Women's Hour

Cyclist Jenny Graham, Michelle Diskin Bates, Power List: Emma Banks

Women and girls face 'relentless'harassment on the street, say MPs from the Women and Equalities Committee. Sarah Green co-director of End Violence Against Women comments on the measures they are proposing. Michelle Diskin Bates is the sister of Barry George who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Jill Dando. She has written a book about fighting to clear her brother's name and the toll her brother's wrongful conviction took on the family. Emma Banks is number 26 on the Woman's Hour Power List 2018. Emma is a talent agent and her roster includes stars such as Kylie Minogue, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Florence and the Machine. The Irish Republic’s referendum in the Spring voted to change the law on abortion. Legislation is still working its way through Parliament there. Northern Ireland, part of the UK of course, still doesn’t allow it. Labour MP Diana Johnson is introducing what’s called a ten minute rule bill in the commons this afternoon…calling for decriminalisation of abortion in England, Wales and Northern Ireland Jenny Graham from Inverness has become the fastest woman to cycle around the world. After cycling 18,000 miles across four continents, she speaks to Jane about what it's like to be a female endurance cyclist. Presenter: Jane Garvey Interviewed guest: Sarah Green Interviewed guest: Michelle Diskin Bates Interviewed guest: Emma Banks Interviewed guest: Diana Johnson Interviewed guest: Jenny Graham Producer: Lucinda Montefiore

Women in Men's Prisons, Glasgow Strike, Women Cyclists

Training to be a prison officer takes 12 weeks. Meet Sally, who's the third woman in our series. She describes the training and explains why she's so excited to start work in a men's prison. It's estimated that more than 8,000 workers will strike on 23 and 24 October in Glasgow. That's according to the GMB and Unison. For more than a decade a dispute has raged over equal pay for women workers who are caterers, cleaners and care assistants. They say they're paid less than male workers who do jobs at the same kind of level, like refuse collection. Jane speaks to Stefan Cross QC, director of the group Action 4 Equality. He's joined by Shona Thomson and Amanda Green who are intending to strike, and Susan Aitken, SNP Leader of Glasgow City Council. It's sixty years since the first woman took her seat in the House of Lords. She was Baroness Swanborough, founder of the Women’s Voluntary Service. It did valuable work with refugees, bombing victims, the armed forces and child evacuees during the Second World War. Oonagh Gay, a former senior librarian in the House of Commons tells us all about her, as well as the women who would go on to join her in the Lords. In our Woman’s Hour Power List 2018, we’ve been highlighting women who are big in the world of music. But who sticks up for them when things go wrong? We speak to Deborah Annetts who's the Chief Executive of the Incorporate Society of Musicians. She stands up for the legal rights of performers in the music industry. She discusses her work and the difficulties musicians face. In the 1890s, women’s track cycling was so popular it sometimes caused a riot. We speak to Isabel Best about her book Queens of Pain: Legends and Rebels of Cycling. It tells the stories of maverick women through history who have broken barriers and set records, constantly searching out new challenges to prove themselves on two wheels.

Actor Sally Field, Raising mixed-race children, Decluttering your home

The actor Sally Field tells us about her challenging childhood and her rise to fame. In some areas in the UK, children outnumber adopters three to one. What is it like to be adopted? We hear from Zara Phillips a musician and author of Somebody’s Daughter and the comedian and broadcaster Jon Holmes who's written about his experience in ‘A Portrait of an Idiot as a Young Man.’ The award winning director Marianne Elliott best known for War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time discusses her latest production, Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy ‘Company’ where the main character is now a woman. What's it like to raise mixed race children in the UK today? We hear from Emma Dabiri the academic and broadcaster, Nicky Ezer who has raised Jewish Jamaican children and the youth worker Tanya Compas. Sue Nelson tells us the story of Mary Wallace ‘Wally’ Funk, an American aviator who passed rigorous tests to become one of the Mercury 13 as part of the Women in Space Programme. The journalist and author Deborah Robertson shares some of her decluttering tips. And Sofi Jeannin talks about being appointed the first female Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers. Presented by Jane Garvey Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Beverley Purcell

Conductor Sofi Jeannin, Adoption Week, Women comedy writers

French-Swedish Choral Conductor Sofi Jeannin has a career of firsts – the most recent being her appointment as Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers. As she prepares for her first concert in the role tonight, she joins Jane to discuss getting women into professional positions, and the impact she hopes to have. In a district of northern Afghanistan, education for girls has been halted beyond the age of 12 and many girls’ schools shut down. It’s since the Taliban took control of Qadis, in northwestern Baghdis province – giving them power over nearly 100 schools. How significant is this show of power for other girl’s schools across the country?Zubaida Akbar explains. In some areas of the UK, children outnumber adopters by three to one. This year in adoption week councils are trying to raise awareness of adoption, focussing on raising the numbers of adoptive parents by dispelling some of the myths that surround adoption, such as age, marital status, gender, sexuality, disability or employment status being a barrier. So why don’t many more adults step up and become adoptive parents? Two people who were adopted as babies share their own experiences and offer their take on how to maximise success for families. The late Baroness Patricia Hollis was a city and county councillor in Norfolk before becoming a Labour peer and renowned opponent of welfare cuts. But she was also an eminent historian and she spoke to Woman’s Hour on a number of occasions about her work on the history of women in local government and the early socialist MP Jennie Lee. Shadow leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Angela Smith tells Jane about her former colleague. BBC Three has begun its run of Comedy Slices and the pilots so far are all written by female writers. The first pilot to be released is ‘In My Skin’ written by Kayleigh Llewellyn. As well as talking to Kayleigh about her new comedy drama fellow writer Jane Bussmann joins the discussion to talk about what it is like to be a female comedy writer today and what is being done to encour

Trainee prison officers, Menopause, Decluttering

Being a prison officer is a tough job. In the second of our three part series about why some women want to do it, we speak to Calypso who's 24. She's just completed 12 weeks of training at Newbold Revel, the largest prison officer training centre in England and Wales. With the average female life expectancy of a woman in the UK now being 83 , many women will live half to one third of their lives post menopausal. On World Menopause Day which is focusing on sexual well-being, Tina talks to Kathy Abernethy, Chair of British Menopause Society. She's joined by the co-founders of the website and Dr Karen Morton about why it’s so important to talk about our sex life as we navigate our way through the menopause. One in 50 British people now considers themselves mixed race and nearly one in 16 children under five is mixed race. That rises to one in eight under-fives in London. So what's it like to raise mixed race children in the UK today? Emma Sabiri, academic and broadcaster, joins Tina Daheley to talk about her research and her own experience. Black Girl Fest is a celebration of black women past, present and future. It's the first time the UK has had an event especially celebrating black British girls and women. One of the founders, Nicole Krystal Crentsil, comes on the programme with youth worker Tanya Compas to talk about what inspired it.

Sally Field, #MeToo Africa, Female prison officers

Academy-Award-winning actor Sally Field on her challenging childhood, her rise to fame from playing Sister Bertrille in the 60s’ American sitcom the Flying Nun to starring in countless Hollywood hit films including Norma Rae, Lincoln, Forrest Gump and Mrs Doubtfire and her love affairs, including with her Smokey and the Bandit co-star, the late Burt Reynolds. Female prison officers... we find out about the training they receive and the pressures the job can put them under. We're given very rare access to a prison officer training centre in Warwickshire called Newbold Revel, where our reporter Siobhann Tighe speaks to Charmaine, who at 50, is embarking on a new career. The Woman’s Hour Power List 2018 celebrates a top 40 of women in music. It's little surprise that several songwriters make appearances in the list, but who protects the rights and interests of this talent? Vick Bain, who is number 29 on the list, is the CEO of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and joins us to discuss her work. This time last year #MeToo was taking over the internet. Twelve months on, we take a look at how it was received in Africa, and if it’s changed things for women on the continent. We’ll be speaking to women from Ghana and South Africa to find out if #MeToo is just a western phenomenon. Presented by Tina Daheley Produced by Jane Thurlow Interviewed guest: Sally Field Interviewed guest: Vick Bain Reporter: Siobhann Tighe

Gender Recognition Act Consultation

The Government is consulting on reforming the Gender Recognition Act. It's asking how well current legal processes work when someone wants to change gender and what should be done. The consultation has generated a huge amount of debate. Some feminist groups argue it threatens the legal protections women enjoy to women-only services and against sex-discrimination. Transgender campaigners argue that a change in the law would protect them from an intrusive process involving medical diagnosis. We look at the current debate.

Director Emma Rice on Wise Children and Angela Carter

Wise Children is not only the name of artistic director, Emma Rice’s new theatre company but the title of her first production currently showing at the Old Vic. She explains why her passion for all things Angela Carter have led to the adaptation of Carter’s novel as a stage musical, why its arrival has taken twelve years and why it’s a ‘love letter’ to theatre’? A year ago, the #MeToo movement began. It followed allegations of sexual misconduct around the film producer, Harvey Weinstein. Although the movement started off in the entertainment industry, complaints about sexually inappropriate behaviour came up in lots of other sectors including politics. It’s been mostly women who’ve been victims, but men have also come out to say they’ve been affected. But a year on, what’s been achieved and what’s been its impact? How has it changed our relationships, our conversations and our understanding of consent? This time two weeks ago we announced the Woman’s Hour Power List 2018, celebrating the 40 most important women in the music industry. Over the coming weeks we’ll be hearing from some of them and today it’s Jasmine Sandlas. She was number 30 on the list, noted for her ‘powerhouse Punjabi vocals’. She sent us a message after we told her the news. Sasha and Richard Holden’s daughter Lola was stillborn in June, 7 years ago. As a way of coping Sasha wanted yoga and alternative therapies to help her deal with the shock and grief. But the post-natal classes she needed were only available to new mums with babies. So to help other bereaved parents she set up an online service in memory of her daughter – Lola’s project. The website offers therapies as well as practical advice on how to cope in those early weeks and months. Her family – ‘the Holden women’ - have helped her with the site from the very beginning. Almost a fifth of adults in the UK have been a victim of financial abuse in a current or past relationship according to a joint campaign with the Co-operative Bank and Refuge, the national domestic violence c

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jo Brand, Political history, Sian Brooke

Award-winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won this year’s Pen Printer Prize. Given to a writer for an ‘unflinching, unswerving gaze upon the world’ and one who shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination... to define the real truth of our lives and our societies, Chimamanda joins Jenni. The comedian Jo Brand left home at 16, worked as a psychiatric nurse before making it as a stand-up and becoming a regular on Have I Got News for You, QI and Bake Off: An Extra Slice. All that life experience has been squeezed into her latest book ‘Born Lippy’ and Jo joins Jenni to share what she has learnt. Is it time the Labour Party had a woman at the helm? A theme explored in a new play at the National Theatre in London until the end of January (NT Live broadcast on 31 January to over 700 cinemas across the UK). Actor Sian Brooke talks to Jenni about her role as Pauline who enters parliament as an independent MP following a campaign to keep her local hospital open, but whose ambition doesn’t stop there. With the centenary of some women getting the vote, we look at how a renaissance in women’s political history is changing our understanding of our recent past and of Parliament today. Nan Sloane is the former Director of the Centre for Women and Democracy and Oonagh Gay was a senior librarian in the House of Commons Library. They discuss writing about some of our earliest and forgotten women MPs. Presenter: Jenni Murray

Wally Funk, Caesarean Birth Worldwide, Marianne Elliott, Sarah Stennett

Caesarean sections have doubled around the world since 2000. New research published in the Lancet says 60 per cent of countries overuse C-Section. We talk to the the authors. CEO of First Access Entertainment, Sarah Stennett, is number 17 on the Woman's Hour 2018 Power List that celebrates the top 40 most successful women having an impact on the music we're listening to. Sarah talks about her business and developing the talent of her artists. Sue Nelson has written a book, Wally Funk's Race for Space. It tells the story of Mary Wallace 'Wally' Funk, an American aviator who passed rigorous tests to become one of the Mercury 13 as part of the Women in Space Program. Nearly 60 years later Wally is still chasing her dream to go into space. Award-winning director Marianne Elliott, best known for War Horse and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, joins Jane to discuss her latest production, Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy, Company. She explains how she managed to convince Sondheim to let her make the the main character a woman. Presenter: Jane Garvey Interviewed guest: Professor Jane Sandall Interviewed guest: Dr Carol Kingdon Interviewed guest: Sarah Stennett Interviewed guest: Sue Nelson Interviewed guest: Marianne Elliott Producer: Lucinda Montefiore Editor: Karen Dalziel

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