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First broadcast:
Tuesday 18 May 2010

Presented by Jane Garvey.

Why aren't there more women in the judiciary? President Obama announced last week that he is nominating U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Her appointment would mean that there would be three women sitting in the American Supreme Court. But in the UK only one woman sits in the Supreme Court and the judiciary remains an overwhelmingly male institution. So why are there still so few women in senior positions and what can be done to make posts more representative of gender? Jane visits the Women's Library in London which has opened up its archives to artists for the first time. As the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority launch a review into the shortage of donor eggs in the UK, we ask whether women should be able to sell their eggs? And how do you help a child cope with bullying or bereavement, alcoholism or abandonment? There are now many children's stories which address such issues and Julia Eccleshare and Damian Kelleher make their recommendations.


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  • Senior female judges

    Why is the UK Supreme Court such an overwhelmingly male institution? With Baroness Julia Neuberger, Judge Isobel Plumstead and Prof Rosemary Hunter

  • Women's Library exhibition

    Jane visits the Women's Library to find out how women's history can be told through their collection of documents and artefacts

  • Egg donation

    What should be done to address the shortage of donor eggs in the UK? Should the HFEA change its policy in some areas?

  • Children's books with a message

    Julia Eccleshare and Damian Kelleher make their recommendations for children's books that tackle important issues for young people

  • Women in the judiciary

    Jane talks to Baroness Julia Neuberger, Chair of the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity; Judge Isobel Plumstead, Honorary secretary of the Council of Circuit Judges; and Rosemary Hunter, Professor of Law at Kent Law School.

  • Women's Library exhibition

    Women's Library exhibition

    As Radio 4 continues its series A History of the World in 100 Objects which uses the British Museum collections to reveal world history, Jane visits the Women's Library to find out how women's history can be told through their collection of documents and artefacts. The Library is currently hosting two exhibitions, 'Out of the Archives: New art inspired by The Women’s Library', and 'FeMAIL: Suffragettes and the Post', which run until 2 October 2010. Jane visited the library with the artists Hester Reeve and Olivia Plender. (Photo by Matthew Booth)

    The Women's Library
  • Egg donation

    If you are interested in having your opinions and experiences form part of the HFEA’s Donation Review then follow the link below.

    HFEA’s Donation Review
  • Children's books with a message

    Damian Kelleher’s suggestions of books by ‘issue’ (mainly for older children):

    'Before I Die' by Jenny Downham
    'Two Weeks with the Queen' by Morris Gleitzman
    'Sad Book' by Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake (all ages)

    'Inside My Head' by Jim Carrington (12+)
    'The Traitor Game' by BR Collins

    'The Ant Colony' by Jenny Valentine (10/11+)
    'Lobster Boy' by Roman Philbrick (11+)
    'The Illustrated Mum' by Jacqueline Wilson (10/11+)

    'Fat Boy Swim' by Cathy Forde (11+)


    Julia Eccleshare’s suggestions of books for younger children (0 - 5):

    'Beagu' by Alexis Deacon 
    'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne

    'Halibut Jackson' by David Lucas

    'Seal Surfer' by Michael Foreman

    'Owl babies' by Martin Waddell

    'Can't You Sleep Little bear?' by Martin Wadell

    'Starting school' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    'Badger's Parting Gift' by Susan Varley

    'Small' by Jessica Meserve
    'Horrid Henry' by Francesca Simon

    'I will not ever never eat a tomato' by Lauren Child

    'Silly Baby' by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
    'Sophie and the New Baby' by Catherine and Laurence Anholt


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