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Jacqueline Bisset; Contraceptive pill and mood swings; Crowdfunding

Emma Barnett presents the programme that offers a female perspective on the world. Features include how some women's moods can worsen on the 'wrong' contraceptive pill.

Millions of women use the contraceptive pill at some point in their lifetime. For many it's a liberation. For some, taking the 'wrong' pill can be disastrous when it comes to mood swings. Emma Barnett explores women's hormonal make up and how it interacts with the birth control pill. Jacqueline Bisset talks about her role in the new film, Welcome to New York; Why is crowdfunding proving successful for women? Woman's Hour finds out what this relatively novel way of financing a new business idea, a creative project or a 'not for profit' enterprise has to offer; Dido Harding has been the CEO of Talk Talk Group for just over four years; she's the only woman to appear on both our 2013 Powerlist and on the 2014 Game Changers list. Emma talks to her about how she's working with other providers and government to promote a safer experience online. Last year JoAnne Chesimard, best known as civil rights activist Assata Shakurm, became the FBI's most wanted woman. In 1977 she was given life for the murder of a New Jersey state trooper. Two years after her conviction she escaped and fled to Cuba where she received political asylum. Her autobiography has just been reissued. Journalist Tshepo Mokoena joins Emma in the studio.

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58 minutes

Chapters

  • The Pill, Women’s Hormones and Mental Health

    Millions of women use the contraceptive pill at some point in their life time.

    Duration: 10:48

  • Jacqueline Bisset

    Jacqueline on marriage, infidelity and the sex lives of older women

    Duration: 08:27

  • Crowdfunding and Women Entrepreneurs

    Why is crowdfunding proving successful for women?

    Duration: 08:24

  • Dido Harding

    Dido on how she's working to promote a safer experience online.

    Duration: 07:20

  • The FBI's Most Wanted Woman

    Why is this woman the most wanted woman in America?

    Duration: 06:46

The Pill, Women’s Hormones and Mental Health

Millions of women use the contraceptive pill at some point in their life time. For many it’s a liberation, a convenient and effective way of managing one’s fertility. It can also be helpful in other ways - skin conditions can improve, premenstrual tension reduce and periods become less painful.  However, all women react individually to different hormonal preparation and for some women taking the wrong pill can be disastrous when it comes to mood swings. It was many years before the author and broadcaster Alice Roberts realised she didn’t suit the pill she was on. She and Peter Greenhouse, consultant in sexual health in Bristol, join Emma Barnett to discuss women’s hormonal make up and how it interacts with the birth control pill.

 

Dr Annie Evans: Premenstrual Problems 

Jacqueline Bisset

In the new film Welcome to New York, Jacqueline Bisset plays the long-suffering wife of a powerful adulterous French businessman - a plot allegedly based on the allegations of sexual assault brought against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Emma talks to Jacqueline about marriage, infidelity and the sex lives of older women.

 

Welcome to New York opens in UK cinemas this Friday.

Crowdfunding and Women Entrepreneurs

Why is crowdfunding proving successful for women? Woman’s Hour talks to Anastasia Emmanuel from Indiegogo to ask what this relatively novel way of financing a new business idea, a creative project or a ‘not for profit’ enterprise has to offer.

Dido Harding

Dido Harding has been the CEO of Talk Talk Group for just over four years. She’s the only woman to appear on both our 2013 Powerlist and on the 2014  Game Changers list. Emma Barnett, chair of the judging panel, said she was chosen because she's taken the lead as head of an internet provider in championing not only porn filters but the blocking of online sites that promote suicide and self harm. Emma talks to her about how she’s working with other providers and government to promote a safer experience online.

The FBI's Most Wanted Woman

Last year the civil rights activist Joanne Chesimard, best known as Assata Shakur, became the FBI’s most wanted woman. She was a leading figure in the 70s Black Liberation Army - a militant arm of the Civil Rights movement – and in 1977 she was given life for the murder of a New Jersey state trooper. Two years after her conviction she escaped and fled to Cuba where she received political asylum. Why is this woman, who is now in her 60s and living in exile in Cuba, the most wanted woman in America? Her autobiography, Assata, will be reissued on 21 August. Emma is joined by the Guardian Journalist and writer, Tshepo Mokoena, to discuss the events surrounding her conviction, escape, and exile, and the state of civil rights in America today.

 

Assata: An Autobiography is published by Zed Books

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Emma Barnett
Interviewed Guest Alice Roberts
Interviewed Guest Peter Greenhouse
Interviewed Guest Jacqueline Bisset
Interviewed Guest Anastasia Emmanuel
Interviewed Guest Britt Jurgensen
Interviewed Guest Dido Harding
Interviewed Guest Tshepo Mokoena
Producer Lucinda Montefiore

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