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19/06/2012

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58 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 19 June 2012

Barbara Hulanicki the designer behind the swinging sixties fashion brand Biba, talks about the importance of design. How far have women's rights progressed in Egypt under the new regime? Have they improved, or been eroded since the revolution. Can a "toxic culture" explain why so many women leave the corporate world ? And after Lisa Brown, a US Democratic representative in Michigan, was recently thrown out of a local government debate on abortion for referring to her vagina we ask; why can't women use the word "vagina" in US politics? Did Michigan politicians react to the word itself or the increasingly polarised debate on abortion?

Presenter Jane Garvey.
Producer Martha Owen.

Chapters

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  • Women’s Rights In Egypt

    To discuss women’s rights in Egypt, Jane Garvey speaks to the BBC’s Yolande Knell and the US-Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy in Cairo, and to the journalist Nabila Ramdani in London.

  • Barbara Hulanicki

    Jane speaks to Barbara Hulanicki - the designer behind the swinging sixties fashion brand Biba, now designing affordable high street fashion.

  • Women in Business - Toxic Culture

    Jane is joined by former International Sales Director Sonya Morton Firth, Wendy Kerr, Business Coach of Corporate Crossovers, and Tabi Haller-Jorden, Managing Director of Catalyst Europe.

  • ‘Vagina’

    To discuss the use of the word ‘vagina’ in US politics and the debate on abortion, Jane talks to journalist Hadley Freeman, and to Felicity Spector, who writes about US affairs for Channel 4 News.

  • Women's Rights In Egypt

    Women were a big part of Egypt’s Arab Spring protests, coming out onto the streets and making their voices heard as they called for a new Egypt. But now, following the dissolution of the recently elected Islamist parliament last week and the weekend’s presidential elections - pitting the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood against the former Prime Minister of the old regime - how far have women’s rights progressed? Have they improved at all, or have they in fact been eroded since the revolution? Jane Garvey speaks to the BBC’s Yolande Knell and the US-Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy in Cairo, and to the journalist Nabila Ramdani in London.

  • Barbara Hulanicki

    Barbara Hulanicki was the designer behind the swinging sixties fashion brand Biba, with its miniskirts, smocks, and black and gold art deco labels. Her long career in design includes not just clothing, jewellery, and accessories, but wallpapers, paints, and textiles. She has enjoyed two decades as an interior designer, working on some of the world’s most glamorous hotels, but she has also now returned to her roots, designing affordable fashion for the ASDA George range and for Topshop. Barbara Hulanicki joins Jane Garvey to tell her about the changing importance of design in our lives.

  • Women In Business

    A new survey shows that the main reason why women entrepreneurs leave their corporate jobs is that they are fed up with the toxic culture, and not with the glass ceiling as is widely believed. According to research by Corporate Crossovers, almost a quarter of women cited a culture clash as their main reason for leaving, while less than one per cent identify with the glass ceiling. So what can be done to reverse this trend, and how can women feel more supported in the corporate work place? We hear from former International Sales Director Sonya Morton Firth about her experiences, and Jane is joined by Wendy Kerr, Business Coach of Corporate Crossovers, and by Tabi Haller-Jorden, Managing Director from the company Catalyst Europe, which helps to advance women in corporate businesses.

  • Lisa Brown

    Last week Lisa Brown, a US Democratic Representative in Michigan, was thrown out of a local government debate on abortion for referring to her vagina, and banned from debates for the rest of the day. So why can’t women use the word ‘vagina’ in US politics? Did Michigan politicians react to the word itself, or the increasingly polarised debate on abortion? Jane talks to journalist Hadley Freeman and to Felicity Spector, who writes about US affairs for Channel 4 News.

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