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24/08/2010

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Tuesday 24 August 2010

Women at the top - is it really a choice between kids and career? Presented by Jane Garvey. We hear about a new campaign to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease - how to spot symptoms and what to do. Anyone who has read or watched I Claudius will know that the leading women of the Roman world often led colourful and controversial lives. We hear about a new book which looks at the private and public aspects of some of history's most striking women. And the joy of knitting! News about the forthcoming second international knitting conference in Shetland called "In the Loop".

Chapters

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  • Women at the top

    Discussion on women in senior executive positions. With Melissa Samuel, Dr Deirdre Anderson and Ruth Lea.

  • Annelise Freisenbruch on Ancient Rome’s Imperial Women

    Annelise Freisenbruch discusses Rome’s Imperial women from Livia, the consort of the emperor Augustus; to Galla Placidia, one of the last empresses.

  • Alzheimer's Memory Test Campaign

    Alzheimer’s Society are encouraging people worried about their memory to get help early. With Professor Clive Ballard, & Ann Johnson.

  • Knitting past and present

    Next month sees In The Loop II, a conference about knitting. Jane speaks to Linda Newington, Uni. of Southampton, & Dr Carol Christiansen, Curator at the Shetland Museum.

  • Women at the top

    We know that women can struggle to "get on" at work if they have kids. And it seems that even at the very top, women with children are at a disadvantage in competing for jobs. The number of women in the most senior executive positions is actually decreasing, and nearly half the biggest companies have no women at all on their boards. The government says it wants to increase the number of women reaching the boards of public companies – but how can women break through the glass ceiling into the boardroom? Jane discusses Melissa Samuel, from the law firm Allen and Overy, and Dr Deirdre Anderson, from the
    international Centre for Women Leaders at Cranfield School of Management,Ruth Lea, Director and Economic Adviser, Arbuthnot Banking Group.

  • Annelise Freisenbruch on Ancient Rome’s Imperial women

    Annelise Freisenbruch on Ancient Rome’s Imperial women

    Picture of Annelise Freisenbruch courtesy of E A Dinley.
    Anyone who has read or watched I Claudius will know that the leading women of the Roman world often led colourful and controversial lives.  Annelise Freisenbruch’s new book tells the story of Rome’s Imperial women from Livia, the consort of the first Roman emperor Augustus, through to Galla Placidia, one of the last empresses, who was captured by a violent Goth horde.  Exploring their everyday lives and the impact they had on the politics of Rome, she illuminates the private and public aspects of some of history’s most striking women. 
     
    The First Ladies of Rome: The Women Behind the Caesars by Annelise Freisenbruch. Published by Jonathan Cape, ISBN 978-0-224-08529.

  • Alzheimer's Memory Test Campaign

    Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 750,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia and that more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. But many people concerned about memory problems put off going to see their GP and only a third of dementia sufferers ever receive a formal diagnosis. They are launching a campaign encouraging people who are worried about their memory to get help as soon as possible.So what are the symptoms of dementia and how important is an early diagnosis?
    Jane is joined by Professor Clive Ballard, the Director of Research for Alzheimer's Society, and Ann Johnson, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years ago when she was fifty two.

    Alzheimer's Society
  • Knitting past and future

    Knitting past and future

    Next month delegates from all over the world will be travelling to Lerwick on the Shetland Isles for In The Loop II, a conference about - knitting. Highlights from 2008’s In The Loop conference included papers on Knit Chick Lit and "Sportsmen and their sweaters". Knitting has undergone a revival in the past few years - but can it be a serious academic subject? Jane Garvey speaks to Linda Newington, librarian in charge of the University of Southampton’s Knitting Collection, and to Dr Carol Christiansen, Curator at the Shetland Museum.

    In the Loop: Knitting Now by Jessica Hemmings (Black Dog Publishing 2010) ISBN-13: 978-1906155964

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