Weekend Woman's Hour: Malala Yousafzai; Feminism in 2013; Life after divorce; Elizabeth Jane Howard; Chloe Howl

Malala Yousafzai has become a global symbol of peaceful protest in her campaign for girls' education. But she is also a teenager, a 16 year old girl who likes music and is teased by her brothers. She joins Jane to talk about the girl behind the headlines. Women have made their mark in 2013. Laura Bates, Caroline Criado-Perez and Reni Eddo-Lodge discuss the issues that unite and divide feminists, and their hopes for the year ahead. This week's drama, Hester, is based on the novel by Mrs Oliphant. Kate Clanchy and Zena Forster discuss her work.

The poet Kate Tempest performs the Teen's Speech. How to be happy after divorce: extracts from our phone-in programme with some of your experiences. We remember Elizabeth Jane Howard, acclaimed author of The Cazalet Chronicles, who died on 2 January. And there's music from Chloe Howl, the 18-year old pop star and BBC Sound Of 2014 nominee.

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Malala Yousafzai

In her campaign for girls’ education, Malala Yousafzai has become a global symbol of peaceful protest, and was the youngest nominee for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Last year she survived being shot in the head by the Taliban in her home country, Pakistan. She was flown to hospital in Birmingham for successful treatment. But she is also a teenager, a 16 year old girl who likes music and is teased by her brothers. Malala joined Jane to talk about the girl behind the headlines.

Feminism in 2013

From the campaign to get Jane Austen on our bank notes to getting girls off Page 3, feminism has taken centre stage in 2013. So what issues unite and divide feminists? What challenges does the movement face? And what are the hopes for the year ahead? Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Caroline Criado-Perez ran the successful campaign to Keep Women on Banknotes and Reni Eddo-Lodge is a writer and prominent voice in the discussions calling for a wider representation in feminism.


This week’s fifteen minute drama on Radio 4 is Hester, based on the novel by Mrs Oliphant.  Margaret Oliphant, better known as Mrs Oliphant,  published nearly one hundred novels and her portrayals of provincial life have been compared to George Eliot and Anthony Trollope. But over the years Mrs Oliphant has been neglected. This new dramatisation by writers Kate Clanchy and Zena Forster brings to life the remarkable women portrayed in her novel  Hester, first published in 1883. Jenni talked to the two dramatists about Mrs Oliphant’s life and works and the process of distilling a 200,000 word novel into a 12,000 word play. 

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest is an English poet and spoken word artist who started out when she was 16 years old. She has written poetry for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Barnardo's and the BBC. Working with Amnesty International, Kate created a schools pack helping secondary school children write their own protest songs, and was invited to write and perform a new poem for Aung San Suu Kyi when she received the Ambassador of Conscience award in Dublin. In 2013 she won the Ted Hughes Award for her work Brand New Ancients. In the spirit of today’s teenage themed programme, we broadcast her poem ‘The Teens’ Speech’ originally created for Barnardo’s in 2009.


Kate being interviewed by Jenni Murray in August 2013



Life After Separation or Divorce Phone-in

On Thursday Jenni Murray presented a phone-in discussing how to be happy after divorce or separation. Listeners shared their experiences of successful and painful separation, whether on good terms with a former-partner or not. January is a month which sees more couples decide to break up than any other - how can you minimise the hurt and damage to children and other family members, and negotiate shared friendship groups and social life?


Support tools for parents from OnePlusOne


The Seperated Families initiative


Advice from Relate


The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships


National Family Mediation



Archive: Elizabeth Jane Howard

As a tribute to Elizabeth Jane Howard, who died on Thursday, we hear a 2008 Woman’s Hour archive interview with the acclaimed author. In 1950, she won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for her first novel, the Beautiful Visit. Her most celebrated work, the Cazz-a-let Chronicles were adapted for television. Her thirteenth novel, Love All, has just been published – her first novel for nine years.

Chloe Howl

Chloe Howl is an 18-year old pop star who sings about the stuff teenagers REALLY do. She describes her music as pop – but more “steak and kidney,” than bubble-gum. Chloe is on the long-list for the BBC Sound Of 2014. So is she the next big thing? She joined Jenni to perform and tell us about her new single.  

Chlöe Howl's new single Paper Heart is on Columbia Records.


Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
Interviewed GuestMalala Yousafzai
Interviewed GuestLaura Bates
Interviewed GuestCaroline Criado-Perez
Interviewed GuestReni Eddo-Lodge
Interviewed GuestKate Clanchy
Interviewed GuestZena Forster
PerformerKate Tempest
PerformerChloe Howl
ProducerLouise Corley

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