Women's Hour

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

Weekend Woman's Hour

Highlights from the Woman's Hour week.Presented by Jenni Murray Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor:Jane Thurlow

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

Parenting: Tokophobia, the fear of childbirth

At the British Science Festival in Hull last month, a lecturer in midwifery said ‘You just have to google childbirth and you’re met with a tsunami of horror stories... if you go on to any of the Mumsnet forums there are stories of childbirth... ooh it was terrible, it was a bloodbath... I wouldn’t say social media is leading women to be afraid of childbirth, but it is playing a part.’ Is she right? Jenni spoke to Marie Louise, a midwife who works in Cornwall and posts stories on Instagram as The Modern Midwife and Julie Jomeen, dean of the faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull and professor of midwifery.

Women and fabric, Student mental health, Homelessness, Plastic-free periods

Fabric has woven its way through the building of civilisations. Kassia St Clair, design journalist and author of The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History tells us about women's role in the weaving of cotton, silk, linen and wool. The Higher education minister Sam Gyimah says universities should ask students at enrolment for their permission to contact a parent or other trusted person if they are facing a mental health crisis. But as 18-year-old students are adult, and learning to live independent lives, how do parents and students feel about this? While the fight against single-use plastics like straws and shopping bags has become a mainstream issue, activists and environmental groups say disposable menstrual products are part of the problem and we need to focus on plastic-free periods too. We speak to founder of Bristol based City to Sea Natalie Fee and environmental science graduate, Jasmine Tribe. According to the housing charity, Shelter, the growing problem of homelessness is disproportionately affecting women. This is because single parent families are eight times more likely to become homeless than couples with children and 90% of single parents are female. Two thirds of families who are provided accommodation by local authorities are single mothers with children. Jenni speaks to Karen, about the problems she’s faced since her family became homeless and Polly Neate, the CEO of Shelter. Presented by Jenni Murray Produced by Jane Thurlow Interviewed guest: Sophie Flemig Interviewed guest: Natalie Fee Interviewed guest: Jasmine Tribe Interviewed guest: Polly Neate Interviewed guest: Kassia St Clair

Women of the civil rights movement, SNP conference, Kavanaugh confirmation

American civil rights activist Jean Stallings is one of the women who features in a new exhibition at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, we hear from her and from the curator Carrie Supple. Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon addresses her party conference today, the BBC’s Scotland Editor, Sarah Smith explains the challenges Nicola Sturgeon is facing and how she’s handled them so far. We ask what happens now Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in to the US Supreme Court? What will it mean for women worried about future rulings on abortion? And, hear this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, discussing their life and work. Photo: Jack Rottier photograph collection, George Mason University Libraries. Courtesy of Journey to Justice.

Min Jin Lee, Domestic Violence Deaths, Issie Barratt

Min Jin Lee's Pachinko has been in the New York Times bestseller list for the past 30 weeks. The novel tells the story of four generations of a Korean family, first in Japanese-occupied Korea in the early 20th century, then in Japan itself across eight decades and four generations. A coalition of academics, victims' families and campaigners are calling for better reporting on deaths involving domestic violence. Feminist campaign group Level-Up has developed media guidelines for outlets to use. The Woman's Hour Power List 2018 celebrates the women having an impact in music. Issie Barratt, a jazz composer. conductor, baritone clarinettist and educator is number 38 on the list. She joins Jane to discuss her own career and why the jazz world still has a long way to go for women. Presenter: Jane Garvey Interviewed guest: Min Jin Lee Interviewed guest: Janey Starling Interviewed guest: Joanne Beverley Interviewed guest: Issie Baratt Producer: Lucinda Montefiore Picture credit: Elena Seibert

Weekend Woman's Hour - Jacqueline Wilson, Samosas, Young women poets

Dame Jacqueline Wilson will be telling us about her new Tracey Beaker novel twenty-six years after her first appearance in a book. We hear from the writer Leta Hong Fincher about the feminist movement within China. Two bereaved fathers Paul Williams and Adam Powsney tell us about how they were affected by the loss of their babies. The Conservative MP for Faversham and Kent, Helen Whately, tells us how the party is working to get more women involved in Tory politics. Romy Gill the first Indian woman to own and run a restaurant in the UK cooks vegetarian samosas. We discuss the impact of voice recognition devices on family life. Katherine Hill from Care for the Family and Janet Read Professor in Child Computer Interaction at the University of Central Lancashire talk about pros and cons of these devices in our homes. Two young poets Nikita Gill and Charly Cox perform their work and discuss how they are using writing about their experiences to challenge societal norms. Presented by Jane Garvey Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed Editor: Erin Riley Guest: Dame Jacqueline Wilson Guest: Paul William Guest: Adam Powsney Guest: Helen Whately Guest: Leta Hong Fincher Guest: Rebecca Smith and Neil Smith and their children, Guest: Alice Molly and Rose Smith Guest: Katharine Hill, and Janet Read. Guest: Romy Gill Guest: Charly Cox and Nikita Gill. Reporter: Andrew Fletcher

Victorian women boxers in 19th-century London, Women running mosques, Feminists in China

Women boxers in Victorian London is the subject of a new play at the Southwark Playhouse. The Sweet Science of Bruising shows the powerlessness of women in their everyday lives versus the control they have in the ring. Jane talks to the writer, Joy Wilkinson and actor, Jessica Reagan. Involving women in decision making, equal facilities for praying and running mosque is the focus of a six-month programme developed by the Muslim Council of Britain to train 20 women to take on leadership roles. What impact will it have? In 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for 37-days. The Feminist Five became a global cause celebre, We hear from the author Leta Hong Fincher who's spoken to them for her new book and investigates how they've become a symbol of a much larger feminist movement within China. Political Party autumn conference season is underway, this weekend the Greens and Plaid Cymru are holding theirs. We look at why both parties have lost prominent women leaders recently. The new BBC drama series ‘The Cry’ features Jenna Coleman as a struggling first time mum. One scene features her unable to control her crying baby on a long haul flight. How do you stop a baby crying? And why does taking a baby or young toddler on a plane cause so much anxiety for parents? Presenter Jane Garvey Producer Beverley Purcell Guest; Leta Hong Fincher Guest; Anoosh Chakelian Guest; Joy Wilkinson Guest; Jessica Reagan. Guest; Carrie Bradley Guest; Sara Barron Guest; : Dr Shiriq Naigub Guest; Abdleen Razzaq

Feminist fairytales, the impact of baby loss on partners, Romy Gill

To most people a ‘fairy-tale’ will suggest the 200-year old works created by Hans Christian Andersen or the Brothers Grimm, or more recently, the magical world of Disney. How many of these popular tales have a named woman character with a success story that doesn’t relate to a man? How many were created by women? Jenni is joined by the authors Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Jessie Burton to talk about why they are choosing to re-write fairy-tales and create a new folklore to address the lack of feminism in traditional stories. Last week we spoke to Elle Wright about the tragic loss of her son shortly after his birth. This week we discuss the impact on the partners of women who lose their babies during birth or in the first few days. Jenni speaks to two fathers about their experiences. Playwright and actor, Gloria Williams says she has always been passionate about issues that affect the BAME community. Female Genital Mutilation is one of those concerns and why she has written Bullet Hole, a new play currently playing at the Park Theatre in North London. Joy Clarke, an FGM specialist midwife, joins Gloria and Jenni to discuss how prevalent this procedure remains. Chef Romy Gill is the first Indian woman to own and run a restaurant in the UK. Her restaurant Romy’s Kitchen combines influences from her upbringing in West Bengal and modern British cuisine. She joins Jenni in the studio to Cook the Perfect…Vegetarian Samosas. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Laura Northedge Interviewed Guest: Jessie Burton Interviewed Guest: Kiran Millwood Hargrave Interviewed Guest: Paul Williams Interviewed Guest: Adam Powsney Interviewed Guest: Gloria Williams Interviewed Guest: Joy Clarke Interviewed Guest: Romy Gill

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