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15/04/2011

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Friday 15 April 2011

With Jenni Murray including: Shanna Bukhari, the young woman from Blackburn who wants to be the first Muslim to represent Great Britain at this year's Miss Universe contest. Is entering a beauty contest a good way for a young British Muslim woman to use her freedoms when women in countries like Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia are denied many basic human rights? Women on Fleet Street - at last week's British Press Awards only 3 out of the 16 individual prizes went to women, and only two national newspapers are edited by women. Does it matter if women are so badly represented at the top end of Fleet Street? Rachel Beer, the first woman to edit a national newspaper back in 1894. And 5 @ 50 - a new play which looks at the lives of five women who've all been friends since school as they hit 50.

Chapters

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  • Muslim Miss Universe GB

    Shanna Bukhari explains why she wants to be the first Muslim to represent GB at the Miss Universe contest. The writer Shelina Zahra Janmohamed and the barrister Rehna Azim discuss.

  • Rachel Beer

    Rachel Beer in 1894 became editor of The Sunday Times. Her biographers Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev join Jenni to discuss her life and pioneering achievements.

  • Fleet street females

    Twitterer and national news reporter FleetStreetFox talks about life in a newsroom. Gaby Hinsliff, former Political Editor, Observer, and Anne Spackman, current Comment Editor at The Times discuss.

  • 5@50

    Brad Fraser’s play 5 @ 50 premiers this month in Manchester. The central character, Olivia, is played by Jan Ravens, star of the BBC’s satirical show Dead Ringers. She joins Jenni to discuss.

  • Muslim Miss Universe GB

    Shanna Bukhari is a young woman from Blackburn in Lancashire hoping to be the first Muslim to represent Great Britain at the Miss Universe contest which will be held in Brazil later this year. She's faced religious criticism from people in her own community who say her actions are un-Islamic, as well as racist abuse and of course criticism from feminists. We hear from Shanna about her journey and why she wants to be a role model for all young women. And the writer Shelina Zahra Janmohamed and the barrister Rehna Azim discuss with Jenni Murray, whether entering a beauty contest is a good way for a young British Muslim woman to use her freedoms when women in countries like Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia are denied many basic human rights?

  • Fleet Street Females

    The world of national newspapers - still known as "Fleet Street" - has always had a reputation as cut throat and competitive. Women are recruited at ground level as reporters , but few appear to be rising to senior posts on the newsdesk or to the editor's chair. The British Press Awards last week is a case in point : just three of the 16 individual awards were given to women. The proportion of nominees, around a quarter, wasn't much better and one commentator remarked that the event was like a Rotary Club Dinner. At a time when newspaper circulation is in freefall , is it becoming even more difficult for women to get to the top? And what impact does it have on the way our national news is served up? Twitterer and national news reporter FleetStreetFox tells of life in a modern-day newsroom; and Jenni is joined by Gaby Hinsliff, former Political Editor of the Observer, and Anne Spackman, current Comment Editor at The Times to talk about life at the top of the news tree.

    Press Awards 2011
  • Rachel Beer

    Rachel Beer

    Quite a few have claimed the title in error, but now a new biography aims to establish once and for all who became the first woman editor of a national newspaper in the UK. She was in fact Rachel Beer, who in 1894 became editor of The Sunday Times. Mary Howarth quickly followed in 1903, at the launch of the Daily Mirror, but it would then take until 1987 before two female journalists, Wendy Henry and Eve Pollard, again sat at the helm of a Fleet Street paper. So at a time when women weren’t even deemed capable of casting a vote, how did Rachel Beer get Victorian men to begin their letter to the editor ‘Dear Madam’… Her biographers Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev join Jenni to discuss her life and pioneering achievements.

    First Lady of Fleet Street: The Life, Fortune and Tragedy of Rachel Beer, written by Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev, is published by JR Books

    J R Books
  • 5 @ 50

    Brad Fraser’s play 5 @ 50 premiers this month at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. Tricia, Olivia, Lorene, Fern and Norma have been friends since school and are all now hitting 50. On the outside they're smart-talking, intelligent, funny and streetwise, but the cracks in their relationships are starting to show. The central character, Olivia, is played by Jan Ravens, star of the BBC’s satirical show Dead Ringers.

    And on 26 April, Jan Ravens appears for one night only in a solo show at The Royal Exchange, Changing Faces, in which she talks about some of her famous impressions and reveals some of her trade secrets.

    Jenni talks to Brad Fraser and Jan Ravens.

    The Royal Exchange Theatre

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