Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on flexible working
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg tells Jane Garvey about the Government’s latest plans for woman in the work place. New legislation is planned which will extend flexible working to all employees and changes to the rules on flexible parental leave which will enable both parents to share up to a year’s leave to look after a baby is born.
This may be welcome news for many hard pressed families juggling work and home commitments, but will it bring additional benefits and boost the economy in the way the government claims? And how easy is it for businesses - especially smaller ones - to accommodate the new legislation? We hear from the Federation of Small Businesses.
Judy Chicago is an artist, writer and activist whose work set the agenda for women's art over the past five decades. A pioneering force who came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s, she helped re-shaped the male-dominated art landscape by creating innovative work from a woman’s perspective. Her major pieces include: The Dinner Party, The Birth Project and The Holocaust Project. She now has a series of exhibitions and events in the UK for the first time since 1985. She joins Jane to talk about her career, her latest works and her legacy.
Three sisters: A story of abuse
Joyce, June and Paula Kavanagh are three sisters from Dublin. In 1990, when they were adults, their father was convicted and imprisoned for sexually abusing them, throughout their childhood. Two years later they went public and on national television with their story. The show was lauded and they were nominated for Women of the Year. Now twenty years on, they’ve told their story in a new book ‘Click Click’. They join Jane to discuss and explain their refusal to allow their abuse to define them.
Women in the workplace
Women’s progress - or lack of it - in the workplace will come under the scrutiny of parliament with the launch today of an inquiry lasting three months. The cross-party Business Innovation and Skills committee will be looking at whether the legislation meant to tackle inequality is really working. Among the leading figures that’ll be called to give evidence before the parliamentary inquiry are Anya Hindmarch, Dame Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Heather MacGregor, Margaret Mountford and Hilary Devey, as well as Government ministers and organisations. Labour MP Ann McKechin will join Jane Garvey to discuss what the inquiry will look at.
Follow this link to submit evidence directly to the BIS Committee’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Women in the Workplace