Alice Walker; Judy Murray; MPs job-sharing?

How practical would it be for MPs to job share? Award winning novelist Alice Walker and director Pratibha Parmar discuss a new film about her life called Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. How much does the loss of a mother affect a daughter? Playwright Lucy Gannon and bereavement and emotional therapist Maureen Fearon discuss the loss of their mothers and the impact it has had on their lives. And the defence of marital coercion, Angela Epstein talks about the use of this obscure law following the conviction of Vicky Pryce. Presented by Sheila McClennon.

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Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth

On Sunday a new film “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth” has its world premiere at Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World festival in London.  Shelia McClennon talks to Alice Walker and its director Pratibha Parmar about the film about her life.


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MPs job sharing?

The Liberal Democrat spring conference opens in Brighton this week and in one of their closed sessions they will be discussing the idea of MPs job sharing. It's one suggestion in a new policy consultation document aimed at getting more women into Parliament - but how realistic is it to ask two MPs to share a constituency? What happens if they disagree on how to vote on a matter of conscience? And, how would they divide parliamentary and constituency duties? To discuss the issues, Sheila McClennon is joined by Dr Ruth Fox, Director of the Hansard Society, and by former Labour MP Julia Drown who left Parliament in 2005 because she found her work as an MP incompatible with family life.

Motherless daughters

How much affect does the loss of a mother have on the daughter they leave behind and influence the relationship they have with their own children? Shelia McClennon talks to playwright Lucy Gannon and Maureen Fearon, a bereavement and emotional therapist, about the impact the loss of their mothers have had on their lives. 

Judy Murray

To mark International Women's Day, BBC Sport has surveyed 400 elite sportswomen in the UK. The results show that many cannot make a living from their sport and do not get the coaching support they feel they need. Perhaps the most surprising finding is that there is a severe lack of female coaches – only 9% of British coaches for London 2012 were women. Judy Murray, one of our most high profile female coaches, joins Sheila to discuss the lack of female coaches in sport.

Marital Coercion

Angela Epstein, co-author of “The Art of the Loophole: Making the Law Work For You.” talks about the defence ‘marital coercion’ as Vicky Pryce is found guilty of perverting the course of justice by taking speeding points on behalf of her former husband Chris Huhne.

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