Martha Stewart, Saturday jobs, school days and the life of Eva Gore Booth

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Presented by Jenni Murray. Martha Stewart has been called an "American icon" and the "High Priestess of Homemaking". She became one of the world's most successful businesswomen by elevating the domestic chore into an art form, making entertaining both elegant and affordable. Since the publication of her first book "Entertaining" in 1982 her influence on American culture has been unequalled and Time magazine has called her "one of the 25 most influential people in America". Eva Gore Booth was born in 1870 into Anglo-Irish landed gentry in the West of Ireland. But she dramatically rejected her aristocratic heritage to fight for social justice and political rights for poor women workers in Manchester . Sonja Tiernan is the author of the first dedicated biography about Gore Booth, and she joins Jenni in the studio to explore the life of this extraordinary woman. When you're a teenager having a Saturday job brings a measure of financial independence, a sense of responsibility and a chance to experience life in the real world. But the number of young people working Saturday jobs has halved since the mid-90s. Are teenagers missing out on an important rite of passage?

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Fri 5 Oct 2012 10:00

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