Elizabeth Siddal and Pre-Raphaelite women, SNP Conference 2019, Faecal incontinence after childbirth
Picture: Ophelia by John Everett Millais, 1865-66. Private Collection
The Scottish National Party brings the autumn political conference season to a close this week. The leader of the SNP has made her party’s position clear – she wants the Conservative government out, a Brexit extension secured and a General Election as soon as possible. Last week the First Minister told the Scottish Parliament: "We need to get powers out of the hands of Boris Johnson and his ilk and into the hands of this Parliament so that we don't have to put up with Tory welfare cuts anymore because we can take the right decisions here in the first place to lift people out of poverty." Jane is joined by Shirley Anne Somerville, MSP for Dunfermline and West Fife and Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People to discuss the SNP’s offer to women voters on Brexit, Scottish Independence and other pressing policy issues ahead of a much anticipated General Election.
The “Pre-Raphaelite Sisters” exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery this week to show just how engaged and central women were to the production of the art. Over the next few days Woman's Hour features some of these overlooked models, artists, makers, partners and poets. Dr. Jan Marsh curated the exhibition and wrote The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood in 1985 and Dr. Alison Smith curated Tate's major Burne-Jones exhibition last year. Today Elizabeth Siddal.
Faecal Incontinence: "It’s like a dirty secret,” one listener told us. Why is faecal incontinence after childbirth so hard to talk about, even to your GP? While conversations around many of the effects of childbirth – from postnatal depression to pelvic floor problems – have become more common in recent years, bowel problems, less so.
It’s thought that sphincter injuries can affect 1 in 10 mothers who’ve had vaginal births - with a higher risk to those having their first baby. So why don’t we talk about it more? Jane speaks to two Woman's Hour listeners living with faecal incontinence and to Dr Sara Webb, Research Midwife at the Institute of Applied Health Research, Birmingham University.
Sarah Phelps, award-winning British screenwriter, joins Jane to talk about her latest TV crime thriller Dublin Murders which starts tonight on BBC1. It's drawn from Tana French’s internationally bestselling Dublin Murder Squad books and stars Killian Scott and Sarah Greene as the two ambitious detectives investigating two murders in Ireland around the turn of the millennium.
Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Caroline Donne
Interviewed guest: Shirley Anne Somerville MSP
Interviewed guest: Jan Marsh
Interviewed guest: Alison Smith
Interviewed guest: Dr. Sara Webb
Interviewed guest: Sarah Phelps
Sonita Alleyne, Play, Beth Hart
Chanel Miller, who was sexually assaulted while she lay unconscious on the grounds of Stanford University campus, talks about reclaiming her identity.
Annalie Riches who's the Winner of the RIBA Sterling Prize for Architecture 2019, tells us about the eco-friendly council estate in Norwich she co-designed. She discusses women’s role in architecture with Zoe Berman, an architect and founder of Part W, which campaigns for more women in architecture.
Michael Rosen who's written a new book called Book of Plays tells us why children and adults need to play more.
Sonita Alleyne OBE is the first ever black leader of an Oxbridge College and the first woman to lead Jesus College Cambridge. She tells us about her new role.
Dr Anne-Lise Goddings, a clinical lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, and Edwina Dunn, a data entrepreneur, tell us why they believe social media can be a force for good and can improve teenager’s mental health.
The Grammy Award-nominated Blues singer Beth Hart performs a song inspired by her sister.
Presenter:: Jenni Murray
Producer: Rabeka Nurmahomed
Editor: Siobhann Tighe
The Freedom Project: understanding domestic abuse in relationships
16 years ago a woman in her twenties, who was a translator at GCHQ, leaked an official and confidential email. It instructed Katharine Gun and her colleagues to share any information they might come across concerning a clutch of nations belonging to the UN Security Council. The information could then be used to persuade them to vote for the invasion of Iraq. Her email became an Observer article and she lost her job, nearly lost her marriage and was in fear of going to prison. Now her story is told in a new film ‘Official Secrets’. She joins Jenni to remember that time in 2003 and explain what happened next.
How much are we squeezing play out of our children’s days, our institutions and spaces? Michael Rosen, author of ‘Book of Play’ joins Jenni to talk about why play matters to both children and adults – and to share tips on how we can get more of it in our lives.
When Sally Challen was recently interviewed on Woman’s Hour she talked about the Freedom Programme she attended, once she was in prison. She described how it helped her understand the coercive control and domestic abuse she had suffered for years from her husband Richard. We speak to Clare Walker, a group facilitator and a trainer for the programme, Pat Craven who founded it and Louise, a listener, who wrote in to say how attending for the last year had changed her life.
We speak to Grammy-award nominated blues singer Beth Hart about finally feeling able to be herself with her new album, War In My Mind.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest: Katharine Gun
Interviewed Guest: Michael Rosen
Interviewed Guest: Pat Craven
Interviewed Guest: Clare Walker
Interviewed Guest: Beth Hart
Parenting: Teens and social media
We’re used to hearing about the negative impact that using social media can have on girls – it can cause sleeplessness, low mood, depression and anxiety. Edwina Dunn, a data entrepreneur and founder of the educational charity The Female Lead, thinks differently. She believes that used in the right way, social media can be a force for good and can improve teenagers’ mental health. She joins Jenni to explain her theory and the research she commissioned from Cambridge University, along with Dr Anne-Lise Goddings, Clinical Lecturer at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
Chanel Miller, Fushsia Dunlop, Disrupt the feed
We hear from the woman known, until recently, as Emily Doe. Chanel Miller was sexually assaulted while she was unconscious on the ground on Stanford University campus in the USA. Her Victim Impact statement which she addressed to her attacker Brock Turner was published on Buzzfeed and was viewed online by eleven million people within four days. In her memoir is titled Know My Name - she explains why.
Following the death of a new born baby in a cell at Bronzefield prison in Surrey, we talk to Deborah Coles, the director of Inquest about what the overarching investigation will need to do, to help prevent further tragedies in women's prisons.
Edwina Dunn, a data entrepreneur and founder of the educational charity The Female Lead, believes that social media can be used to improve teenagers’ mental health. She explains how - and we hear from Dr Anne-Lise Goddings, Clinical Lecturer at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
And, Fuchsia Dunlop explores the flavours of Sichuanese cuisine - known for its liberal use of chillies and Sichuan pepper.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts