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Listener Week: The aftermath of betrayal, Legacy books, Challenging cultural expectations

Listener Week - where all the topics are chosen by you How do you go about rebuilding your relationship when your partner has had an affair? A book you would like to pass onto the next generation. Emily introduces American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld Louise takes issue with the old adage, "A son is a son until he takes a wife. A daughter is a daughter all of her life." Grace asks why younger models are used to advertise products which relate to older consumers.

Listener Week: Legacy books, Age gap relationships, Adult bullying, Going grey.

Listener Week - where all the topics are chosen by you. The book that changed my life and I want to pass on. Huma Qureshi and Ronali Collings nominate The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahari. They explain the impact it had on them when they read it and how important it was to see their life reflected in fiction. Can an age gap make a difference to a relationship? We hear from a listener and her partner who's 26 years older than her. Does it really matter or is age really just a number? Jo Clift wants to discuss "the complex decision and feelings around letting your hair go grey after years of colouring". She wants to know whether, as a 53 year old woman who runs her own business if it'll affect the way that she is perceived professionally . And we're talking being bullied as an adult. It's normally associated with younger people and children but it can happen later in life too. What's the best way to handle it? Presenter Jane Garvey Producer Beverley Purcell.

Weekend Woman's Hour: Madonna at 60, Travelling alone, Breadwinners

As Madonna turns 60 we look at her influence on women in the music industry. Women may have to quit jobs to fill caring roles post Brexit - that's according to a Department of Health response to the Migration Advisory Committee. Is it a sexist assumption that women should do the caring, or just a statement of fact? Are you embarrassed to be the main breadwinner in your home? Why are women still worried about making more money than their male partner? T Who are the women in Heavy Metal that we should know about? Plus, what do you do when your child favours one parent over the other? The pros and cons of solo travel. And a look at the new play Home, I'm Darling - what would life be like for a 21st century couple to live as if it was the 1950s? Presented by Jane Garvey Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Beverley Purcell.

Travelling solo, Refuge funding, Ruth Mancini, Women's unmet health needs

Government proposals to take short term supported housing out of the welfare system have been dropped. The announcement follows much lobbying by women's groups who argued that the proposal would have had a devastating effect on the future of Refuges across the country. Jane is joined by Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women's Aid. How does the idea of holidaying on your own make you feel? Does it fill you with utter dread or do you love the freedom it gives you? 59% of women in England and Wales are single, divorced or widowed and so it's not surprising the number of women searching for solo holidays has risen in the past three years. But choosing to go alone and having to go alone can be two very different experiences. Mandy Appleyard, a veteran solo traveller and Siam Goorwich, a very reluctant one discuss the pros and cons. Over the last few days we have been taking a closer look at a new report published by the British Medical Association this week. If women's health needs tend to be greater than men's over a lifetime what changes need to be made to the way healthcare is provided? Jane speaks to Professor Dame Parveen Kumar who sponsored the report, Paulette Winchester-Joseph, Deputy Clinical Lead for the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline and Sara Hiom, Director of Early Diagnosis, Cancer Research UK. Ruth Mancini's new novel, In the Blood, tells the story of Ellie, a secretive and challenging young mother who has been accused of poisoning her own child and leaving him to die and of criminal defence lawyer, Sarah Kellerman, who takes on this very difficult case, while also raising her severely disabled son. Like Sarah, Ruth is a criminal defence lawyer and has a severely autistic and learning-disabled child. In 2017, a study from the lifestyle website Refinery 29 spoke to 130 millennial women in heterosexual relationships, who are the breadwinners in their homes. The results found that the majority of women were still likely to be embarrassed or "worried" about making more money than their male partners.

Doro on women in heavy metal, health inequality, The Bell Jar, Voice and Vote

We hear about the vote against liberalising abortion in Argentina and what it means. The Woman's Hour Power List is looking at women in music this year. Today we ask who are the powerful women in, what is assumed to be a very male genre, heavy metal. As part of Woman's Hour's look at health inequality this week, we look at mental health and middle age today. A new BBC 2 documentary explores the significance of Sylvia Plath's novel The Bell Jar, we discuss the continuing importance of her life and work. And, Jenni takes a tour round the 'Voice and Vote: Women's Place in Parliament' exhibition.

Women in politics, Madonna at 60, health inequality, favourite parent

Conservative Party chair, Brandon Lewis, on getting more women into politics. Madonna turns 60 next week. Hailed as the 'Queen of Pop' since the eighties, we ask how important she has been for women in music, as part our Powerlist: Women in Music series with journalists Sylvia Patterson and Sophie Wilkinson. A new report published this week by the British Medical Association calls for a more effective healthcare system to address women's needs. It says in general women and girls have greater health and social care requirements in comparison to men across their lifetime and this needs to be reflected in the health provision. Jenni is joined by Dr Anthea Mowat, Chair of the BMA Representative Body, Dr Sue Mann, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Professor Nicole Westmarland, Director of the Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse at Durham University. And what do you do when your child favours one parent over the other? It's a normal part of child development and often temporary but it can still hurt. So how do you handle it? Jenni speaks to Katie Argent, head of Child Psychotherapy at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Claire Grace whose five year old daughter prefers her, over her husband. Presenter Jenni Murray Producer Elisa Kennedy.

Parenting: Favourite parents

What do you do when your child favours one parent over the other? It’s a normal part of child development and it usually bounces back the other way but it can still hurt. So how do you handle it? Jenni speaks to Katie Argent, head of Child Psychotherapy at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation and Claire Grace whose five year old daughter seems to prefer her over her partner. Presenter: Jenni Murray

Woman's Lab: Dating

Gemma Cairney, Gia Milinovich and Michelle Dewberry go to Manchester (the singles capital of the UK) to try to figure out the secret to love. Our Woman's Lab team test ideas and find solutions for an important issue affecting women, in the real world. This time their mission is: Dating. Each presenter is paired with a single Mancunian and together they have 36 hours to discover new ways of meeting people, dating and hopefully finding love. We find out what the experts make of their ideas and finally test them out on the streets of Manchester. We chose Manchester because, according to ONS figures, it has more single people than anywhere else in the UK, so where better to find single women who might want to join in the challenge? Fleur, a 29 year old business development executive describes herself as queer and loves writing poetry. She's never had a long term relationship. Shelly is a 44 year old, entrepreneur who's looking for an adventurous younger man who doesn't want children. And Sarah is 67 and divorced with two grown-up children, she's looking for a Jewish partner and hates dating apps. Presenter: Gemma Cairney Presenter: Michelle Dewberry Presenter: Gia Milinovich Producer: Deborah Coughlin.

Caring for parents; Home, I'm Darling; Plastic pollution

Last year over 13,400 girls in England were admitted to hospital because they had self-harmed. Why is this number increasing? A new play at the National called 'Home, I'm Darling' looks at what life would be like for a modern day couple if they completely immersed themselves in the 1950's. We speak to the actress Katherine Parkinson and reflect on whether it can be problematic to fetishize the era. The Department of Health has issued a warning that a reduction in EU carers after Brexit could mean more people, "especially women" giving up jobs to look after elderly relatives. Do women tend to take on more caring responsibilities in the family than men? And we meet Emily Penn, an ocean explorer who is on a mission to educate the world about how plastics pollute our environment.

Weekend Woman's Hour: Gemma Arterton, Female Imam, Spare Rib recipes

Gemma Arterton discusses her new film The Escape where she plays at stay at home mother who walks out on her marriage and children. More than four hundred thousand children do not have a bed of their own, forcing many to share or sleep on the floor. Gerri McAndrew from the charity Buttle UK and Assistant Head Teacher Bex Wilson, who realised one of her own pupils was having to sleep on the floor, discuss. Sherin Khankan tells us about becoming a female imam, founding the first mosque for women in Denmark. How do eating disorders harm your teeth and why aren't dentists talking about it. We hear from Laura Dennison who suffered from bulimia for five years and from the dentist Dr Uchenna Okoye. The British Afro-Caribbean artist Sonia Boyce talks about her part in a BBC documentary exploring the history of British artists of African and Asian descent. Why have they not been represented on gallery walls? New Zealand has become only the second country in the world to pass a law granting victims of domestic violence ten days paid leave by their employers so they can escape from their partners. Jan Logie, the Green MP who fought for seven years to pass her bill into law and Suzanne Jacob from the domestic abuse charity SafeLives discuss. Can you be a feminist and still enjoy cooking? We look at the recipes printed in the feminist magazine Spare Rib with food historian Polly Russell, and journalists Zoe Strimpel and Niellah Arboine. Highlights from the Woman's Hour week. Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor Lucinda Montefiore.

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