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Susan Morgan - Navy Wren; Men in Hats; Manchester's Radical Women

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 16 November 2012

Susan Morgan: The Royal Navy's Longest Serving Wren, Men in Hats: What does a hat say about a man? From Peterloo to the Pankhursts; Manchester's Radical Women. The Woman's Hour Power List: We assume powerful women are people we have all heard of. We discuss those women who run public organisations and private companies most of us don't know about.


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  • Susan Morgan: The Royal Navy's longest serving wren

    The longest Serving Woman in the history of The Royal Navy has retired from active service after a 34 year career.  Warrant Officer First Class Susan Morgan joined the Wrens in 1978 aged 17, serving on five overseas postings and three ships as a Royal Navy police officer. She joins Jenni to talk about dropping anchor for a final time.

  • The Woman's Hour Power List: Powerful women you won't have heard of

    We assume that powerful women are people we know – but what about all those women who run private companies or public organisations? They’re often responsible for big budgets and hundreds or thousands of employees but we don’t always know their names. As part of our series to find the most powerful women in Britain Jenni is joined by Pam Jackson, a  Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the biggest accounting firms in the UK and Maria Balshaw, Director of the Whitworth Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery to discuss how much power and influence such women wield?

  • Manchester’s Radical Women

    From Peterloo to the Pankhursts, why has  Manchester been  such a fertile seedbed for  the women’s rights movement ?  Jenni explores the city’s   history of female  reformers   with Michael Herbert ,  a trustee of the Working Class Movement Library  and author of “Up Then Brave Women”: Manchester’s Radical Women 1819 – 1918.



    North West Labour History Society


  • Men in hats

    It wasn’t long ago that hats were part of every self-respecting man’s daily attire. But what leads a man to wear a hat today? Hat connoisseur, Robert Elms and woolly hat wearing, Justin Moorhouse, join me to discuss what a hat says about a man.

  • Premature babies

    Tomorrow is the second World Prematurity Day. It’s supported by global organisations including The World Health Organisation and Save the Children and will highlight the fact that premature birth is the biggest killer of new-born babies worldwide  - causing the deaths of more than one million babies each year.  The WHO say that 75% of these lives could be saved with some simple but effective, low-cost measures. To discuss the issues Jenni is joined by Dr Joy Lawn, Neonatologist and Director of Global Evidence & Policy for Save the Children.


    World Prematurity Day




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