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Need a weekly dose of career inspiration, smart talk and badass advice? Then join Harriet Minter for Badass Women's Hour and her brilliant guests as they cover life, love and living plus everything in-between. Presented by Harriet Minter (Journalist and Broadcaster). Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: @BadassWomensHR #BAWH www.badasswomenshour.com

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Your Badass Women’s Hour Host Harriet Minter is writing a book.A chick-lit novel, (arguably) the best and most critiqued genre.First-time fiction writer Harriet will take you along for her writing journey.  Every week you’ll hear from authors who have been there and done it, as they share their processes and tips with Harriet and help her with problems she comes up against in her writing.How do you create a compelling, funny, emotive, heartwarming page-turner? A Truth Universally Acknowledged is here to find out.  It’s launching on 21st November so - Click here to follow now to hear the first episode. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Can you believe this is the 400th episode of Badass women’s hour? Throughout Harriet has talked to some incredible women, but if you have been here from the start you'll know it wasn't just Harriet. In this final episode of the podcast, we’ve reunited the original Badass Women’s Hour team to reflect on some standout moments, what’s been achieved and what we’re taking forwards. If this is the first episode that you’ve listened to, or if you’ve listed to all 400, thanks for listening, and keep being badass.Badass Women's Hour Is:Harriet MinterNatalie CampbellEmma SextonWith clips fromEpisode 373 with Alexandra HeminsleyEpisode 184 with Tomi Adeyemi Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Everyone will experience feminism differently, especially women of colour, but are we leaving BAME women out of the conversation? Harriets guest is MP and author Rabina Khan, who argues that the feminism movement is being led by white women and that the platform isn't equal.Also in this episode, we're all free! So now what? And one listener really doesn't want to go back to the office, so can they just quit?Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Rabina Khan: @RabinaKhanTo have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com My Hair is Pink Under This Veil, By Rabina KhanUndercover LoverWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Do you feel comfortable saying no to people? Harriet is joined by Michelle Elman, who thinks we should all be a bit more selfish. Michelle talks about how to find and set your boundaries, some ways to enforce them that won't get you fired, and how to use them to get the most out of your dating life. Also in this episode, Harriet's take on the fallout from the euros final. And one listener is suffering from imposter syndromePresenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuests: Michelle Elman: @ScarredNtScaredTo have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com The Joy of Being Selfish by Michelle ElmanUndercover LoverWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
“It’s not you, it’s me”, come on you’re better than that!This week comedian and author Rosie Wilby is explaining to Harriet how you can break up better and she’s speaking from experience, Rosie was dumped by email back in 2011 and since then has been researching the art of the break up resulting in her book and podcast; The Breakup Monologues. Hear why being dumped is chemically the same as withdrawing from a drug, whether it’s a good idea to stay friends and how to make it through the "three-year slump." On the topic of love, coupling up, breaking up and consciously de-coupling Harriet’s second podcast Undercover Lover is back! As Love Island returns to the nation's screens Harriet knows that whilst you might say otherwise your head is definitely turned! Every Sunday she and a fellow closet watcher will be dissecting the week's goings-on in the villa, it’s the podcast for those of you who are side-eyeing your feminism every night at 9 this summer. Follow wherever you get your podcasts.Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuests: Rosie Wilby: @rosiewilbyTo have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com Rosie's Book and PodcastUndercover Lover WFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Just because you're young doesn't mean you're exempt from getting life-altering illnesses. In this episode, Harriet is joined by two badass women who are living with such conditions. Rosie van Amerongen lives with bipolar disorder and found that running was a way that she could manage it. Then, Emily Johnson was diagnosed with arthritis, and it's changed the way that she lives every day. Harriet talks to both women about what it's like to relieve these diagnoses at such a young age and what they've had to change in order to live with them. Also in this episode, as a new season of Love Island hits our screens Harriet wonders, has lockdown taken the fight out of feminism. Also, an answer to the age-old question, what do I do when everything has gone wrong?Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuests: Emily Johnson - @arthritisfoodie and Rosie van AmerongenTo have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com Beat Arthritis Naturally, by Emily JohnsonWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Some of us are accustomed to seeing people like us as the main characters in the books we read. But for many, that isn't the case. Harriet is joined by Sabina Khan, author of Zara Hossain Is Here. Harriet and Sabina discuss the importance of being able to identify with the people we're reading about, and how Sabina's own experience shaped her writing.Then, how often do you buy now, pay later? It seems so tempting, but these services could be doing more harm than good. Are they really putting women in the best position when it comes to managing their finances? While we're talking about money, one listener asks about saving for a mortgage, and what they're sacrificing to do so.Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Sabina Khan - @Sabina_WriterTo have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com ZARA HOSSAIN IS HERE, by Sabina KhanWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Hormones are one of the biggest factors in how we feel and act; to understand them is to understand our bodies better. Harriet is joined by Amy Thomson, the founder of Moody Month, an app that helps you optimise your everyday physical and mental wellbeing, partly by tracking where your hormone levels are. Amy is also the author of Moody: A 21st Century Hormone Guide, which shares some of the research and science behind how our hormones work. Also, the government is looking into women's experience with healthcare, but is it too little too late? And one listener wants to get from couch to 5k.Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Amy Thomson - @amytstoryTo have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com Moody : A 21st Century Hormone Guide, by Amy ThomsonWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
For those who have experienced it, motherhood is a life-changing event, and everyone's experience of it is vastly different. Harriet is joined by author Pragya Agarwal, whose own experience was strewn with difficulties - from a tainted blood transfusion - to the pressure put on both her and her unborn baby regarding gender. Pragya's book M(other)hood explores how women of colour and women of different socio-economic classes experience motherhood differently.Also in this episode, are we being misogynistic from the inside? And one listener asks something we've all wondered, how do we know when we're old?Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Pragya Agarwal - @DrPragyaAgarwalTo have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com (M)OTHERHOOD by Pragya AgarwalWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Boys and men are routinely diagnosed as autistic more than women and girls, who're often wrongly overlooked. One of those women was this weeks guest Holly Smale. It's only since Holly sold millions of copies of her book Geek Girl did she realise that she and the character in her book were living with autism. Harriet and Holly talk about what led Holly to get this diagnosis and what having it has made her realise about her life.Also in this episode, are we really still talking about Kate Winslet's body, and in the papers to boot? And one listener is concerned that her friends don't like her partner.Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Holly Smale - @HolSmaleTo have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com Geek Girl, by Holly SmaleWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
What makes a badass woman? Well, we've got two on the show today. Michelle Kennedy is the founder and CEO of the app Peanut, which provides community and support throughout all stages of motherhood. Recently, Michelle has taken on the mammoth task of changing the language we use to describe women and their bodies. It's time for words like "geriatric", "inhospitable" and "serial aborter" to go. Then Josie Lloyd joins to talk about her newest book The Cancer Ladies' Running Club, and how it's inspired by the real-life events of her own cancer diagnosis. Josie ran the Brighton 10k in the middle of an operation, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, all with a group of women who were in similar situations. Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuests: Michelle Kennedy - @shellkennedylon and Josie Lloyd - @JosieLloydbooks To have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com The Cancer Ladies' Running Club by Josie LloydPeanut from Michelle KennedyWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that your parents are people too. This week Harriet is joined by author Elizabeth Miki Brina who’s new book Speak, Okinawa: A Memoir reflects on the relationship between children and parents.Also in this episode, Harriet discusses the sit-in at the University of Warrick that’s challenging rape culture. And one listener feels like she’s been belittled by her boss, so is it time to go?Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinter To have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com Speak, Okinawa: A Memoir by Elizabeth Miki BrinaWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Are bras a thing of the past? We've all been spending a lot more time at home over lockdown, and for many of us, that means dressing down too. Does that mean it's finally time to ditch the bra and free the nip? Or is that only for a select few?Then Harriet is joined by Tineka Smith and Alex Court to talk about life as a mixed-race couple. After Tineka was the victim of a racist attack, the two wrote their book Mixed Up: Confessions of an interracial couple. Finally, one listener moved back in with their parents over lockdown but is now missing their old life. Is it time to move out or stay and save?Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Tineka Smith - @Tineka_S and Alex Court - @CourtA To have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com Mixed Up: Confessions of an Interracial Couple, by Tineka Smith and Alex CourtWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Do you feel strong? Journalist and author Poorna Bell talks to Harriet Minter about how she found both inner and outer strength when she took up powerlifting. Poorna’s new book “Stronger” looks at what society tells us about women’s strength and turns it on its head.What about when you go and speak to your doctor? Do you feel strong then? A new study discovers that twenty percent of women who went to see their doctor about gynaecological issues, left feeling like their concerns had been treated as trivial. Plus Harriet shares some advice for a listener feeling anxious about being around crowds of people at her friend's wedding. Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Poorna Bell - @poornabell To have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com Stronger, by Poorna BellWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
How do you come back from something as horrific as a verbal racist attack? Well for nature writer Anita Sethi the answer was clear, it was to walk 268 miles across the entire Pennine Way. Anita tells Harriet what she learnt about herself and the world along the way and the importance of having a good map.Also, it’s been a tough year, so why are some of us feeling more anxious now that lockdown restrictions are lifting? And what steps can we take to manage those feelings? Then one listener has a question about money, and getting their pre-COVID salary back.  Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Anita Sethi - @anitasethi To have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com I Belong Here, by Anita SethiWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
We’re talking about bodies. Recently we’ve seen the first plus-size model on the cover of Playboy magazine, but we’ve also seen the death of beloved TV personality Nikki Grahame as a result of her battle with anorexia. Harriet is joined by Gemma Oaten, the actor and now manager of the charity SEED who’s own journey with anorexia started at an early age.This week, a listener question that’s all about dating. As we emerge from lockdown just as single as when we went in, how do we get back on the scene, and is online dating the best way to go?Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Gemma Oaten - @gemmaoaten To have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com  Find support from SEED hereWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Due to the passing of HRH Prince Phillip, Harriet reflects on the notion of grief with Cariad Lloyd.Cariad is the creator and host of Griefcast, a podcast where she tries to break down our fear of talking about death, and even if we’re allowed to laugh about it. Cariad saw the interest in Greifcast rise and it has continued to do so since she had this chat with Harriet back in 2019. Also in this episode, how do we set those boundaries between work and home life? Especially when the line is so blurry right now. Then Harriet responds to a listener who got a new puppy at the start of lockdown, but fears that they might have made a mistake now that life is slowly getting back to normal.Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Cariad Lloyd - @ladycariad To have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com  Griefcast by Cariad LloydWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When is standing out a good thing? When is it a bad thing?In this week's episode, this subtopic flows throughout Harriet's two interviews. Firstly, Harriet meets with Dr Wanda Wyporska to discuss the recently released report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities and she hears about the harm that this report might bring, Wanda's experience with intersectionality and why the BAME term leaves all minorities out as 'other'. Later, Harriet learns about the incredible life of international journalist, Hella Pick, whose career in political journalism began way back in the 1960s, meaning she knows what it means to stand out in a room. The pair discuss some of Hella's jaw-dropping stories, her experience as a refugee, and what it was to be a female in political journalism back in the 1960s. To have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Dr. Wanda Wyporska - @WandaWyporska and Hella PickWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet MinterInvisible Walls, by Hella Pick Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When you say “20 years ago”, it sounds more like the 1980s than 2001, right? Well, things were very different then and this week Harriet dives into author Elisabeth Spencer’s experience of raising and supporting her trans daughter; the challenges, the emotions and the lessons, all of which are extended upon in her new book.  Harriet also discusses how commonplace sexual harassment is in the school system, and tackles a listener question who is struggling to choose between leaving their secure but mundane job or spreading their wings to explore their passions. Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterThe Road To My Daughter, by Elisabeth SpencerWFH (Working From Home), by Harriet Minter Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When you think of a scientist, what do they look like? According to this week’s incredible guest, Prof. Sue Black OBE, it’s probably an old white man in a white coat isn’t it? Harriet is joined by Sue for a full-length chat about her tough start in life, the joy of getting older, and women in the tech space, from past, to present, to future. Also on this week’s episode, Harriet discusses the aftermath of the Sarah Everard protests and tackles a question from a listener whose in-laws might be moving in with them, and this listener really isn’t feeling it.To have Harriet help with your listener dilemma, e-mail harriet.minter@gmail.com Presenter: Harriet Minter - @HarrietMinterGuest: Prof. Dame Sue Black - @Dr_BlackCheck out Sue's Book Saving Bletchley Park WFH (Working From Home), by Harriet MinterWritten in Bone - Hidden Stories In What We Leave Behind, by Prof. Dame Sue Black Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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zyun Z

love u guys! I had so much fun listening to it!

Mar 28th
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