Nazi women; architects; bereavement leave campaign
Country music singers Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman; women nominated for an architecture prize join Jane Garvey; bereavement leave campaigner Lucy Herd; is the menopause a taboo topic of conversation ? Nazi women are depicted in new novels by Jane Thynne and Meike Ziervogel.
Magda Goebbels, married to Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels killed her six children in May 1945 as Berlin was overrun by the Red Army. She wrote to her older son who was in a prisoner of war camp in north Africa that the children were “too good for the life that would follow”. Two novels published this month feature Magda Goebbels. The first, Black Roses set in 1933, explores the bizarre world of the Nazi wives as Nazi fervour grips the country; the second, Magda, set in 1945, explores the psychology of a woman who is driven to murder six of her children and then kill herself. Jane talks to the two authors, Jane Thynne and Meike Ziervogel
Women in Architecture
This Friday the Architect’s Journal announces its annual Women in Architecture awards. Jane is joined by Alison Brooks, is in the running for the title Woman Architect of the Year and Clare Devine, Chair of Women in Architecture. Despite more women dropping out of architecture than almost any other profession why could neither of them ever contemplate anything else?
Child Bereavement – should there be statutory leave for grieving parents?
Lucy Herd is campaigning for a change in the law to compel employers to give parents at least four weeks off work following the death of a child. Currently there is no fixed time period for such a bereavement and it is up to employers to exercise their discretion. Lucy Herd son’s Jack died at 23 months and she says that whilst many employers are sympathetic some only allow workers a minimum of three days leave.
Nashville Women in Country Music
More 4 is currently screening Callie Khouri’s (of Thelma & Louise fame) drama series Nashville set in the country music world. It features an older, established country legend fighting to keep her recording deal and place in the spotlight, while being challenged for her crown by an ambitious, sexy and younger pop star. But does this storyline accurately reflect the position of women in the country music industry? Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman from the group Little Big Town, who all live in Nashville, joined Jane in the studio.
Is the menopause a taboo subject?
Tracy Emin described the menopause as “a nightmare, an absolute nightmare. It makes you feel slightly dead”. Other women see the menopause as a liberating time and the beginning of a new life. But whatever your view, many see it as a taboo subject and find it hard to share the changes they are going through with their friends family and health professionals. Jenny Éclair, who is going through the menopause now and Jane Woyka, a GP and specialist in women’s health.