Misogyny in football, Making the first move and Alice Wheeldon

Presented by Jenni Murray. Meryl Streep explains how playing Margaret Thatcher helped change her view of the former PM and gave her a new respect for what she achieved. The Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been found guilty of racism against Manchester United's, Patrice Evra. The full FA report shows that the row began when Evra made an obscene remark about Suarez's sister. But why does racism cause a furore while sexism and misogyny among players and fans goes on seemingly unchallenged? Ninety five years ago a woman from Derby was accused of attempting to poison the Liberal Prime Minister, Lloyd George. Alice Wheeldon, a suffragette and a supporter of conscientious objectors, was sentenced to ten years in prison, but released after a year after going on hunger strike. Attempts are now being made to clear her name, but why does the case still have such resonance almost a century later? This year is a leap year when traditionally a woman can ask a man on a date, or even make a marriage proposal. But how many women would be prepared to pop the question, and would a man find it acceptable?

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