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Hairstyles, Worboys, Lady Bird, Unemployed, Domestic abuse

From perms to bobs, mohicans to mullets, we all have our own personal history of hairstyles, The history of our obsession with hairstyles is now documented in a new exhibition at the Barnsley Civic. "Beehives Bobs and Blowdries" explores how fashion, culture and technology have influenced women's hair choices throughout the past 5 decades. Our reporter Tamsin Smith was in Barnsley to talk to visitors on the exhibition's opening day. Victims of serious crime may be able to sue the police for failures in their investigations following a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court. The Metropolitan Police lost an appeal against two rape victims, who won compensation over its handling of the case of black cab rapist John Worboys. The women had argued their treatment by police caused them mental harm. Jenni talks to lawyer Harriet Wistrich and Pragna Patel from Southall Black Sisters about the significance of the ruling. Yesterday the Office for National Statistics revealed that youth unemployment had increased by 26,000 and out of these, 21,000 are young women. Young women's unemployment is at its highest level since summer 2016, while in that same period unemployment in young men has fallen. Jenni is joined by Dr Carole Easton, Chief Executive of the Young Women's Trust, to discuss the reasons for this disparity. A new domestic abuse sentencing guideline has been published giving courts up to date guidance that emphasises the seriousness of this kind of offending. Jenni talks to Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women's Aid. Three leading films of the moment, 'Lady Bird', 'I, Tonya' and 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri' all portray complex and very different mother daughter relationships. Why are we so fascinated about the mother daughter relationship? Jenni is joined by head of news and content at The Pool, Lynn Enright, who was reminded about her own teenage relationship with her mother when she went to see 'Lady Bird'. And film writer Karen Krizanovich who will be telling us why the mother daughter relations

England women's football squad, teens buying illegal drugs online

Phil Neville has named his first squad ahead of the SheBelieves Cup in the US next month. He was appointed Head Coach of the England Women's Football team last month, following the sacking of Mark Sampson. Some have questioned Phil's lack of suitability for the role. Is Phil Neville the right person for the job and what does his appointment tell us about how the women's game is viewed? BBC Women's Football reporter, Jo Currie joins Jenni. Prescription drugs like Xanax and diazepam are being sold illegally to children on social media sites, a BBC investigation has found. Xanax is widely prescribed in the US to treat anxiety but can only be obtained on private prescription in the UK. What can parents do if they are worried about their child coming into contact with these drugs? We hear from Lauren Moss, a reporter from BBC South East, who carried out the investigation and Karen Tyrell, Executive Director of the drugs support charity Addaction who say confirm children as young as 13 have bought Xanax online. Afghanistan is considered to be one of the worst places in the world to be a woman. But Setara Hassan, the CEO of Zan TV, is hoping to raise awareness about women's issues and experiences. Zan TV is the first female-focused Afghan TV station - where all the reporters, anchors and journalists are women. Setara joins Jenni to discuss her work, why she thinks it is important, and the backlash she's received as a result. Research indicates that two thirds of women lawyers have experienced sexual harassment at work and more than half have been targeted more than once. Karen Jackson, employment discrimination lawyer and director of Didlaw, Georgina Stanley, editor of Legal Week, and Dr Vanessa Davies, the Director General of the Bar Standards Board discuss. How much of a problem this is in the legal sector? Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

Parenting: Misuse of Xanax

Prescription drugs like Xanax and Diazepam are being sold illegally to children on social media sites, a BBC investigation has found. Xanax is widely prescribed in the US to treat anxiety but can only be obtained on private prescription in the UK. What can parents do if they are worried about their child coming into contact with these drugs? Jenni is joined by Lauren Moss a reporter from BBC South East who carried out an investigation into how you can access drugs online and Karen Tyrell, executive director of the drugs support charity Addaction which says that children as young as 13 had bought Xanax online.

Toyah, Sandra Bernhard, Sister Helen Prejean

Toyah Willcox made her screen debut 40 years ago in Derek Jarman's iconic punk film Jubilee. It's now been adapted for the stage set in the social and political backdrop of today. She joins us to talk about disenfranchised youth, and her own life and work, both then and now. Sister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her work to end the death penalty and has been instrumental in encouraging dialogue around the world and in shaping the Catholic Church's newly vigorous opposition to all executions. She talks about her optimism that the death penalty will be abolished. Sandra Bernhard began her career on the comedy circuit in the 1970s. She also starred alongside Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's King Of Comedy and played one of the first openly lesbian characters on American network television in the hit sitcom Roseanne. The performer, comedian and singer is also a pioneer of the one woman show. She joins Jane to talk about her new show Sandemonium at Ronnie Scott's London. Women, science and suffrage. Dr Patricia Fara and science writer Angela Saini discuss the impact of science on women getting the vote - and whether women's suffrage changed the working lives of female scientists. Presented by Jane Garvey Produced by Jane Thurlow.

Margot Robbie, Young Women and Home Ownership, The Century Girls

Tonya Harding became perhaps the most infamous figure skater in the world when she was banned from skating after an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan. But it's her own background of domestic violence and snobbery that takes centre stage in Margot Robbie's new film I, Tonya. A decade on from Norway introducing quotas for women on boards, we ask what impact quotas have had globally on companies and their female work force? Average house prices have grown about seven times faster than the average incomes of young adults since 1998, according to figures by the Institute of Fiscal Studies. What does this mean for the current and future lives of young women today? Author Tessa Dunlop has brought together the life stories of six 100-year-old women in her new book, The Century Girls, a personal account of British history over the last 100 years. Tessa and Joyce Reynolds, the youngest of the sex centenarians who at 99 is still working as an honorary fellow at Cambridge, join Jane. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Lucinda Montefiore Editor: Karen Dalziel.

Weekend Woman's Hour: Saoirse Ronan, Children and exercise, Endometriosis, Self-care

Saoirse Ronan is just 23 years old but has already received three Academy Award nominations, four British Academy Film Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Christine or Lady Bird in the coming-of-age film of the same name. What it's like to have already been so widely acclaimed for her acting at such a young age? Nicole Stott is a former NASA astronaut, making her one of only 60 women to complete a space flight, compared to 500 men. She's now an ambassador for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, where she inspires the next generation, and is pursuing her long term passion in art. Lena Dunham has revealed she has had a hysterectomy after struggling to cope with endometriosis. We talk to Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Miss Karolina Afors about the treatments available and under what circumstances might surgery be recommended. Propaganda from so-called Islamic State represents women fighting on the frontline for the first time. Dr Katherine Brown from the University of Birmingham and Elizabeth Pearson from the think-tank Royal United Services Institute discuss what this change of tactic might tell us about the role of women role within ISIS. How can we encourage children to get off the sofa and take some physical exercise? Kate Dale, from the This Girl Can advertising campaign run by Sport England, and Maria Lally, Health Journalist give their top tips for getting kids active. What does it mean to take care of yourself? Does it mean becoming super healthy, taking loads of exercise and radically altering your diet as journalist Decca Aitkenhead spent last year doing? Or is there a gentler, kinder way of giving yourself the care that you need as Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips suggest in their new book, Self-Care for the Real World. And dinosaurs on tour - challenging gender stereotypes. The Natural History Museum's Head of Conservation, Lorraine Cornish, tells us about taking the museum's much loved dinosaur, Dippy, on a UK-wide tour, and how she hopes h

Saoirse Ronan, Endometriosis, Rohingya refugee women

Saoirse Ronan is just 23 years old but has already received three Academy Award nominations, four British Academy Film Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Christine or Lady Bird in the coming-of-age film of the same name. What it's like to have already been so widely acclaimed for her acting at such a young age? Lena Dunham has revealed she has had a hysterectomy after struggling to cope with the condition endometriosis. What are the treatments available and under what circumstances might surgery be recommended? Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Miss Karolina Afors discusses. Generation Gifted is a new BBC Two series following 6 highly promising 13-year-old children over the next 3 years as they prepare for and sit their GCSEs. The 3 boys and 3 girls are all in state schools across the UK and come from families on low incomes. Series producer Zehra Yas discusses social mobility and the challenges facing these children. Director of Amnesty International Kate Allen on the latest situation facing Rohingya refugees in camps in Bangladesh. Presenter: Jenni Murray Producer: Anne Peacock.

Parenting: Children and exercise

How can we encourage children to get off the sofa, put down the mobile phone and take some physical exercise...particularly when the weather's bad? Kate Dale, from the This Girl Can advertising campaign run by Sport England, and Maria Lally, Health Journalist and mum give their top tips for getting kids active.

Feminist Infighting, Haymarket Theatre, Getting Children Active

What's the impact of public infighting between feminists? Does it damage the wider women's rights' movement? Brierre Hunt is the founder of an online community group 'Slay The Patriarchy'. Yassmin Abdel-Magied is an Australian activist. Her work focuses on the politics of being a Muslim feminist. Rosa Silverman is a features writer at the Daily Telegraph. They discuss online abuse and judgement within feminism. Are long-standing male MPs a barrier to equal representation in parliament? Over 80% of MPs first elected in 1997 or before are men. Jess Garland from the Electoral Reform Society and Lucy Fisher, Senior Political Correspondent for The Times discuss how the voting system could change to make a real difference to women entering Parliament. A group of female creatives has started a crowd funding initiative to buy Theatre Royal Haymarket in London to encourage and showcase female led work. The group's supporters, who share a passion for performing arts, are hoping to inspire change in an industry with a low representation of women. We discuss with the campaign's founder Natalie Durkin and whatsonstage's managing editor Daisy Bowie-Sell. How can we encourage children to get off the sofa, put down the mobile phone and take some physical exercise? Kate Dale, from the This Girl Can advertising campaign run by Sport England, and Maria Lally, Health Journalist and mum give their top tips for getting kids active. Presented by Jane Garvey Produced by Jane Thurlow.

Sinn Fein's new leader Mary Lou McDonald, and sex abuse in the humanitarian sector

Mary Lou McDonald: the new female leader of Sinn Fein. What impact will she have on her party, and on a new power sharing deal at Stormont? And why are more women coming to the forefront of politics in Northern Ireland? Jane discusses with journalist Siobhan Fenton. Sex abuse in the humanitarian sector. How widespread is the problem? And what can we learn from the sexual abuse scandal surrounding UN Peace Keepers since as early as 2004? We speak to Liesl Gerntholtz - Executive Director of the women's rights division of Human Rights Watch - and to Sienna Merope-Synge, a human rights lawyer at the Institute For Justice & Democracy In Haiti. Plus, author Alicia Drake on her debut novel and parenting in Paris. I Love You Too Much is set in the sixth arrondissement, and is narrated by shy, unloved 13 year old Paul, who quietly observes the self-involved adults around him. Alicia, whose five children were born in Paris, discusses how parenthood is viewed in the city. And dinosaurs on tour - challenging gender stereotypes. The Natural History Museum's Head of Conservation, Lorraine Cornish, tells us about taking the museum's much loved dinosaur, Dippy, on a UK-wide tour, and how she hopes he'll encourage more girls to get involved in science. Presenter: Jane Garvey Producer: Emma Wallace.

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