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80 years of red nail varnish, Elaine C Smith, Joyce Banda, older au-pairs, and the history of women's Cricket

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58 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 13 April 2012

As Joyce Banda becomes only the second female head of state in Africa - she's President of Malawi - we ask who are the rising female stars of the Continent? Elaine C Smith on playing Susan Boyle on stage. The German pensioners coming to Britain as aupairs.The history of women's cricket and 80 years of red nail varnish. Presented by Jenni Murray.

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  • Joyce Banda and Women in African Politics

    Joyce Banda - the new President of Malawi and the second female African head of state. And Malawian journalist Veronica Maele and Professor David Anderson discuss women's role in African politics.

  • Elaine C Smith

    Elaine C Smith joins Jenni to discuss her portrayal of singer Susan Boyle in the stage show I Dreamed A Dream: The Susan Boyle Musical

  • Older Au-Pairs

    A new agency in Hamburg is placing older women as au-pairs in families, so Abby Darcy went to meet some of the first to come to the UK.

  • The History of Women's Cricket

    As Jamie’s girlfriend wants to join the cricket team on The Archers, Raf Nicholson - a PhD student studying women’s cricket - got in touch to discuss the history of the women's game in England.

  • 80 Years of Red Nail Varnish

    To discuss red nail varnish, Jenni is joined by Madeleine Marsh, social historian and author of The History of Compacts and Cosmetics

  • 80 Years of Red Nail Varnish

    In 1932, brothers Charles and Joseph Revson paired up with a chemist called Charles Lachman to create the first glossy red nail varnish. It was called ‘Cherries in the Snow’ and it's still sold today. The advances in technology that had created the high gloss automobile paints of the 20s enabled Revlon to produce glossy paint specifically for nails. But it was with the arrival of Technicolor in the film industry that women began to put colour on their nails and that sales of nail varnish really began to take off. Today, in a time of recession, nail varnish sales have risen by over 50% as women chose to treat themselves to smart ‘tips and lips’ when they can’t afford any other pampering luxuries. Jenni is joined by Madeleine Marsh; Social historian and author of ‘The History of Compacts & Cosmetics’

  • Elaine C Smith

    Elaine C Smith

    I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Musical, is the stage story of Susan Boyle’s rise from a small Scottish village to international stardom. The show is currently touring nationwide and its star, Elaine C Smith joins Jenni to discuss her portrayal of the woman known as Su-bo.

    The Susan Boyle Musical: I Dreamed a Dream
  • Older Au-Pairs

    The term Au-pair is French for 'equal to'. But can young aupairs - generally in their early twenties & often with little experience of childcare or housekeeping, hope to be on an equal footing with the parent or couple hiring them? A new agency is now shifting the balance by placing older women as au-pairs in families. It's the first agency of its kind, is based in Hamburg and has 500 women aged over 50 on its books - all eager to get out and see the world, and do a little childcare on the side. Abby Darcy went to meet some of the first to come to the UK.

  • Joyce Banda and Women in African Politics

    Joyce Banda has just become the second female head of state in Africa. She’s the new President of Malawi. Although she’s still one of only a handful of women who hold power on the Continent, she's among a growing number who are moving into positions of influence. We ask who are the leading female lights in African politics and what they might mean for Africa’s future?

  • The History of Women's Cricket

    On Radio 4's The Archers, Jamie’s girlfriend wants to join the cricket team, and coach Alistair is shocked. But women in fact, have a long history of playing cricket in England and The Archers' current storyline has prompted Woman’s Hour listener Raf Nicholson to get in touch with us. Raf is a 2nd year PhD student, studying the history of women’s cricket in England. She joins Jenni to discuss the surprisingly long history of the women's game in England and its golden age.

    Raf's Blog - Women in Cricket

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