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Mary Robinson, Labour Women Voters, Attica Locke

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 September 2012

Mary Robinson joins Jenni to talk about her career as the first woman President of Ireland, her work at the UN and her human rights campaigns. How do political parties come up with labels such as 'Worcester Woman ' or 'Soccer Mom' and does it help them to attract women's votes? A campaign to improve school toilets wants to see the same standards apply to children's toilets as to teachers. And Attica Locke talks about her new book set on a Louisiana plantation turned museum, where African-American actors play slaves and modern tourists see a glossy interpretation of the past.
Presented by Jenni Murray
Produced by Kirsty Starkey.

Chapters

5 items
  • Mary Robinson

    Mary Robinson joins Jenni to talk about her career as a human rights campaigner, the first woman President of Ireland and her work at the UN.

  • Attica Locke

    Attica Locke talks about her book The Cutting Season set on a plantation turned museum, where African-American actors play slaves and tourists see a glossy interpretation of the past.

  • School Toilets

    Jenni discusses a campaign to improve school loos with Natasha Collins-Daniel from the Bog Standard Campaign & parent Kerry Goding.

  • Ballgowns: Queen Mother

    Judi Herman visit the Ballgowns exhibition at the V&A and is shown a Norman Hartnell Design for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother dating from Coronation Year 1953.

  • Attracting Women Voters

    How do political parties attract women's votes? Jenni discusses with Dr Rosie Campbell, senior lecturer at Birkbeck University.

  • Mary Robinson

    The human rights campaigner, Mary Robinson is one of Ireland's most internationally renowned public figures – spending her life in pursuit of a fairer world. During her years as an Irish senator and lawyer she fought battles to liberalise the laws on contraception, women on juries and legal aid. She was the first female President of Ireland, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chair of the Council of World Leaders. Her memoirs have just been published and she joins Jenni to discuss her life and career.

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  • Attica Locke

    US author Attica Locke was widely praised for her Orange Prize shortlisted novel Black Water Rising, which dealt with civil rights in America. Now the setting for her new crime thriller is a Louisiana plantation turned museum and party venue, where African-American actors play slaves, and modern tourists see a glossy interpretation of the past and buy souvenirs and coffee table books. Caren Gray is a descendant of the plantation’s slave population but has now risen to become the manager. However when the body of a murdered immigrant sugarcane worker appears she starts to uncover difficult secrets. It’s a murder mystery which touches on how America reconciles its past with its future, politics, race, the law, and immigration. Attica Locke joins Jenni Murray to describe the inspiration and themes behind her new novel, and the changing racial landscape in America today.

    The Cutting Season by Attica Locke will be published by Serpent’s Tail on 13 September 2012.

  • Attracting Women Voters

    'Soccer mom’, ‘Worcester Woman’, ‘the squeezed middle’ – political labels that sum up a certain demographic. But how useful are they to winning women’s votes? As party conference season approaches, Jenni talks to Dr Rosie Campbell, senior lecturer at Birkbeck University, and asks if it's possible to talk about women as one voting group; and find out how parties come up with their target demographics.

  • School Toilets - Should there be regulations to maintain standards?

    With most children back at school now, how many parents are hearing complaints about the state of school toilets? The Bog Standard Campaign says many pupils have to put up with toilets that don’t lock, no soap and inadequate cleaning. Its lobbying for regulations that make sure school toilets reach the same standards as those for teachers – which are covered by workplace legislation. Jenni is joined by Natasha Collins-Daniel from the Bog Standard Campaign and Kerry Goding, a parent of an eight year old, to discuss the issues.

    Bog Standard
  • Ballgowns - Queen Mother

    If you go to the V & A Fashion Galleries, prepare to be dazzled by the current exhibition. Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950 is a spectacular display of more than 60 creations by some of Britain’s finest designers of the last 60 years, from Norman Hartnell to Alexander McQueen, proving that the tradition of the Evening Gown continues to inspire their creative genius. In the first of a series on these very “best dresses”, co-curators Sonnet Stanfill and Oriole Cullen show Judi Herman a landmark Norman Hartnell Design for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother dating from Coronation Year 1953.

    Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 continues at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 6 January 2013.

    Ballgowns at the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Ballgowns

    Ballgowns

    Close up of the embroidery on the Queen Mother's dress. (c) V&A Images.

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