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Woman's Hour
Woman's Hour
BBC Radio 4

Women's voices and women's lives - topical conversations to inform, challenge and inspire.

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Episodes

Kitty Ruskin's year of casual sex, The Girls of Slender Means, ARFID

Ten Men, A Year of Casual Sex is a new book from the author Kitty Ruskin. It follows a year... more

23 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Peres Jepchirchir, Rhianon Bragg and stalking, Nitazenes, Tortured poets

The Kenyan distance runner Peres Jepchirchir won yesterday’s elite women's London Marathon, breaking the women’s only record with her time... more

22 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Woman's Hour special: Breaking The Cycle

Over the past few weeks, Woman’s Hour has been telling the stories of young people, staff and parents involved in... more

21 Apr 2024 · 58 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Ruth Wilson, Young women and voting, Jing Lusi

This week, Ruth Wilson explains why she’s running this year’s London Marathon for an Alzheimer’s research, following in the footsteps... more

20 Apr 2024 · 55 minutes
Solitude, Apprentice winner Rachel Woolford, Personal space, Kids and smartphones

Nearly a quarter of five-to-seven-year-olds now have their own smartphone according to OFCOM. Social media use also rose in the... more

19 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Ruth Wilson, periods and concussion, Ashley Storrie on BBC comedy Dinosaur, sewing for mental health

Ruth Wilson explains why she’s running this year’s London marathon for an Alzheimer’s charity, following in the footsteps of her... more

18 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Cricketer Nat Sciver-Brunt, Smacking, Hypochondria, Police drama Blue Lights, Soul Sisters Pakistan

Nat Sciver-Brunt is the first English woman to be honored as Wisden's leading cricketer in the world. She joins Jesscia... more

17 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Hollywood film producer Deborah Snyder, Young women and voting, Machinal star Rosie Sheehy

Deborah Snyder has produced some of the biggest blockbusters and action franchises in the last decade including Wonder Woman, 300... more

16 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Jing Lusi, Fatal stabbings in Sydney, Australia, Declaration of the Rights of the Child

Australian police investigating the fatal stabbing of six people at the crowded shopping centre in Bondi Junction, Sydney say they're... more

15 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Juliet open letter, Vogue’s Chioma Nnadi, Female Psychopath

This week, it was announced that 883 actors, writers, comedians and creatives had signed an open letter in support of... more

13 Apr 2024 · 52 minutes
Marian Keyes, Juliet open letter, Swiss climate victory

Irish author Marian Keyes writes funny, clever novels about life including: Rachel’s Holiday, Anybody out There, Grown Ups, Angels. She... more

12 Apr 2024 · 56 minutes
Gloria Steinem at 90, Rebecca Ferguson, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The pioneering feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem made a name for herself in the 1960s and 70s through her... more

11 Apr 2024 · 53 minutes
The Cass Review, Back to Black, Female Psychopath

The long awaited Cass Review, published on Wednesday by paediatrician Dr Hilary Cass, calls for gender services for young people... more

10 Apr 2024 · 56 minutes
Vogue's Chioma Nnadi, Life in a women’s refuge, Parents jailed after son’s mass shooting

Emma Barnett talks to the new head of British Vogue Chioma Nnadi, a London born, fashion journalist, podcaster and the... more

09 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Westminster honeytrap scam, What we can learn from toddlers, Saudi Arabia

Dame Andrea Jenkyns MP has become the first woman to publicly speak about being a victim to the suspected Westminster... more

08 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Pregnancy discrimination, Girls State and Carly Pearce

An employment tribunal has ruled that describing an expectant mother as 'emotional' at work was discrimination. Described as a David... more

06 Apr 2024 · 53 minutes
Rwanda genocide, Bowie's hairdresser, womanhood during Ramadan

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide on Sunday, April 7th, BBC journalist Victoria Uwonkunda returns to the... more

05 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Pregnancy discrimination, Prue Leith, Femcels, Social workers on screen

An employment tribunal has ruled that describing an expectant mother as 'emotional' at work was discrimination. Described as a David... more

04 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Girls State, Author Holly Gramazio, First female prime minister of the DRC

In the run-up to local elections in England and Wales, the Local Government Alliance have called for the law to... more

03 Apr 2024 · 56 minutes
Scotland's hate crime law, Motherhood and art, Actor Rachael Stirling

Scotland's new hate crime law came in to effect yesterday. The Act creates a crime of "stirring up hatred" relating... more

02 Apr 2024 · 57 minutes
Women in Country Music

From Beyoncé's new country album to Shania headlining Glastonbury, country music is reaching new heights of popularity. Who are the... more

01 Apr 2024 · 52 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Katie Price, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, Biba exhibition

Model turned TV personality Katie Price joins Clare McDonnell to talk about her views on young women getting cosmetic surgery,... more

30 Mar 2024 · 52 minutes
Katie Price, A decade of same-sex marriage, From policing to crime-writing

Model turned TV personality Katie Price joins Clare McDonnell to talk about her views on young women getting cosmetic surgery,... more

29 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Biba exhibition, Pupil behaviour, Australian politician Georgie Purcell, Breaking the cycle

Nearly one in five teachers working in England has been hit by a pupil, according to a new BBC commissioned... more

28 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Stoning of Women in Afghanistan, Jazz with Zara McFarlane, AI job losses & women

The leader of the Taliban has declared on state television that women who commit adultery will be stoned to death.... more

27 Mar 2024 · 53 minutes
Killed Women campaign, Anti-ageing products and young girls, France birth rate

Killed Women is a group formed of relatives of women who were murdered in domestic abuse situations. They are campaigning... more

26 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, Breaking the cycle, Musih Tedji Xaviere

Described as a grim portrayal of human nature, Mothers’ Instinct is a film about the darker side of maternal love.... more

25 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Laura Kenny, Actor Vicky Knight, baby loss certificates

Dame Laura Kenny, Britain's most decorated female Olympian, talks to Emma Barnett about her sporting career, motherhood and her decision... more

23 Mar 2024 · 54 minutes
Who wants to be a female entrepreneur?

Woman’s Hour is joined by BBC Radio Sheffield in Doncaster for a special live panel show to find out how... more

22 Mar 2024 · 54 minutes
Waspi women, Dr Jen Gunter, The Liverbirds, Child poverty

A long-awaited report on how women born in the 1950s were affected by increases to their retirement age - the... more

21 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Baby loss certificates, 'Women's intuition', Carolynne Hunter & energy bills

On 27 February, Emma Barnett spoke to Zoe Clark-Coates, who runs the baby loss and bereavement charity The Mariposa Trust,... more

20 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Actor Vicky Knight, Conscription, Author Lesley Pearse

The Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves is today delivering a speech in which she’ll promise to ‘reform the Treasury’. If Labour... more

19 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Olympian cyclist Dame Laura Kenny, Actor Imogen Poots, Pornography series

Dame Laura Kenny, Britain's most decorated female Olympian, talks to Emma Barnett about her sporting career, motherhood and her decision... more

18 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman’s Hour: Irish folk singer Cara Dillon, The Hampstead Paedophile Hoax, Maximalism

Cara Dillon won the All Ireland singing trophy aged only 14 and has gone on to receive countless awards and... more

16 Mar 2024 · 53 minutes
Men & porn, Women's Diaries, South Korea birth rate

As part of our ongoing series on pornography and how it’s shaping our relationships, we’ve heard from many of our... more

15 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Folk singer Cara Dillon, Diane Abbott and racist abuse, Haiti

Folk singer Cara Dillon joins Emma Barnett to discuss her book and a new album – Coming Home – which... more

14 Mar 2024 · 52 minutes
IVF clinic license suspended, Porn series, 'Queens' wildlife programme

A new law will be introduced in the House of Commons at lunchtime today to clear the names of the... more

13 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Body shaming in dance, Author Charlotte Wood, Mothers’ Manifesto

A group of mums called Mothers' Manifesto are on day three of a five-day hunger strike in front of Parliament.... more

12 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
The Hampstead Paedophile Hoax, Jennie Lee MP, England Rugby player Meg Jones

For the first time, four mums are speaking out about what it was like to be at the centre of... more

11 Mar 2024 · 55 minutes
Weekend Woman’s Hour – Music artist Raye, COPA 71 and Imelda May on the Yeats sisters

The South London singer-songwriter Raye joins Emma Barnett following her record-breaking six wins at the Brit awards last weekend. Raye... more

09 Mar 2024 · 56 minutes
Women's Football in '71, Mollie King, Female psychopaths

A new documentary, Copa 71, follows the trailblazing women who headed to Mexico for an unofficial Women's World Cup in... more

08 Mar 2024 · 56 minutes
Nikki Haley, Pornography series, Author Liz Jensen

Nikki Haley has officially dropped out of the race to become Republican candidate for US President. So what does this... more

07 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Raye, Women swimming the Channel, Anita Hill, Adaptive fashion

The South London singer-songwriter Raye joins Emma Barnett following her record-breaking six wins at the Brit awards last weekend. Raye... more

06 Mar 2024 · 56 minutes
Historic abortion law change in France and Pornography series

Two years after the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion, lawmakers in France yesterday made history by... more

05 Mar 2024 · 53 minutes
Sarah Everard's murder 3 years on, Jess Phillips MP and Baroness Ruth Davidson, singer CMAT

On the 3rd March 2021, Sarah Everard was murdered by Wayne Couzens, an off-duty police officer. The incident sparked national... more

04 Mar 2024 · 52 minutes
Weekend Woman’s Hour: Actor Samantha Morton, Alabama IVF, Andi and Charlotte Osho

The twice Oscar-nominated actor Samantha Morton has just received the Bafta Fellowship: a lifetime achievement award which recognises an outstanding... more

02 Mar 2024 · 43 minutes
Female history in 101 objects, Big hair, Toilet training and schools, Primodos

A parliamentary committee has issued a new and scathing report about Primodos - a pregnancy test drug issued by doctors... more

01 Mar 2024 · 57 minutes
Alabama IVF, Porn series, Tattoos

Both Republicans and Democrats in the US state of Alabama are trying to find a legal solution that would protect... more

29 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Yvette Cooper on Raneem's Law, Porn review, Andi and Charlotte Osho, Lucia Keskin

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper is calling for 'Raneem’s Law' in memory of a 22-year-old woman who was stabbed to... more

28 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Nadine Shah, Vivian Oparah, Baby loss certificates, Amber Heard trolling

Through her songs, the Mercury prize nominated singer/songwriter Nadine Shah has explored mental health, the refugee crisis and feminism. The subject... more

27 Feb 2024 · 53 minutes
Actor Samantha Morton, Mary Beard, Leap year proposals

The twice Oscar-nominated actor Samantha Morton has just received the Bafta Fellowship: a lifetime achievement award which recognises an outstanding... more

26 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Kelsey Parker, Ukraine's children, Black girls in education, Aisling Bea

It has been almost two years since the death of The Wanted star Tom Parker after he was diagnosed with... more

24 Feb 2024 · 56 minutes
Kelsey Parker, 'Sharenting', Maternity leave

It has been almost two years since the death of The Wanted star Tom Parker after he was diagnosed with... more

23 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Mistresses, Ultrasound 'bra', Diane Foley, Black girls in education

It is has been 11 years since the American journalist James Foley was kidnapped in northern Syria, and nearly a... more

22 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Ukraine children, Director of Wicked Little Letters Thea Sharrock, The implications of a new AI study on the brain

This week marks two years since Russia began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine's government says it has identified... more

21 Feb 2024 · 56 minutes
Tracey Crouch MP, Marina Litvinenko, Author Kiley Reid

Former government minister Tracey Crouch has joined the list of MPs who’ve said they won’t be standing at the next... more

20 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Aisling Bea, Profile of Yulia Navalnaya, Carmen Smith, Wellness v stoicism

The comedy and acting star Aisling Bea grew up in County Kildare in Ireland and in 2011 became the first... more

19 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Lorraine Kelly, Paralympian Lauren Rowles, Chief Constable Sarah Crew

Lorraine Kelly CBE has been described as the queen of morning television. Now after a lifetime of wanting to, she... more

17 Feb 2024 · 56 minutes
Lorraine Kelly, Actor and boxer Kali Reis, Presenter Gemma Cairney

Lorraine Kelly CBE has been described as the queen of morning television. She joined TV-am as their Scottish correspondent in... more

16 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Rain Newton-Smith, Paralympian Lauren Rowles, Homelessness

In April last year, The Guardian exposed allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment at the Confederation of British Industry... more

15 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Surviving cancer five times, Government's independent rape advisor, Miners’ strike 40 years on, My Life with the Walter Boys

Violence and abuse against shop workers rose to 1,300 incidents a day last year, up by 50% in the year... more

14 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Joanne Froggatt and Dr Rachel Clarke, Minette Batters, NFU, Israel/Gaza war

A forthcoming three-part ITV drama Breathtaking, set in a fictionalised London hospital, tells the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic... more

13 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Bryony Gordon, Israel-Gaza war, Chief Constable Sarah Crew

Four years ago, Avon and Somerset Police offered Channel 4 unprecedented access to its Counter Corruption Unit, the people who... more

12 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman’s Hour: Rhianon Bragg, Businesswoman and entrepreneur Emma Grede, Amelia Earhart’s legacy

Rhianon Bragg was held hostage at gunpoint by her ex-boyfriend, Gareth Wyn Jones, for eight hours. He was sentenced in... more

10 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
TikTok sleuths, Widows, Politicising Taylor Swift, Surgery critics 'silenced'

Yesterday, Kate Garraway returned to Good Morning Britain following the loss of her husband, Derek. She spoke about her reaction... more

09 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Vapes, Phoebe Dynevor and Amelia Earhart's legacy

A BBC investigation has uncovered evidence that vapes are being used to groom children into sexual or criminal exploitation. Last... more

08 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Businesswoman and entrepreneur Emma Grede, Crystal Hefner, Social media algorithms and misogyny

Emma Grede, a native East Londoner, now a thriving businesswoman in the US, is known for her entrepreneurial prowess and... more

07 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Rhianon Bragg, Women of Substance, ultramarathon runner Allie Bailey

Rhianon Bragg was held hostage at gunpoint by her ex-boyfriend, Gareth Wyn Jones, for eight hours. He was sentenced in... more

06 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Ambika Mod, Forgiveness, Grandparent classes, Grammys

Ambika Mod stars as Emma in the new Netflix adaptation of David Nicholls’ much-loved novel One Day. She acts opposite... more

05 Feb 2024 · 56 minutes
Weekend Woman’s Hour: Candace Bushnell, Lisa St Aubin de Terán, Ideological Gender Gap

The creator of Sex and the City, Candace Bushnell, whose column in the New York Observer was the inspiration behind... more

03 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Candace Bushnell, No Queens in Europe, Early Years recruitment

Anita Rani speaks to Roopam Carroll, who recently sold her nursery business, and Ellen Broome, Head of Family and Childcare... more

02 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Kaye Adams, Chemical attack, Gender gap, Saint Brigid

Nine people have been injured after a man threw a 'corrosive substance' over a mother and her two girls in... more

01 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Arlene Foster, french women and high heels

Former Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster joins the programme to talk about a return to devolution... more

31 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Misogyny in the music industry, author Lisa St Aubin de Terán, cervical smears

A new report comes out today by the Women and Equalities Select Committee about the serious problems faced by women... more

30 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Fasting and women, Conscription, Cuteness exhibition

Following the speech last week by the head of the British Armed Forces calling for a new ‘citizen army’, we... more

29 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Long Covid, Professor Jo Phoenix tribunal victory, Paying children for chores

Hundreds of doctors - led by campaign group Long Covid Doctors for Action - are planning to sue the NHS... more

27 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Lauren Sequeira, Rape misconceptions, Singer Julia Bullock

False beliefs about what does and doesn’t constitute rape are more deeply ingrained in young people than we might think.... more

26 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Long Covid, Holocaust Memorial Day, Princess Superstar

Hundreds of doctors - led by campaign group Long Covid Doctors for Action - are planning to sue the NHS... more

25 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Claire Waxman, Victims' Bill, China birth rate, D-Mer Study, Academy Award nominations

The Victim’s and Prisoner’s Bill heads to the House of Lords today for the Committee Stage. What is it... more

24 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Professor Jo Phoenix tribunal victory, Actor Sarah Greene

In an exclusive interview, Emma Barnett speaks to the academic Professor Jo Phoenix who has won an unfair dismissal claim... more

23 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
DJ Paulette, Abortion, Vinted co-founder, Childcare

Award-winning DJ Paulette has been in the music industry for more than 30 years. She got her start at the... more

22 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Jodie Comer, Vicky McClure, Jameela Jamil

The Killing Eve star Jodie Comer joins us to discuss her latest film, The End We Start From. The protagonist... more

20 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Vicky McClure, Mean Girls, Women’s Health Strategy update

Vicky McClure is back on our screens as explosives expert Lana Washington in a new series of Trigger Point. Well known... more

19 Jan 2024 · 54 minutes
Jodie Comer, Olivia Attwood, Da'Vine Joy Randolph

The actor Jodie Comer became a household name playing the glorious baddie Villanelle in BBC drama Killing Eve, and she... more

18 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Jameela Jamil, Claudia Winkleman, Abortion buffer zones, Female Israel border soldiers

The actress Jameela Jamil talks to Emma Barnett about her crusade for gentle exercise and body positivity as well as... more

17 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Having more children after 40, Gladiators, Nikki Hayley profile

The first female Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale has died at the age of 83. She was a huge trailblazer... more

16 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Domestic abuse and brain injury, Calvin Klein advert, Exhaustion

Up to one in two survivors of domestic abuse in the UK may be living with an undiagnosed brain injury.... more

16 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman’s Hour - Cush Jumbo, Spice Girls Stamp, Assisted Dying

Cush Jumbo is the award-winning actor known for her roles on the stage and screen, from The Good Fight to... more

13 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Quarterlife crisis, Family Courts, Northern Soul

A pilot scheme to allow journalists to report cases from three family courts in England and Wales is to be... more

12 Jan 2024 · 55 minutes
Zara Aleena's aunt, Spice Girls stamps, surge in scabies

Farah Naz, the aunt of murdered law graduate Zara Aleena, tells of her concerns that her niece’s killer has allegedly... more

11 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Cosmetic surgery reviews, Speed dating, Bangladesh elections, Assisted dying & palliative care

Woman’s Hour investigates the cosmetic surgery clinic taking legal action when patients post unfavourable reviews. Kate Kronenbach tells reporter... more

10 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Midwife shortages, Dating at 81, Jackie Mag anniversary

The number of midwives in England has increased by just 7% over the last year and some NHS Trusts in... more

09 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Cush Jumbo, Church leader survivors, Exonerated sub-postmistress

Cush Jumbo is the award-winning actor known for her roles on the stage and screen, from The Good Fight to... more

08 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour - Women in the metaverse, Author Vanessa Chan, Women and negotiation

Police are investigating what is possibly the first crime of its kind: a British schoolgirl playing a game in the... more

06 Jan 2024 · 53 minutes
Women and music in 2023, Nicole Jacobs, Women in farming

Female artists dominated the 2023 music scene. New figures from the British Phonographic Institute reveal that Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift,... more

05 Jan 2024 · 55 minutes
Dame Joan Ruddock, Katherine Parkinson, Negotiating care with siblings, Author Vanessa Chan

Katherine Parkinson has graced our TV screens for almost two decades, from Doc Martin and The IT Crowd to Humans... more

04 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
Shakespeare's Women, Izzy Judd, Women in the metaverse

A new play - Shakespeare’s Women - transports ten of Shakespeare’s female characters from the 16th century to 2024, placing... more

03 Jan 2024 · 53 minutes
Lavinia Greenlaw, Lindsay Duncan, the Irish mother and baby homes scandal

The names of Jeffrey Epstein's associates are likely to be published today, after a judge in the US ordered the... more

02 Jan 2024 · 55 minutes
Women and Negotiations

A special Woman's Hour episode all about women and negotiation. Nicky Perfect is the former Deputy Head of the elite... more

01 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Dame Siân Phillips, Highflying care-leavers, 'Trouser-less' trend

Just 14% of care leavers go to university, compared to 47% of young people who didn’t grow up in care,... more

30 Dec 2023 · 55 minutes
Dame Siân Phillips, Abuse of vulnerable elderly, Clemency Burton-Hill

Actor Dame Siân Phillips’ life and career are explored in a new documentary, Siân Phillips at 90. She joins Krupa... more

29 Dec 2023 · 56 minutes
Highflying care-leavers, Freebirths, 'Trouser-less' trend

This summer, the region of Manipur in India made headlines after two women were viciously attacked and assaulted by a... more

28 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
UTI treatment, Being dumped by text, Lighthouse keeper

Up to half of women will have a UTI at some point in their life. Earlier this year the NHS... more

27 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Women who dig for the truth

A special Woman’s Hour episode all about women who dig for the truth.Marianne Asher-Chapman from Holts Summit, Missouri has been... more

26 Dec 2023 · 55 minutes
The Queen of the Brassicas - the Brussels sprout!

Our Christmas Day special programme is devoted to the Brussels sprout, with some incredible women for whom they’re playing a... more

25 Dec 2023 · 55 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour - Gracie Spinks’s parents, Gatekeeping your perfume, Child-free women at work

23-year-old Gracie Spinks was killed by a man who she had reported to the police for stalking her. The inquest... more

23 Dec 2023 · 53 minutes
A new drug for hot flushes and night sweats, Combatting loneliness at Christmas

A new drug called Veoza used to prevent hot flushes and night sweats has been approved in the UK. Also... more

22 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
Spiking, The pill, Family dynamics at Christmas

The Met Police have reported that cases of spiking - putting alcohol or drugs into another person's drink or body... more

21 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Mary Earps' SPOTY win, Women's Super League founder Kelly Simmons, Pregnancy sickness

England goalkeeper Mary Earps has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year. She was a big part of... more

20 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Kirsty Wark on leaving Newsnight, Sports Personality of the Year

Kirsty Wark joins Emma Barnett to talk about stepping down from Newsnight after 30 years; what she’s planning to fill... more

19 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Gracie Spinks' parents, Child-free women at work, Grandma Wong

23-year-old Gracie Spinks was killed by a man who she had reported to the police for stalking her. The inquest... more

18 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Imelda Staunton, Quitting parties, Mica Paris

Imelda Staunton has played Queen Elizabeth II for the last two series of television drama The Crown. As the final... more

16 Dec 2023 · 52 minutes
Kinship care, Shane MacGowan's widow Victoria Mary Clarke, 'Red White and Blue', Lora Logic

The government is today unveiling the first ever national Kinship Care strategy, aiming to bring more awareness and more money... more

15 Dec 2023 · 55 minutes
Mica Paris, Is Facebook dangerous for kids? Regretting your tattoos

The National Crime Agency has warned parents that Facebook and Instagram are now a danger to children. That’s after Meta,... more

14 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
Imelda Staunton on depicting Queen Elizabeth II

How could people step in safely if they see a woman being harassed in public? Former police officer Graham Goulden... more

13 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
The future of embryo research, Ofsted inspections, British Gymnastics' complaints procedure

Leading scientists are calling for a change in the law to help IVF patients donate unused embryos to biomedical research... more

12 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Cancer during pregnancy, Israel-Gaza, Wedding dresses

Israel has accused the United Nations of moving too slowly to respond to accounts that Hamas carried out widespread sexual... more

11 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Ruth Perry's sister, City Girl in Nature, Caring for a spouse, The politics of Christmas presents

An Ofsted inspection "contributed" to the death of head teacher Ruth Perry. That’s the conclusion of senior coroner Heidi Connor. This... more

09 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Ruth Perry's sister Julia Waters, America Ferrera, 'Stuffed'

An Ofsted inspection "contributed" to the death of headteacher Ruth Perry. That’s the conclusion of senior coroner Heidi Connor.... more

08 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Conductor Marin Alsop, actor Diana Quick and a campaign to protect domestic abuse victims

Marin Alsop is one of the most famous conductors in the world. Ten years ago, she became the first woman... more

07 Dec 2023 · 56 minutes
Julianne Moore, Dame Mary Berry, Prevalence of forced sterilisation

Academy Award-winning actor Julianne Moore plays Gracie Atherton-Yoo in Todd Haynes’ newest film, May December. The film tells the story... more

06 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Women's Football, Head of Ofcom, The politics of Christmas presents

There are big changes afoot for women’s football. Former England Lioness Karen Carney published a review into the women’s domestic... more

05 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Stella Creasy MP, Living with one breast, City Girl in Nature

A man has been convicted in court of harassing the Labour MP Stella Creasy. This harassment included reporting her to... more

04 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Emily Blunt, Stammering, Long-distance friendships, Maria Callas' legacy

Research by the charity Stamma shows that 8% of children will start stuttering at some point. Our listener Geri, a... more

02 Dec 2023 · 54 minutes
Director Adura Onashile, Grieving and Christmas Shopping, Maria Callas's Centenary

In Adura Onashile’s debut film, Girl, mother Grace and daughter Ama have recently arrived in Glasgow and have created a... more

01 Dec 2023 · 55 minutes
Emily Blunt, Pathologist-novelist, Baby formula, Short marriages

Actor Emily Blunt found fame as the scene-stealing assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, and has since starred in many... more

30 Nov 2023 · 56 minutes
British Gymnastics and safeguarding, Long-distance friendships, Myha’la, Hunters, Hockey kits

Last year's landmark Whyte Review into gymnastics detailed 'systemic issues' of physical and emotional abuse between 2008 and 2020. Today,... more

29 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Parenting a child with a stammer, EHRC Chair Baroness Falkner, Ukrainian chess player Kamila Hryshchenko

Research by the charity Stamma shows that 8% of children will start stuttering at some point. Our listener Geri, a... more

28 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Dame Harriet Walter, Runner Eilish McColgan, Post-mastectomy bras

Award-winning actor Dame Harriet Walter is back on stage at the National Theatre in Federico Lorca’s newly-adapted The House of... more

27 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Sharon Osbourne, Jodie Whittaker and Outgoing Chief Inspectorate of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman

For more than two decades, Sharon Osbourne has been a regular feature on our screens. She came to prominence while... more

25 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Sharon Osbourne, Shani Dhanda, Nurses and their mental health

For more than two decades, Sharon Osbourne has been a regular feature on our screens. She came to prominence while... more

24 Nov 2023 · 56 minutes
Jodie Whittaker, Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman

Actor Jodie Whittaker joins Woman’s Hour to talk about her role in a new Australian six part drama called One... more

23 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Deepfake pornography, Professor Yvonne Doyle – lessons from the pandemic, Pianist Chloe Flower

Another Body is an award-winning documentary which follows US engineering student, Taylor, in her search for answers and justice after... more

22 Nov 2023 · 55 minutes
Carry On women, Unexpected news at baby scans

Barbara Windsor, Hattie Jacques and Joan Sims were some of the iconic women who starred in the Carry On films... more

21 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Angela Rippon, Jamie Bernstein on Maestro, Scorchio! The history of The Weather Girl

After being the latest celebrity contestant to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom, Angela Rippon tells... more

20 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Dame Kelly Holmes, justice secretary Alex Chalk, history of eyeliner

Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes spoke publicly about her sexuality for the first time last year. Her new memoir, Unique,... more

18 Nov 2023 · 56 minutes
Life and work of photographer Tish Murtha, Sitcom Such Brave Girls, Finding your dress shape

Brave Girls is a new sitcom following a dysfunctional family made up of sisters Josie and Billie and their mum... more

17 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Dr Who actor Jemma Redgrave on the show's new 60th anniversary shows and the history of eyeliner

It’s Doctor Who’s 60th year and to celebrate, there will be three anniversary specials coming to your screens starting next... more

16 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Justice Secretary Alex Chalk on sentencing reforms

After a reshuffle that saw Suella Braverman leave her post as Home Secretary, and left the government with no women... more

15 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Dame Kelly Holmes, Cabinet reshuffle, Debenhams picketers

The four top jobs in Rishi Sunak’s new cabinet have all been filled with men. It’s the first time this... more

14 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Suella Braverman sacked as home secretary, Natalie Cassidy, Breast Cancer treatment

Following a weekend of speculation, the most senior woman in government Suella Braverman has been sacked from her role as... more

13 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Perinatal pelvic health, ‘Grey pound’ fashion, Jilly Cooper, Swearing, Hot flushes

The Government has announced £11 million in funding for the NHS in England to roll out a dedicated perinatal pelvic... more

11 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Swearing, Women in north east India, The 'grey pound' and fashion, A story of brutal crime, forgiveness and empathy

If you've been following the Covid inquiry, you may have noticed a lot of strong and swearing language. So why... more

10 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Nour Swirki in Gaza, Baroness Falkender's secrets, Divorce, Alzheimer's, Hot flushes

We have been bringing you women's voices from Israel and Gaza since the start of the war. Yesterday, you will... more

09 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Jilly Cooper, Rachel Goldberg – mother of hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin, Women & binge drinking, Perinatal pelvic health service.

Jilly Cooper began her career as a journalist, wrote columns on marriage, sex and housework for the Sunday Times, and... more

08 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Caster Semenya, King's Speech, Jude Rogers on Kirsty MacColl

Caster Semenya is one of the most decorated athletes of her generation but she is also one of the most... more

07 Nov 2023 · 55 minutes
MP rape allegations, Mothers' march, Melissa Caddick

An unidentified Conservative MP has been accused of rape by several women. These allegations are mentioned in a new... more

06 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Author Alex O'Brien on what playing poker can teach you, Maternity care & Sprinter Bianca Williams

This week, the Maternity Safety Alliance group has called for a full statutory public inquiry into maternity safety in England.... more

04 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
Cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Women & renting, Catherine Dalton cricketer, Women's peace petition, Maggie Murphy CEO, Lewes FC

There is huge pressure in the rental market and women are being hit hardest of all, according to The Financial... more

03 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
Covid Inquiry, Child-free friends, Afghans in Pakistan, Alison Larkin

Former deputy cabinet secretary Helen McNamara gave evidence at the Covid Inquiry yesterday, saying that she thought that the culture... more

02 Nov 2023 · 56 minutes
AI and child sexual abuse, Alex O’Brien, Molly Manning Walker

As the Artificial Intelligence Safety Summit starts at Bletchley Park today, we look at the growing issue of AI generated... more

01 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
Failures in maternity care, Spain's Princess Leonor turns 18, Women's Ballon d'Or

A group of families affected by failures in NHS maternity care are calling for a full statutory public inquiry into... more

31 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Bianca Williams, Sandra Hüller, Living with your parents too long

Bianca Williams and her partner, fellow athlete Ricardo dos Santos, were stopped outside their home in London in July 2020.... more

30 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Rescuing seal pups, Tell-all celebrity memoirs

Leigh-Anne Pinnock - a name you may know, as a member of one of the biggest girl bands in the... more

28 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Black British Book Festival, Gesbeen Mohammad

Leigh-Anne Pinnock has embarked on her own solo career, almost two years after her band, Little Mix, called a hiatus... more

27 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Tell-all celebrity memoirs, child poverty, and 'de-banking'

Britney Spears has been in the news again after spilling personal stories in a memoir. Are women being pressured to... more

26 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Israel-Gaza war, Monica Dolan, Kathryn Mannix

As the Israel-Gaza war continues, aid groups are calling for a ceasefire in Gaza as power shortages threaten the lives... more

25 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Ruth Birch and Julia Curry, Liza Mundy, Lyse Doucet and Tal Hochman, Cindy Thomas and Laura Barton

Liza Mundy is the bestselling author of Code Girls, a book about the American women who broke codes during the... more

24 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Ukrainian children in Russia, Fanny Mendelssohn, Men designing clothes for women

Ukraine claims it has identified 20,000 children who it alleges have been abducted by Russia since the start of the... more

23 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Coleen Rooney, IVF add-ons, Online safety, Talking on the phone, Singer Mica Millar

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has launched a ratings system to let patients see which IVF add-ons are... more

21 Oct 2023 · 54 minutes
Maternity services, Resigning as a bridesmaid, Mica Millar, Poet Safiya Sinclair

A new report out today from the CQC - the Care Quality Commission - says that almost two thirds of... more

20 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Saffron Coomber & Yero Timi Biu, Julia Fox, IVF add-ons

Dr Lisa Cameron was the SNP MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow from 2015 until a week ago when she... more

19 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Coleen Rooney, Shadow Chancellor, Rachel Reeves MP, Poet Becky Hemsley.

If the current polls are to be believed the next chancellor of the exchequer could be a woman. That woman... more

18 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Israel-Gaza war, Talking on the phone, Online safety, Baby stealers in Kenya

As the war in Israel and Gaza heads into its 10th day, Emma talks about the role of hostages in... more

17 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Madonna, Polish elections, Diana Parkes, Unconventional setups

The queen of pop returned to London's O2 this weekend for her Celebration Tour, performing more than 40 songs from... more

16 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Dawn French, Shirley Ballas, Violinist Esther Abrami, Pelvic Pain

Dawn French has been making people laugh as a writer, comedian and actor, for more than 30 years. Her celebrated... more

14 Oct 2023 · 53 minutes
Shirley Ballas, Bed Bugs, Everything Now writer Ripley Parker

Shirley Ballas is best known for being one of the judges on BBC Strictly Come Dancing and her stellar career... more

13 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Dawn French, Laura Linney, Israel-Gaza conflict, Unconventional living

Nearly 350,000 people have been displaced in Gaza, since Israel launched retaliatory air strikes and created a blockade of the... more

12 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Dr Katalin Kariko - Nobel Prize winner, latest on Israel Gaza, Pelvic pain and pain in sex, The International Day of the Girl.

We heard reports last night from Israel that a massacre had taken place at the weekend in Kibbutz Kfar Aza.... more

11 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Israel-Gaza conflict: Bereaved parents across the divide, musician Esther Abrami, Emily Hunt, Is the future of the Labour Party

After the Hamas attacks at the weekend and Israel’s order of a “complete siege” of the Gaza Strip in response,... more

10 Oct 2023 · 54 minutes
Israel-Gaza conflict, Endometriosis test, Sam Brown - Savile survivor

Images of children, mothers and grandmothers are flooding media and social media two days after a coordinated attack by Hamas... more

09 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Gunner Jaysley Beck’s mother, Organist Anna Lapwood, Menopause tribunal, Mary McAleese, Grace Dent

Female teenage soldier Jaysley Beck is believed to have taken her own life after a period of relentless sexual harassment... more

07 Oct 2023 · 54 minutes
Food writer Grace Dent, Artist Shirin Neshat, History of enslaved women, Actor Mei Mac

We hear from food writer Grace Dent about her new book, Comfort Eating, inspired by her podcast of the same... more

06 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Gunner Jaysley Beck's mother, Wild Hope, Earth Mama, Dangerous dogs

An Army investigation has found that 19-year-old soldier Jaysley Beck is believed to have taken her own life after a... more

05 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Mary McAleese, Isabel Hardman, Kitty Donaldson, Emma Reed Turrell, Viv Groskop, Dr Bernadette Jenner

Starting today a Catholic synod will take place throughout October in the Vatican to discuss the direction of the Church.... more

04 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Doctors' strike, Organist Anna Lapwood, Máiría Cahill, Suffragette medal

It's day two of the 72-hour joint strike by junior doctors and consultants in the NHS. Dr Helen Neary, deputy... more

03 Oct 2023 · 55 minutes
Performance artist Marina Abramovic, Universities and sexual misconduct, Nicole Scherzinger, Finances and friendship

The world renowned Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic talks to Emma Barnett about a major exhibition of her work across... more

02 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Russian journalist-in-exile Elena Kostyuchenco, Karen Farquharson, Teleri Glyn Jones, Nerys Evans, Innes Fitzgerald

After the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on 24 February 2022, Elena Kostyuchenco, one of Russia’s most fearless independent journalists,... more

02 Oct 2023 · 57 minutes
Nicole Scherzinger, Finances of friendship, Asha Puthli

The American performer Nicole Scherzinger came to our attention as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. She has since... more

29 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
Marina Abramovic, GB News, Dehenna Davison MP, Taylor Swift Symposium

Marina Abramović, the world renowned Serbian performance artist, refers to herself as the “godmother of performance art”. Her pioneering work... more

28 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Dame Joan Collins, Universities and sexual misconduct, Dr Ophira Ginsburg - a feminist approach to cancer

Dame Joan Collins has dominated the stage and screen for over seven decades, starting her career at just 17. Best... more

27 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Sexism in football, Mum rage, China's MeToo

The managing director of AFC Wimbledon has resigned after being secretly recorded making sexist and abusive comments about a female... more

26 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Tina Sinatra, Meg Winterburn and Willow Grylls on a new TV drama about the serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, Dame Christine Lenehan

Claiming to tell unknown stories about the iconic singer, alongside songs some of his much-loved songs, this world premiere musical... more

25 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Russell Brand accuser 'Alice' broadcast exclusive, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie & Doon Mackichan

Emma Barnett hears from one of the women alleging she was assaulted by Russell Brand. Speaking for the first time... more

23 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
'Sharenting', Blood Scandal, Mary Shelley, British Gymnastics

Have you heard of the term 'sharenting'? That’s when a parent, caregiver or relative shares content about their child’s life,... more

22 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Iran hijab bill, BMX champion, CIISA, Doon Mackichan, Maternity in Sierra Leone

Iran’s parliament has approved the Hijab and Chastity Bill, under which women will face up to 10 years in prison... more

21 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Climate Change Policy, Girlhood, Feminisation of the workplace

The BBC has revealed that the Prime Minister is considering a major shift on key climate action policies. These changes... more

20 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
Russell Brand allegations & a 'staggered age of consent' with Baroness Helena Kennedy & Gudrun Young KC, Dr Susan Gilby

Yesterday on Woman's Hour, one of Russell Brand's alleged victims, 'Alice', called for a conversation around changing the age of... more

19 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Russell Brand accuser 'Alice' broadcast exclusive, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Emma Barnett hears from one of the women alleging she was assaulted by Russell Brand. Speaking for the first time... more

18 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Nadiya Hussain, Women's reproductive survey, The Knock, AI and IVF, Arlo Parks

Since winning the Great British Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya Hussain has published seven cookery books, presented numerous TV shows... more

16 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini, Comedian and author London Hughes, Dr Elise Inglis memorial, The Knock discussion

It’s been one year since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini sparked protests and outrage across the world. Anita Rani... more

15 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Nadiya Hussain, Morocco earthquake, Equal pay, Wilderness

Last week, Birmingham City Council effectively declared bankruptcy, issuing a section 114 notice, after it admitted an equal pay liability... more

14 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
The Killing Kind author Jane Casey, AI in IVF treatment, The Knock - Evie's story

Crime author Jane Casey joins Nuala McGovern to talk about a new six part TV adaptation of her best selling... more

13 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Dr Shazia Malik, Charlotte Regan, Female surgeons, Poison pen letters, The Knock special series

They say current disparities in women’s health across England mean there are far too many cases where women’s voices are... more

12 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Millie Bobby Brown, Arlo Parks, Martha's Rule

Millie Bobby Brown is a 19-year-old actress best known for her award-nominated performance as Eleven in Stranger Things, and for... more

11 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Economic Abuse, Should there be a Minister for Men? Rebuilding my life: Martine Wright

Economic abuse was officially recognised under the Domestic Abuse Act in 2021, yet a new study from the charity Surviving... more

09 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
Economic Abuse, Michal Oshman, Roisin Gallagher, Barbershop Quartet, Mum shaming

Economic abuse was officially recognised under the Domestic Abuse Act in 2021, yet a new study from the charity Surviving... more

08 Sep 2023 · 43 minutes
Primodos debate, Rebuilding my life: Wiz Wharton, Cricket umpire pay

Today MPs from all parties are holding a debate on a controversial pregnancy testing drug used widely in the 1960s... more

07 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Listener phone in - should there be a Minister for Men? Could the role ultimately help women?

On yesterday's programme, the Conservative MP for Don Valley, Nick Fletcher, championed the idea of a Minister for Men. He... more

06 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Nick Fletcher MP, Rebuilding my life: Martine Wright, Food writer Bee Wilson, Filmmaker Celine Song

Ukraine's First Lady, Olena Zelenska, has given a very personal interview to the BBC 18 months after the Russian invasion... more

05 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Radioactive chapatis, Hostage negotiation, Non-birth mothers, Japanese women in politics

In 1969, migration to the UK was increasing with Britain becoming home for thousands of foreign settlers. In Coventry, 21... more

04 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
DIY fertility tests, Sudan conflict, Rebuilding my life

A BBC investigation has found that at least five women have died after family courts allowed fathers accused of abuse... more

04 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
Hostage negotiator Nicky Perfect, Sarah Beeny, Chelsea Women Manager Emma Hayes, Mothers with bipolar, Bad lists

Nicky Perfect has spent most of her life in highly fraught and dangerous situations, working as a hostage negotiator. Now... more

02 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
Emma Hayes, manager of Chelsea FC Women, Karis Anderson on Tina Turner, Rose Matafeo and Emma Sidi on Starstruck

Emma Hayes has been manager of Chelsea Women football team for more than a decade, a reign made remarkable by... more

31 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Scottish rape survivors, Writer Natasha Walter, New research on the Y chromosome and male infertility

A group of women who were raped by the same man are now coming together to campaign for better... more

30 Aug 2023 · 41 minutes
Sarah Beeny, Rebekah Staton, Spanish football kiss update, Deborah Bonello on Narcas

The TV presenter Sarah Beeny has spent much of her life in the unpredictable world of property renovation. You'll find... more

29 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Lists: How and why we make them, The psychology behind list-making, Lists in the public domain, Music and lists

To discuss the how and why of lists, Nuala is joined by Joanna Nolan, author of the book, Listful, and... more

28 Aug 2023 · 56 minutes
Listener Week: Psychedelics, Strongwomen, Kleptomania, Living funerals, Being a refugee, Women in heavy metal

A Listener Week Weekend Woman’s Hour Special, where you – our listeners – decide what you want to hear on... more

26 Aug 2023 · 56 minutes
Listener Week: Generative AI, Female thatchers, Big noses, Communal living

For Listener Week, you, our listeners, decide what we cover on the programme.Listener Liane has tasked the programme with a... more

25 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Listener Week: Psychedelics, Peripheral friendship, Posthumous conception, Beach Guardian

For Listener Week, you, our listeners, decide what we cover on the programme.Listener Rachel asked Woman's Hour to explore the... more

24 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Listener Week: Is it ever good to give up on dreams? Working class women & university, Living funerals

For Woman's Hour's Listener Week, you, our listeners, decide what we cover on the programme.Nuala McGovern is joined by Monica... more

23 Aug 2023 · 56 minutes
Listener Week: Ukrainian women soldiers, Long lost families, Strong women, Refugees, Eating Alone

For listener week, you, our listeners, decide what we cover on the programme.Listener Liz got in touch to say she... more

22 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Listener Week: Women's World Cup final, Shoplifting, Heavy metal

For listener week you, our listeners, decide what we cover on the programme. It might not have been World Cup... more

21 Aug 2023 · 56 minutes
Women's World Cup final, Surviving a WWII Japanese prison camp, Care leavers, 'Older-age orphans', Nasa astronaut Christina Koch

Former Lioness and England's top female goal scorer, Ellen White, on England reaching the Fifa Women's World Cup final. VJ... more

19 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Ellen White, How to ask for a pay rise, astronaut Christina Koch, Morning-after pill

Sunday sees the Women's World Cup final between England and Spain and to mark it we are joined by England's... more

18 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Lionesses' legacy, Sarah Greene, Care leavers, Abortion

England are through to the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in history. But while... more

17 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Martine McCutcheon, anxiety & the perimenopause, Who is Fani Willis? Period huts in Nepal

Martine McCutcheon describes her rising anxiety levels to do with the perimenopause. Who is Fani Willis? On Monday 14 August... more

16 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Youngest Afghan mayor, Romanticising your life, surviving WWII Japanese prison camp, Big tech & sexuality

Today marks two years since the re-taking of Afghanistan by the Taliban. We speak to Afghanistan's youngest female mayor, Zarifa... more

15 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Women's football World Cup, 'Older-age orphans', Channel swimming with a stoma, Caroline Moran, Women's feet

The Lionesses are through to the Women's World Cup semi-final on Wednesday against co-hosts Australia. Reaching semi-finals of major tournaments... more

14 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Megan Thee Stallion, Students Living at Home, Sarah de Lagarde, Dr Nadia Nadim

The rapper Tory Lanez has been sentenced to 10 years for the shooting of fellow musician Megan Thee Stallion. She... more

12 Aug 2023 · 56 minutes
Andi and Miquita Oliver, Jacqueline Springer, Emma Rawicz, Afghanistan's most successful female footballer - Dr Nadia Nadim

Mother and daughter duo, Andi and Miquita Oliver, have started a new podcast, Stirring it Up, where they ask guests... more

11 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Barbie in China, The Hundred: women's cricket, Women & student loans, Why university students are staying at home

New research by the Sutton Trust reveals that more than a third of A-level students in England are considering living... more

10 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Megan Thee Stallion, Fertility Anxiety, Colombian striker Linda Caicedo

The rapper Tory Lanez has been sentenced to 10 years for the shooting of fellow musician Megan Thee Stallion. She... more

09 Aug 2023 · 56 minutes
The case against Bill Cosby, Live music from Chloe Matharu, The world of incels, Texas abortion law

A judge in Texas has ruled that women who experience pregnancy complications are temporarily exempt from the state's abortion bans.... more

08 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Sarah De Lagarde's bionic arm, Women's World Cup update, Kim Sherwood on writing Bond

A few months ago, Sarah de Lagarde came on Woman's Hour to share her incredible story of survival. She had... more

07 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Loneliness & health, Concepts of Renaissance beauty & Rock Follies musical

All this week on Woman’s Hour we’ve been discussing the topic of loneliness as women and young people are statistically... more

05 Aug 2023 · 55 minutes
Netball World Cup, Comedian Georgie Grier, Can design heal loneliness?

Actor and writer Georgie Grier has shared a post on social media after her opening show at the Edinburgh Fringe... more

04 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Loneliness, Lucy Calcines, Nicole Travolta, Kids at risk

All this week on the programme we are looking at the topic of loneliness. Women are statistically more likely to... more

03 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Accusations against Lizzo, Power Lister Jodie Ounsley, Concepts of renaissance beauty, Loneliness, Rock Follies musical

The singer Lizzo, and her production company, are being sued by three former dancers. They have been accused of sexual... more

02 Aug 2023 · 55 minutes
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, Air pollution and pregnancy, BookTok, Loneliness and health

Frances Haugen is the former Facebook employee turned whistleblower who extracted more than 22,000 pages of documents from the company... more

01 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Author Jane Fallon, Two mothers talk about daughters' deaths, Netball World Cup, Young women and loneliness, Nouhaila Benzina

In 2018, two new mothers died weeks apart after giving birth in two Kent hospitals from a herpes infection. Kimberley... more

31 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Men and stopping sexist behaviour, Grenfell play, Date Stacking

What role should men play in stopping sexist behaviour? Several campaigns have aimed to tackle this, the most recent being... more

29 Jul 2023 · 43 minutes
Women's Football World Cup, Black Beauty, Women in the city, Italian Lifeguard

In their second game of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, England’s Lionesses face Denmark. Woman’s Hour will be following... more

28 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Sinead O'Connor tribute, Singapore is scheduled to execute a woman, Scottish women artists, Date stacking, Femorabilia.

The Irish musician and activist Sinéad O Connor has died, aged 56. She was best known for her single... more

27 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Men and stopping sexist behaviour, Beauty Salons close in Afghanistan, Chief Midwife

What role should men play in stopping sexist behaviour? Several campaigns have aimed to tackle this, the most recent being... more

26 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Narcissistic mothers, Grenfell play, Orca whale mothers & their sons

Over the last few months we have been hearing the stories of women who believe that they were raised by... more

25 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Post botulinum toxin experiences, Photographing all your objects, FGM

There has been a significant increase in the number of non-surgical aesthetic procedures over the past decade. And now the... more

24 Jul 2023 · 50 minutes
Mina Smallman, Flexible working laws, Dr Gladys McGarey, Barbie set design and The Wizard of Oz

The law on flexible working changed this week. New rules should make it easier for employees to argue for a... more

22 Jul 2023 · 53 minutes
Barbie, Spain's election, Rallycross driver Catie Munnings, Author and comedian Andi Osho

As the film Barbie opens in cinemas today, Set Decorator Katie Spencer and Production Designer Sarah Greenwood discuss how they... more

21 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Roisin Murphy, World Cup 2023, US abortion, Flexible working

The law on flexible working changes today. This should make it easier for employees to argue for a flexible working... more

20 Jul 2023 · 52 minutes
Police Accountability, Wizard of Oz, Phubbing, World Cup song

The mother whose daughters were murdered, and their photographs then shared on a police WhatsApp group gives a keynote speech... more

19 Jul 2023 · 54 minutes
Zoe Saldaña, Yomi Adegoke, Guardianship, Lunar module engineer

Zoe Saldaña has appeared in the top three grossing movies of all time – Avatar, Avatar: Way of Water and... more

18 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Hope Powell, Dr Gladys McGarey, Deirdre O'Kane, suicide and young women

Nuala McGovern is joined by one woman who has had a huge impact on the women's game over many years... more

17 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Welfare Support at Sandhurst, Women Plumbers, Flying with Children

In her only broadcast interview, Louise Townsend, the mother of Olivia Perks who took her own life in 2019 whilst... more

15 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
Having a sick sibling, Boxing pioneers, Abortion in Iran, Where do you keep your awards?

Gracie Nuttall, sister of Laura Nuttall who died aged 23 in May of a glioblastoma, and Megan Fryer-Kelsey, whose brother... more

14 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Crime, Robotics, Narcissism, Flamenco

Almost half of women in England and Wales don’t trust the police enough to report a crime. That’s according to... more

13 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Welfare support at Sandhurst, Women's Ashes, Rape trials in Scotland

In her first broadcast interview, Louise Townsend, the mother of Olivia Perks who took her own life in 2019 whilst... more

12 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Flying with children, Comedian Rosie Jones, wedding party wax seals, Theo Clarke MP birth trauma, Anorexia Nervosa treatment

The inclusion of a particular word in the title of the documentary has caused controversy. For many, it is an... more

11 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
The effect of being a victim in high profile cases, Ruchira Gupta, Women Plumbers Women & premature deaths, Story of Ana Obregón

We look at the effect of being a victim in high-profile cases, after the BBC suspends a presenter accused of... more

10 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman’s Hour: Caitlin Moran, Trichotillomania, Prison Officers, TikTok Nans, Olivia Dean

Caitlin Moran’s multi-award-winning bestseller How to Be a Woman has been published in 28 countries. Now she has turned her... more

08 Jul 2023 · 53 minutes
Should convictions for trafficking victims be overturned?, Author Gabrielle Zevin, and Nan's on Tik Tok

A woman from Manchester is battling to have a criminal conviction overturned because she was a victim of modern slavery... more

07 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Caitlin Moran, Ellie Simmonds, Esperanza Spalding, Brandi Morin

Anita is joined by the five time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds to discuss her new documentary where she sets... more

06 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
Trichotillomania, Singer-songwriter Olivia Dean, Sexual harassment in schools

Trichotillomania is often referred to as “hair-pulling disorder”. There is little research in this area, but statistics suggest 1.1m... more

05 Jul 2023 · 53 minutes
Probation and domestic abuse, Gravestone recipes, Black and menopausal

Chief Inspector of Probation Justin Russell joins Nuala McGovern in an exclusive interview for the BBC. He'll be discussing a... more

04 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Christina Lamb on Victoria Amelina, Alex South, Actor Beth Alsbury, Debbie and Helen Singer, Female photographers

The award-winning Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina has died from her injuries after a Russian missile hit a pizza restaurant in... more

03 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Olivia Colman, Rosamund Pike, Managing your Energy Levels

The Oscar-winning actor Olivia Colman is the patron of the arts charity Tender, having previously played a survivor of domestic... more

01 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
Olivia Colman, Undercover policing inquiry, Afua Hirsch, Lottie Jackson

Actress Olivia Colman is the patron of the arts charity Tender, having previously played a survivor of domestic violence in... more

30 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Wrestling, Margaret McDonagh remembered, Little Black Dress, Sue Barker, HRT

A new study has suggested that women who take hormone replacement therapy to relieve their menopause symptoms may increase their... more

29 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Actor Rosamund Pike, childbirth and incontinence, Sharron Davies and her new book, Isabel Hardman on Daisy Goodwin

On Monday, the TV journalist Daisy Goodwin accused the Tory mayoral candidate Daniel Korski of groping her breast during a... more

28 Jun 2023 · 58 minutes
Archie Panjabi, Cricket, Energy management, The untold story of parliament’s working women

The actress Archie Panjabi made her film debut in East is East and then went on to play Pinky in... more

27 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Nova Twins, W series demise, Wealth management, Burning Sun, Author Caroline O’Donoghue

The all-female motor racing championship, the W Series, has goneinto administration. The series was founded in 2019 in response to... more

26 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Windrush Women, Tracey Emin, Irene Tracey, Bridget Christie, Working Women in India, Glastonbury

On Thursday, the UK celebrated the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush which made the 5,000 mile... more

24 Jun 2023 · 52 minutes
Woman's Hour Live from Glastonbury!

For Woman's Hour's first ever live broadcast from Worthy Farm Anita is joined by BBC 6 Music's Jamz Supernova. Jamz... more

23 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
Tracey Emin, Divas, Skateboarders, Know Your Place, France drug rape

As visitors walk through the doors of the newly reopened National Portrait Gallery in London, they will see 45 hand-drawn... more

22 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
'Victoria's' story, Child height, Medical tactile examiners in India, Professor Irene Tracey - University of Oxford

Nuala speaks to a woman who discovered by chance that her fiancé was secretly filming her naked in the home... more

21 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Life for women in India, latest on the Windrush scandal, women and napping and access to therapy records in rape investigatios

Nuala McGovern talks to Rosa Abraham & Rituparna Chakraborty about the fact that nearly half of the population in India... more

20 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Bridget Christie, Windrush Women, Helen and Rob in the Archers

Comedian Bridget Christie’s stand-up has been credited with putting the funny in feminism. You might know her from Taskmaster... more

19 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Cate Blanchett on Glenda Jackson, Susanna Hoffs, Yasmeen Lari, Power Lister Jo Tongue, Eco-grief, Lisa Squire

Thousands of people gathered together on Thursday night to attend a vigil for those killed in the Nottingham attacks. The... more

17 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
Actor Cate Blanchett on Glenda Jackson, Girlguiding, Decluttering your love life, Aasmah Mir on her childhood memoir

The actor Cate Blanchett celebrates the work and life of Glenda Jackson, who died this week. The mothers of Grace... more

16 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Synthetic embryos, Suzie Fletcher, Eco-anxiety, Lynzy Billing

Scientists have created synthetic human embryos using stem cells that sidestep the need for eggs or sperm. The news was... more

15 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Jo Tongue, Universal Basic Income, Sian Norris, Childhood Obesity

NHS England is going to open 10 new clinics this year to deal with childhood obesity. The clinics will provide... more

14 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Abortion laws, Anorexia and bone health, Profile of Greta Thunberg, Susanna Hoffs

Is current abortion legislation fit for purpose? It's a question debated this morning following the conviction and sentencing of Carla... more

13 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
Yasmeen Lari, Pakistan's first female architect, Relationships under pressure

The Scout Association is not doing enough to protect and safeguard children from child abuse, that’s according to two young... more

12 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman’s Hour: Ukraine Kakhovka Dam, Candi Staton & Christina Rossetti the Carer

Facebook has removed an advert for a sanitary towel product because it referenced the words Vagina, Vulva and Clitoris. It's... more

10 Jun 2023 · 54 minutes
Sue Barker, Period advert bans, Selling sexual assault in East Asia, Jenny Jungle

This Wimbledon will be the first in 30 years without the familiar presence of Sue Barker. Last year she stepped... more

09 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Louise Redknapp, Insomnia, Lindsey Burrow, Ukraine dam

The rescue efforts are continuing in Ukraine after Tuesday's breach of the Kakhovka dam. 30 communities along the Dnipro river... more

08 Jun 2023 · 55 minutes
Polly Toynbee on her new book An Uneasy Inheritance: My Family and Other Radicals

As a self confessed “silver spooner” who enjoyed a privileged upbringing Polly Toynbee talks to Nuala McGovern about her... more

07 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Candi Staton, Narcissistic mother 'Bethany', Author Emma Cline, Smart phones in school, Nurses

Four-time Grammy award nominated singer Candi Staton has moved between several musical genres during of the course of her celebrated... more

06 Jun 2023 · 54 minutes
Women in Ukraine, Baroness Sue Campbell, Abortion law in Texas, Drastic hair

The Sunday Times' Christina Lamb on the women involved in the war effort in Ukraine.We look at the trend of... more

05 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Witness Protection, Gender Pension Gap, Big Boobs and Dr Edna Adan Ismali

A woman who was stalked by her husband and then placed into witness protection with a new identity to escape... more

03 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
Edna Adan Ismail, winner of Templeton Prize, Online games, Vasectomy increase in US, Iranian female journos on trial

Two female journalists in Iran are on trial for covering the death of 22 year old Mahsa Amini, the Kurdish-Iranian... more

02 Jun 2023 · 58 minutes
Witness protection, Anti-LGBT law in Uganda, Author Harriet Gibsone, Women's World Cup squad

A woman who was stalked by her husband and then placed into witness protection with a new identity to escape... more

01 Jun 2023 · 58 minutes
Gender pension gap, Trampolining, A Paedophile in the Family

When Rebecca Perry was growing up, she competed nationally and internationally as a trampolinist.  She went on to become a... more

31 May 2023 · 58 minutes
Childcare debt, Big boobs, Succession

As figures show more than a third of parents are using debt to pay for childcare, Nuala will be meeting... more

30 May 2023 · 58 minutes
Why we lie, The Traitors star Amanda Lovett, Lies told by families, Lying to your partner

Why do we lie? And what is happening in our brain when we do it? Nuala asks psychologist Dr Sharon... more

29 May 2023 · 58 minutes
Weekend Woman's Hour: Period Inequality, Dr Katriona O’Sullivan, Electropop duo Let’s Eat Grandma

A recent survey of a thousand teenage girls has found that nearly half of them have struggled to access products... more

27 May 2023 · 52 minutes
The Turkish elections and female voters

In the last two years Turkey has withdrawn from the Istanbul Convention which "creates a comprehensive legal framework... more

26 May 2023 · 56 minutes
Tina Turner legend, Let's Eat Grandma, Whips, Sudan's women, Helen Hardy

Tributes are being paid to the Queen of Rock n Roll, Tina Turner, who has died aged 83 after a... more

25 May 2023 · 53 minutes
Independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse, writer Katriona O'Sullivan, electric cars, fertility laws in France

After more than seven years taking evidence, six months ago the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse published their final... more

24 May 2023 · 57 minutes
Adoption, Protesting Indian Wrestlers, Naoise Dolan

According to a new report from Adoption UK nearly half of families with adopted children aged 13 to 25 say... more

23 May 2023 · 57 minutes
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Why we lie, The Traitors star Amanda Lovett, Lies told by families, Lying to your partner
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Why do we lie? And what is happening in our brain when we do it? Nuala asks psychologist Dr Sharon Leal, Senior... more