways to help us be less judgemental about what we see in the mirror. They meet real women, businesses, diet and fitness industry professionals and body experts. Can they finally crack how we can be happier with our bodies? Gemma Cairney goes on a bohemian adventure, inspired by taking her clothes off in a life drawing class. She tries to convince the women of Margate to do the same. Gia Milinovich's scientific research takes her on a journey through muscle gyms, bum toning machines and mindfulness. Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry struggles with a challenge that's not about making money, but spurred on by her own emotional relationship with her body, she creates a piece of installation art. Will the women of Margate think they're onto something?

Producer and presenter: Deborah Coughlin

Producers: Nicky Birch, Alannah Chance, Eva Krysiak, Jo Meek.

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Deborah Coughlin
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Deborah Coughlin
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Nicky Birch
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Alannah Chance
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Eva Krysiak
Producer
Jo Meek
Interviewed Guest
Gemma Cairney
Interviewed Guest
Michelle Dewberry
Interviewed Guest
Gia Milinovich
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Martin Daubney
Interviewed Guest
Viren Swami
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Melissa Atkinson

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Life after Widowhood, Female celebrity feuds

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Three women talk about their experiences of dating again after the death of their partner.

Three women talk about their experiences of dating again after the death of their partner. And are antifeminist attitudes at work in the reporting of female celebrity feuds?

From Hip Hop rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, to the Oasis brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, there is a long history of feuds between celebrities and especially within the music industry. But does the news report on these feuds differently when it's between two women? And is it anti-feminist to have female feuds, or a simply a part of the business? Jane speaks to Natalie Finn, Senior Editor of E! News, lifestyle journalist Laura Snapes for the Guardian newspaper and social media blogger and commentator Bolu Babalola.

Life after the death of a partner - three women talk about their experiences and how they started dating again.

Presenter: Jane Garvey

Producer: Caroline Donne.

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Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Natalie Finn
Interviewed Guest
Laura Snapes
Interviewed Guest
Bolu Babalola
Producer
Caroline Donne

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Upskirting in schools, Robert Webb, Craft prize - Phoebe Cummings, Deanie Parker

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Upskirting in schools - how do female teachers protect themselves?

Upskirting in schools - how do female teachers protect themselves? Actor and comedian Robert Webb talks about how he views masculinity.

A school in Northern Ireland, Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, has had to deal with the problem of upskirting. Teachers there who belong to the NASUWT union have recently voted for a particular type of industrial action called a "refusal to teach". They're refusing to teach a 17 year old boy who was briefly suspended for taking photos up teachers' skirts. Across the UK, most teaching staff are women. In a profession which is female dominated, how do women protect themselves? Jane hears from Chris Keates, General Secretary of the teachers' union, NASUWT.

Actor, writer and comedian Robert Webb has written a memoir 'How Not To Be a Boy,' looking back at his bittersweet childhood in Lincolnshire and examining what masculinity meant to him as he grew up with rules for men like: Don't Cry, Love Sport, Play Rough, Drink Beer, Don't Talk About Feelings. What does the Peep Show star think about the impact of this message, and what use are rules like this to any girl or boy?

In the last of our series on the twelve finalists in the Woman's Hour Craft Prize in partnership with the Crafts Council and the V&A, we meet the ceramicist Phoebe Cummings.

Stax Records, the American record label was a major factor in the creation of Southern soul and Memphis soul music. On Friday the BBC Proms pay tribute to the pioneering label in concert featuring hits from Otis Redding and Issac Hayes. Deanie Parker was a songwriter and vocalist for the label. Her songs were recorded by Otis Redding and Albert King. She talks to Jane about working at the label in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Chris Keates
Interviewed Guest
Robert Webb
Interviewed Guest
Phoebe Cummings
Interviewed Guest
Deanie Parker
Producer
Dianne McGregor

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Princess Diana

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The life and legacy of Princess Diana.

Programme that offers a female perspective on the world. 20 years on from the death of Princess Diana, we look at her lasting legacy.

Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997. Twenty years on we look back at her life with the writer and columnist Joan Smith and former Royal protection officer Ken Wharfe. What is her legacy to women? Why does she continue to be a stand-out member of the Royal Family? And what impact did the princess have on black women? Jane Garvey talks to Chaédria LaBouvier, a culture and politics writer and Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, a freelance journalist and a writer for the online magazine Gal-Dem.

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Joan Smith
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Ken Wharfe
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Chaedria LaBouvier
Interviewed Guest
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

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Grace Victory, Scottish politics, camels

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Grace Victory, award-winning blogger and YouTuber.

Blogger and YouTuber Grace Victory, the impact of female party leaders in Scotland on the nature of its politics, the risks of cardiac arrests for men during sex, and camels.

Dubbed the 'Internet's Big Sister', Grace Victory is an award-winning blogger and YouTuber with over 23 million total views to date. She's a dedicated mental health and body confidence activist who has worked with the BBC, NHS and London Fashion Week. She joins Jane to discuss her career and work.

As Scottish Labour prepares to find a new leader we discuss the impact of Kezia Dugdale's decision to stand down. She led the party through a difficult time following its crushing defeat in the 2015 General Election that saw the party lose 40 of their 41 MPs and was one of three female party leaders in Scotland, alongside the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon and the Conservative's Ruth Davidson. Who is in the running to take over as leader and has this period of female political dominance changed politics in Scotland? We ask Julia Rampen from the New Statesman and Joyce McMillan from The Scotsman.

It's known that men are considerably more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest than women - but new research suggests they're less likely to survive if it happens during sex, because their partners are too embarrassed to call for help. We discuss the risks men face and what you can do if it happens to your partner.

The mother and daughter who've teamed up to train camels and are now considering producing camel milk.

Presenter: Jane Garvey

Producer: Anne Peacock.

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Jane Garvey
Producer
Anne Peacock
Interviewed Guest
Grace Victory
Interviewed Guest
Julia Rampen
Interviewed Guest
Joyce McMillan

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Princess Diana and her impact on black women

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What influence did Princess Diana have on black women in the UK and America?

On the twentieth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, what was her influence on black women? Plus Robert Webb on masculinity and Deanie Parker on her work at Stax Records.

We reflect on the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. What impact did she have on black women here and in America? Chaedria LaBouvier a culture and politics writer and Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff from the online magazine Gal Dem look back at Diana's influence.

Kezia Dugdale stood down this week as the leader of the Scottish Labour Party. Why has she quit after just two years and who will replace her? Julia Rampen from the New Statesman and Joyce McMillan from The Scotsman discuss.

The actor and comedian Robert Webb talks about his memoir 'How Not to be a Boy'. He tells us what masculinity means to him now after growing up with messages like boys don't cry, love sport and play rough.

In our final part of our 'Life After..' series we hear from three women, Natalie, Kirsty and Lizzie, about life after the death of a partner.

Is it anti-feminist to have female feuds in the music and film industry? Or is it simply part of the business? Laura Snapes a lifestyle journalist for the Guardian and Bolu Babalola a social media blogger and commentator discuss.

According to a recent French study, men are less likely to survive a heart attack if it happens during sex, because their partners are too embarrassed to call for help. What should you do if someone has a cardiac arrest? Dr Mike Knapton the Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation and Emily McGrath a Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation discuss what action you should take.

As the BBC Proms celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stax Records' UK Tour of 1967, we hear from Deanie Parker who worked at Stax in 60s and 70s about the record company's role in the creation of Southern and Memphis soul music.

Presented by Jane Garvey

Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed

Editor: Jane Thurlow.

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Presenter
Jane Garvey
Producer
Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor
Jane Thurlow
Interviewed Guest
Chaedria LaBouvier
Interviewed Guest
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
Interviewed Guest
Julia Rampen
Interviewed Guest
Joyce McMillan
Interviewed Guest
Robert Webb
Interviewed Guest
Laura Snapes
Interviewed Guest
Bolu Babalola
Interviewed Guest
Mike Knapton
Interviewed Guest
Emily McGrath
Interviewed Guest
Deanie Parker

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Mixed Culture Friendship, Social Media Influencers, Australia and Voluntourism

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Making money on social media: a gender pay gap in favour of women?

Australia moves to ban 'voluntourism' in orphanages in developing countries. Plus why female social influencers are earning more than men, and Lord of the Flies.

The Australian Parliament is currently considering banning Australian support for orphanages in developing countries, as part of their establishment of a modern slavery act. Jane talks to Australian Senator Linda Reynolds about the motivation behind the legislation, plus Rebecca Nhep, joint CEO of Australian Christian Churches International Relief, and Georgette Mulheir CEO of Lumos.

Social Media Influencers are making large sums by endorsing products on line and earning up to 35% more on average than men. Is this the only industry with a gender pay gap that favours women? Jane speaks to Nikki Rees an "influencer" who has over 250 thousand Instagram followers and Brooke Erin Duffy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University and the author of (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love.

Dewsbury has made news for its segregated white British and Muslim communities, but a new Channel 4 documentary puts a girl from each side of town together to see if they could be friends. Siobhan and Farhana join Jane with director Luned Tonderai.

Lord of the Flies is considered one of the great classics of English literature. Last week, it was announced that the book will be made into a film starring an all-female cast; directed by two men. Will it have the same appeal and are the issues in the novel the same for men and women? Louise Doughty is a writer and journalist. Helen O'Hara is a film journalist for Empire Magazine.

Presenter: Jane Garvey

Producer: Caroline Donne.

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Presenter
Jane Garvey
Producer
Caroline Donne
Interviewed Guest
Linda Reynolds
Interviewed Guest
Rebecca Nhep
Interviewed Guest
Georgette Mulheir
Interviewed Guest
Brooke Erin Duffy
Interviewed Guest
Nikki Rees
Interviewed Guest
Louise Doughty
Interviewed Guest
Helen O'Hara

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Homework, Migraines, Yoga for refugee women

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What do you think about the amount of homework your child has to do?

What do you think about homework and how much space does it take up in your family's life?

The start of a new school year and we'd love to hear what you think about homework. How much does your child have to do? At what age? Is there conflict at home around homework? Do get in touch via twitter or email.

From the Woman's Hour archive, an interview recorded in 1963 with a thirty-six year old woman called Rachel who had spent two years on the road, sometimes sleeping rough, sometimes in hostels.

Migraines affect more women than men and are classified as a major health disorder according to the World Health Organisation. Lydia Ruffles experienced migraines that left her unable to work and reluctant to leave her home. They also inspired her to write her debut novel, The Taste of Blue Light. She is joined by Dr Mark Weatherall, consultant neurologist and headache specialist at Charing Cross Hospital in London.

More than 70 per cent of refugee women living in the UK have experienced violence in their home country. Yoga has long been considered a form of therapy that can support the mind, body and soul. Ourmala is a charity which uses the practice to support refugee women and men. Jane speaks to the founder and some of her clients.

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Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Susan Hallam
Interviewed Guest
Lydia Ruffles
Interviewed Guest
Mark Weatherall
Interviewed Guest
Emily Brett
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Lucinda Montefiore

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Victoria and Abdul, Virtual reality, Lou Conran, Voting

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Shrabani Basu; child trafficking; anonymous voting; You've Got to Laugh.

Queen Victoria's friendship; using VR to create the world of child-trafficking; comedian Lou Conran; anonymous voting for domestic abuse survivors.

The film 'Victoria and Abdul', starring Judi Dench tells the story of the monarch in her last decade, and the friendship she formed with a young Indian man brought to the UK to present her with a token from the empire. It is based on a book written by Shrabani Basu, who spent months uncovering 13 volumes of Victoria's journals - she tells Jane Garvey about the experience.

Virtual Reality has had success with its ability to make users feel like they're stepping into games. But film-maker Jayisha Patel has created the real world of a child-trafficking victim, so that fathers can understand and empathise with what their daughters have experienced.

New government guidelines are planning to better support domestic abuse survivors by making it easier for individuals to vote anonymously in general and local elections. It's hoped that the changes will make it more straightforward for people to use their democratic right without compromising their safety. Sian Hawkins is the Campaigns and Policy Manager at Women's Aid. Constitution minister Chris Skidmore has been a keen supporter of the campaign.

In the first of a three part series, You've Got to Laugh, which looks at how comedians turn grim experience into comedy, comedian Lou Conran talks about discovering at her 20 week pregnancy scan that her baby would not survive outside the womb. Lou decided to raise money for a bereavement charity by writing a show about her experience and taking it to the Edinburgh Fringe. Jac Phillimore speaks to Lou about the delicate balance of finding the funny in such a sad experience and how it feels to perform. Some of you will find this an uncomfortable listen because in the piece Lou deals with the loss of her baby by using comedy. You'll hear clips from the show which feature sensitive issues, jokes and strong language, along with audio diaries recorded by Lou whilst she put the show together.

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Shrabani Basu
Interviewed Guest
Jayisha Patel
Interviewed Guest
Sian Hawkins
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Chris Skidmore
Interviewed Guest
Lou Conran
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Jac Phillimore
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Jane Garvey

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The Woman's Hour Craft Prize exhibition opens, and Hermione Norris

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Actor Hermione Norris talks about how life has changed for her both on and off the screen.

Hermione Norris and Cold Feet; Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh cook the perfect pavlova; pensions and women born in the 1950s; Craft Prize.

A Bill will be presented in the House of Commons today to address the issue of women born in the 1950s who are adversely affected by changes to the State Pension Age, the so called WASPI women. Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East is Chair of the State Pension Inequality for Women All Party Parliamentary Group which is presenting the bill. She joins Andrea to talk about what they are hoping to achieve.

Actor Hermione Norris is back playing Karen in series 7 of Cold Feet, twenty years after the first episode. She joins Andrea to talk about how much life has changed for her both on and off the small screen.

Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh's join Andrea in the studio to Cook the Perfect...Rolled Pavlova with Peaches and Strawberries and they describe writing their new book new baking and desserts cookbook 'Sweet'.

You've Got to Laugh, the second part of the series which looks at how stand-up comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe turn difficult personal experiences into comedy. Today Evelyn Mok.

The Exhibition for the Woman's Hour Craft Prize in partnership with the Crafts Council and the Victoria & Albert museum opens today in the Sackler Centre for arts education. Jane Garvey went for a sneak preview.

Presenter: Andrea Catherwood

Producer: Caroline Donne.

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Andrea Catherwood
Interviewed Guest
Carolyn Harris
Interviewed Guest
Hermione Norris
Interviewed Guest
Yotam Ottolenghi
Interviewed Guest
Helen Goh
Interviewed Guest
Evelyn Mok
Producer
Caroline Donne

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Kirstie Allsopp, Maggie O'Farrell, Nina Stemme, Sophie Willan

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Queen of home-making Kirstie Allsopp, writer Maggie O'Farrell, and soprano Nina Stemme.

Kirsty Allsopp's domestic tips, Maggie O'Farrell explains how near-death experiences have made her life more meaningful, soprano Nina Stemme on looking after her voice.

Kirstie Allsopp has turned her hand to cooking with her new cookbook 'Kirstie's Real Kitchen', filled with heart-warming recipes to enliven family meals and a range of ideas for entertaining. Best known for TV house-hunting and crafting, Kirstie talks to Andrea about learning to cook as you go, the backlash she often receives on social media and her love of crafting.

Award winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell has written a memoir composed of seventeen brushes with death. I Am, I Am, I Am has the author speculating on vulnerability and the determination to make every moment count.

Swedish opera singer Nina Stemme is widely considered the greatest dramatic soprano of our time, unsurpassed in her powerful and expressive singing of Wagnerian roles for more than a generation. She joins Andrea Catherwood to discuss her career so far and her upcoming performance leading the Last Night of the Proms, joined by the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus.

Comedian Sophie Willan refuses the easy labels others might want to apply to her. She is Northern, female, a care-leaver and a former sex worker and she says real life is complicated. So, how do you make comedy out of it and why would you try?

Reporter: Jac Philimore

Presenter: Andrea Catherwood

Producer: Erin Riley.

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Maggie O'Farrell
Interviewed Guest
Kirstie Allsopp
Interviewed Guest
Nina Stemme
Interviewed Guest
Sophie Willan
Reporter
Jac Philimore
Presenter
Andrea Catherwood
Producer
Erin Riley

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Weekend Woman's Hour

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Maggie O'Farrell, anonymous voting, migraines and Kirstie Allsopp.

Novelist Maggie O'Farrell on her new memoir, planned legal changes to support domestic violence survivors' right to vote, and advice on how to cope with migraines.

What did award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell learn from a close encounter with death? Her new memoir, 'I Am I Am I Am' explores the vulnerability of life and making every moment count.

The Australian government is currently considering banning its support for orphanages in developing countries as part of a new modern slavery act. How wide-spread is this issue?

What does it take to become a social media "influencer"? Nikki Rees has over 250 thousand Instagram followers. She discusses how she makes a living with Brooke Erin Duffy, of New York's Cornell University.

New government guidelines are planning to better support domestic abuse survivors by making it easier for individuals to vote anonymously in local and general elections. Sian Hawkins is the Campaigns and Policy Manager at Women's Aid. Conservative MP Chris Skidmore is the Constitution minister.

Probably best-known for co-presenting Channel 4's 'Location, Location, Location', Kirstie Allsopp on her new cook book, the importance of family and how to overcome backlashes on social media.

Migraines affect more than twice as many women as men, according to the World Health Organisation. Why? And what is the best way to deal with them? Author Lydia Ruffles is a long-term sufferer. Dr Mark Weatherhall is a consultant neurologist at Charing Cross Hospital in London.

This week a bill was presented in the House of Commons to address the issue of women born in the 1950's and affected by changes to the State Pension - also known as the WASPI women. Labour MP Carolyn Harris is the Chair of the State Pension Inequality for Women All Party Parliamentary Group and presented the bill. What does she hope to achieve?

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Presenter
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Maggie O'Farrell
Interviewed Guest
Nikki Rees
Interviewed Guest
Brooke Erin Duffy
Interviewed Guest
Sian Hawkins
Interviewed Guest
Chris Skidmore
Interviewed Guest
Kirstie Allsopp
Interviewed Guest
Lydia Ruffles
Interviewed Guest
Mark Weatherall
Interviewed Guest
Carolyn Harris
Producer
Olivia Cope
Editor
Anne Peacock

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Woman's Hour

Best Place to be a Woman: phone-in

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Listeners tell us what makes a place a great one to be a woman.

Jane Garvey talks to listeners about what they think makes somewhere a great place to live for women.

What's important to you about where you live? What would make it a great place to be a woman?

On Tuesday Woman's Hour reveals new analysis we commissioned to find out the best place in Britain to be a woman. Before that we speak to listeners about their Best Place to be a Woman.

What's important to about a place? How do you choose where to set up home; closeness to family, good jobs, housing, schools, countryside, diversity, culture?

Presenter: Jane Garvey

Producer: Jane Thurlow.

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Jane Garvey
Producer
Jane Thurlow

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Woman's Hour

Best Place to be a Woman: The Results

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Jane Garvey discusses the newly crowned 'Best Place to be a Woman in Britain'.

In a special programme live from the Radio Theatre, Jane Garvey discusses the newly crowned 'Best Place to be a Woman in Britain' with an audience of women from across Britain.

And the winner is...today we reveal the Best Place to be a Woman in Britain. In a special programme live from the Radio Theatre, Jane Garvey will discuss the newly crowned 'Best Place' with an audience of women from across Britain. So will city living top rural dwelling? Can the young flourish in the same locations as the old? And can community spirit ever truly compensate for a lack of facilities? The audience will react and share their experiences.

How does where you live shape your life for better or worse? We speak to a group of women about the impact their upbringing had on them. Joining us is Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson one of Britain's most successful Paralympians, born and raised in Cardiff. Founder of girl power and member of one of Britain's most iconic bands, the singer Geri Horner discusses how Watford inspired her global success. The comedian Shazia Mirza is here to tell us what it was like being raised in an Asian Muslim household in Birmingham in the 1970s. And Dr Susie Mitchell, scientist and musician from Midlothian joins us.

What do women value most? And why are some areas not serving women well? Jane discusses the winners and losers with Nancy Kelley from the National Centre for Social Research and Professor Susan Harkness, social scientist from the University of Essex.

Presenter: Jane Garvey

Producer: Sarah Hatchard.

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Presenter
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Tanni Grey-Thompson
Interviewed Guest
Geri Horner
Interviewed Guest
Shazia Mirza
Interviewed Guest
Susie Mitchell
Interviewed Guest
Nancy Kelley
Interviewed Guest
Susan Harkness
Producer
Sarah Hatchard

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Woman's Hour

Woman's Hour

Best Place to be a Woman : East Dunbartonshire

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Residents of East Dunbartonshire talk about why it was named the best place to be a woman.

Woman's Hour speaks to residents from the area of East Dunbartonshire about why it was named the best place to be a woman.

Jane Garvey presents the programme live from the Fort Theatre, Bishopbriggs in East Dunbartonshire. One of thirty-two council areas in Scotland, it contains many of the suburbs of Glasgow as well as many of the city's commuter towns and villages. How important is education, housing, environment and culture? We hear from pupils at Bishopbriggs Academy. Jane speaks to different women from the area. They include the singer-songwriter Amy MacDonald; Kirstin Freeman, Rector All Saints Church; cafe owner Jennifer Tait; mother and businesswoman Tracey Eker and seventy-nine year old Margaret Smith who has lived in the area for nearly sixty years. They are joined by Catriona Stewart, Reporter and columnist with The Herald and Evening Times.

Presenter: Jane Garvey

Producer: Dianne McGregor

Picture credit: East Dunbartonshire Council.

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Presenter
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest
Amy Macdonald
Interviewed Guest
Kirstin Freeman
Interviewed Guest
Jennifer Tait
Interviewed Guest
Tracey Eker
Interviewed Guest
Margaret Smith
Interviewed Guest
Catriona Stewart

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