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Maternity discrimination; Penal reformers; Cheating partners
Jenni Murray talks maternity discrimination, penal reform and support for cheated partners
Jenni Murray presents the female perspective, discussing maternity discrimination, penal reform campaigners, support for cheated partners, and author Rosemary Friedman's new book.
Maternity discrimination will now be researched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Evidence will be collected on the extent, causes and effects of pregnancy and maternity discrimination. The Howard League for Penal Reform publishes a new report looking at the impact of campaigners Pauline Campbell and Violet Van der Elst.
How do you cope with infidelity and cheating partners? A new website called women-scorned.co.uk offers support and advice for women. Author Rosemary Friedman talks about her latest book, The Man Who Understood Women, which brings together short stories from the mid 1950s to the present day.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Beverley Purcell.
Victorian gang violence, Men-only spaces, Higher maternity pay benefits
Violence in women's gangs in Victorian times on stage.
The musical telling the violent story of women's gangs in Victorian times.
Oranges and Elephants, a new all-female musical, opens tonight in London's East End. It tells the story of the violence among women's gangs in Victorian times. Writer, Lil Warren and actor Liz Kitchen who plays the leader of the Elephants explain their fascination with this little know element of Victorian life.
Calls for an end to male-only business events have followed allegations that hostesses were groped at The Presidents Club fundraiser. One government minister tweeted that he would never again attend a men-only function. But do proposed bans suggest that men can't be trusted on their own or are unable to set their own moral compass? Journalists Mark Rice-Oxley and Martin Daubney discuss the future of male-only spaces.
A new study suggests that women who get generous maternity pay are more likely to not only return to the workplace but to rise through the ranks. The research was carried out among academics so how far does it translate to the wider female workforce? To discuss her findings Vera Troeger, Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick and Rosalind Bragg, director of Maternity Action, an advice agency campaigning to protect and enhance maternity rights.
If you are exhausted, harried, over-committed and short on ideas on how to cut back Australian broadcaster and author Meshel Laurie might have the answer for you. Among her solutions, the former workaholic uses teachings from Buddhism to see herself more clearly, give herself room to breathe and find out what kind of life she really wants to live, believing that Buddhism is as relevant and practical in our modern world as it has ever been.
Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Anne Peacock.
Hypertrichosis, 'Cuckoo Kids' law', Discrimination, Racist abuse
Orphans of the Carnival, German paternity, online abuse, maternity discrimination.
Carol Birch on new novel Orphans of the Carnival; tackling abuse of black women online; Maria Miller MP on pregnancy discrimination; German plan to force mums to name lovers.
Carol Birch's novel Orphans of the Carnival tells the true story of Julia Pastrana, a Victorian era circus performer who was described as the 'ugliest woman in the world'. Suffering from a genetic condition that meant her face and body were covered in thick hair, Julia won over crowds with her singing and dancing. But, were people fascinated by Julia's talent, or by her unusual appearance?
Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones, Olympian Gabby Douglas, and Michelle Marie, a black woman who took over the official Ireland community twitter account last week have all been inundated with racist abuse. Jane talks to Claire Heuchan a Black radical feminist from Scotland and Natalie Jeffers, co-creator of Black Lives Matter UK.
A new report from the Women & Equalities Commission calls for UK women to have much greater protections after what they say is a 'shocking' increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination over the past decade. Jane Garvey is joined by Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women & Equalities Commission, Rosalind Bragg, Director Of Maternity Action, and Dawn, who shares her personal experience of what she says was discriminatory treatment.
Germany's justice ministry has drawn up a change in the law which would require mothers in certain paternity cases to reveal who they had slept with. The press have dubbed it the 'Cuckoo Kids' Law,' after the phrase for children conceived in adultery, Kuckuckskindern. BBC Berlin correspondent Damien McGuinness talks to Jane.
Presenter: Jane Garvey.
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