This Woman Can

This Woman Can

This series is all about phenomenal women. Join leading names from the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, publishing and sport. Feminist thinkers explore subjects such as the fight for equality, the female body, art, race and gender including Siri Hustvedt, Sara Pascoe and Harriet Harman. Tales of courage feature from Thordis Elva, who faced her rapist, and Farida Khalaf, who escaped ISIS. Also, in partnership with Caroline Brown and the Women’s Cycling Forum Scotland, we bring together dynamic women who are taking (or have taken) on the world such as incredible endurance cyclists Juliana Buhring, Dervla Murphy and Jenny Tough, and Judy Murray, who has overseen her family’s climb to the peak of world tennis.

Jess Phillips

Telling the Truth

Saturday 12 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Journalist Julie Burchill calls her 'a breath of fresh air, with a dirty laugh'. In Everywoman, Labour politician Jess Phillips shouts long and loudly about the things she cares most about: poverty, equality, the rights of refugees and serving her...

Farida Khalaf & Andrea C Hoffman

Great Bravery, Great Escape

Saturday 12 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

In 2014 Farida Khalaf, a Yazidi teenager, was kidnapped and sold into slavery when her northern Iraqi village was attacked by ISIS. With great courage, she took on her captors and escaped. Her remarkable story is told in The Girl Who Escaped ISIS,...

Jessica J Lee & Anna Magnusson

Magnificent Obsessions

Tuesday 15 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Alone and broken-hearted in Berlin, Jessica J Lee resolved to go wild swimming all year round and she writes about the sense of independence this engenders in Turning: A Swimming Memoir. Vicky Jack, the subject of Anna Magnusson’s The Sky’s the...

Siri Hustvedt

A Life of Art and Science

Thursday 17 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

More than 50 years after the bust-up over C P Snow's famous Rede Lecture on the chasm between art and science, we welcome Siri Hustvedt, acclaimed American novelist and commentator on feminism, art criticism and philosophy, who analyses how the two...

Reni Eddo-Lodge

Opening Up the Race Debate

Friday 18 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s impassioned blog on Britain’s failing debate on race and racism went viral. Entitled Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, it touched a nerve and sparked fierce discussion. It galvanised Eddo-Lodge into...

Ece Temelkuran & Jacqueline Woodson

Women and Secrets

Friday 18 August 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Stories of women fighting for their place in the world are illuminated by these two authors. In Women Who Blow on Knots, Ece Temelkuran's three friends set off on a road trip with a murderous 70 year old, Madam Lilla. Jacqueline Woodson's four heroines...

Jenni Murray

Best of British Women

Saturday 19 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Get ready for the ultimate Woman’s Hour as the show’s presenter and the possessor, as veteran broadcaster Charles Wheeler rightly observed, of 'the most beautiful voice on radio - ever', talks about choosing her heroines in A History of Britain in...

Thordis Elva

Trauma and Forgiveness

Sunday 20 August 12:30pm - 1:30pm

For eight years Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger exchanged emails about the moment he raped her when she was 16. Then they decided it was time to meet. They came together in Cape Town, South Africa, a country that is no stranger to the healing power of...