Single by Choice; Power List - Angela Merkel; Female Police Commissioners; Lesbian Life Today
For our power list we have been looking at key players in the UK, but one woman who dominates Europe is Angela Merkel. She's been described as Europe's 'Iron Lady' but what sort of woman exactly is Angela Merkel? Jenni speaks to Margaret Heckel, who has written a biography of her. It's two months on since the new Police and Crime Commissioners were sworn in. Only six of the forty-one successful candidates are women. Jenni speaks to three of them to find out how the experience has turned out for them and how useful the new post proved so far? As the 200th edition of Diva magazine is published we look at how the experience of being a lesbian has changed since its first publication in 1994. All this week Woman's Hour has been be looking at singleness. Today Jenni discusses being single by choice.
Power List - Angela Merkel
For our power list we have been looking at key players in the UK, but one woman who dominates Europe is Angela Merkel. This year will be a challenging one for her as she heads towards elections in the autumn. Angela Merkel has been the chancellor of Germany since 2005, she is the first woman and the first former East German to hold that post. This is the third time that she is facing election. She's been described as Europe’s 'Iron Lady' but what sort of woman exactly is Angela Merkel? Jenni speaks to Margaret Heckel, who has written a biography of Angela Merkel.
Women Police and Crime Commissioners
It’s two months since the new Police and Crime Commissioners were sworn in, replacing the old police authorities and in theory giving the public more of say in the way in which we’re policed. Six of the forty-one successful candidates were women, who’ve had two months to settle into the role. So how has the experience turned out for them, and more importantly how useful has the new post proved for a public who at the time of the elections seemed decidedly unenthusiastic, with a record-breaking average turnout of just 15%.
Jenni is joined by Sue Mountstevens, the Independent PCCfor Avon and Somerset, Labour’s Jane Kennedy commissioner for Merseyside and Conservative Julia Mulligan from North Yorkshire.
Singles - feedback
Single by Choice
Almost a third of all homes in the UK are occupied by a single person and the trend for single occupancy is predicted to rise. With growing numbers of people choosing to live alone – deliberately, rather than through romantic failure - Jenni discusses being single by choice with author, Carol Clewlow, journalist, Emma Cowing and writer, James Friel.
Lesbian Life Today
The lesbian magazine Diva has been running since 1994 and is set to publish its 200th edition. In the week Jodie Foster made her coming out speech at the Golden Globes, we’ll find out how life for lesbians has changed over the last two decades. Jenii is joined by the editor of Diva magazine, Jane Czyzselska and author, Stella Duffy to discuss how life has changed for lesbians over the last 20 years.