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Kate Hudson; Maternity Care; Enid Blyton; Women Against Fundamentalism

Jenni Murray presents the female perspective, including actress Kate Hudson on her new film. Plus why are socially disadvantaged women missing out on maternity care?

Actress Kate Hudson on her new film. Why are socially disadvantaged women missing out on maternity care? PP Wong on her novel 'The Life of a Banana'. Twenty five years of the Women Against Fundamentalism movement - Nira Yural-Davis and Pragna Patel discuss how it developed and what it means now. Classic archive from the Woman's Hour Collection - Enid Blyton interviewed in the 1960s.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Eleanor Garland.

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54 minutes


  • Kate Hudson

    US actor Kate Hudson reflects on her own family experiences

    Duration: 08:15

  • Maternity Care For Disadvantaged Women

    Prof Marion Knight, author of the new study, &Janet Fyle of the Royal College of Midwives

    Duration: 08:57

  • The Life Of A Banana

    PP Wong on her story of a British Chinese girl, partly based on her own experiences

    Duration: 07:48

  • Women Against Fundamentalism

    Nira Yubal-Davis of the University of East London &Pragna Patel of Southall Black Sisters

    Duration: 08:58

  • Enid Blyton

    An archive interview with the author from 1966

    Duration: 03:28

Kate Hudson

Whilst US actor Kate Hudson found fame 14 years ago with the film Almost Famous, as the daughter of Goldie Hawn she was no stranger to the bright lights of Hollywood. And now her new film, Wish I Was Here - about a father at a crossroads in life as a parent, spouse, and son – has forced her to reflect on her own family experiences. She talks to Jenni about her birth father; her relationship with her often strict parents, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell; passing their principles onto her children; having two children by different fathers; and holding-off getting married for a second time.


Wish I Was Here is in cinemas from Friday

Maternity Care For Disadvantaged Women

A new study suggests that disadvantaged women are less likely to have received any antenatal care, and to have been seen by a health professional before 12 weeks of pregnancy, and also report being spoken to rudely by health professionals. Jenni is joined by Professor Marion Knight, co-author of the study and by Janet Fyle, Midwife and Professional Policy Adviser for the Royal College of Midwives.


BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The Life Of A Banana

Xing Li is what the Chinese call a banana – yellow on the outside and white on the inside. The character - conceived by writer PP Wong in her debut novel - was born and raised in London, yet with her Chinese background, she never feels she fits in. In the book, her mum dies, her older brother leaves home, and she is bullied at school. PP Wong joins Jenni to share this coming of age story of a British Chinese 12 year old girl, partly based on her own life experience.


The Life Of A Banana by PP Wong is published by Legend Press

Women Against Fundamentalism

To celebrate 25 years of Women Against Fundamentalism, a new book tells the story of some of its members, focusing on what led them to join the campaign. The stories focus on the  power and difference that brought so many women together, united around common political values. Jenni talks to Co-Editor of the book Nira Yubal-Davis, who is Director of the centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London, and to Pragna Patel of Southall Black Sisters.


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Kate Hudson
Interviewed Guest PP Wong
Interviewed Guest Nira Yural-Davis
Interviewed Guest Pragna Patel
Producer Eleanor Garland


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