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Woman or lady? Bidisha and Rachel Johnson discuss; Saira Shah; Joanna Adams

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First broadcast:
Tuesday 26 March 2013

Joanna Adams from England Netball talks about getting girls playing more sport. Should we call women "ladies"? Rachel Johnson and Bidisha debate. Saira Shah's novel The Mouse-Proof Kitchen draws on her experiences of bringing up a disabled child. Can meditation in schools help stressed teenagers cope better with exams?


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  • Persuading the young to persevere with Netball

    Almost every woman has played netball at some time in her life – and it continues to remain a popular sport - with around 160,000 women playing the game every week.  But it’s difficult persuading teenage girls to persevere with sport. Joanna Adams, Head of Marketing, Commercial & Events at Netball England  joins Jane to talk about some new ways of getting girls engaged with the sport.
  • How to be a Lady

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    What is the origin of the term lady?  Are you born a lady, or can you learn to be a lady? How has being “ladylike,” changed over the years?   Rachel Johnson, former editor of The Lady magazine investigates “How to be a Lady,” for a programme on BBC4. Bidisha and Sara Sheridan provide a feminist and historical perspective.

    How to be a Lady: An Elegant History is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 9pm.

  • Saira Shah

    Saira Shah

    Saira Shah is an award-winning writer, war reporter and documentary film maker whose work includes the film “Beneath the Veil” and “Death in Gaza”.   Her latest work is a novel, in which a couple learn their daughter Freya has been born with profound mental and physical disabilities.   Saira joins Jane to discuss the story about family, love and life in a decrepit mouse-infested farmhouse in rural France - a story inspired by her own experience.

    The Mouseproof Kitchen, published 4 April, 2013, by Harvill Secker


  • Meditation in schools

    Some school children face a tough time of hard work, long hours and immense stress preparing for exams while others don’t seem to feel the pressure at all.  Pupils at St James Senior Girls School use meditation to cope with their exams.  The practice is central to the school’s ethos and pupils meditate at the morning assembly.  Milena, Roshni and Florence say how it helps them focus their minds and Jane is joined by education consultant Gill Hines.

  • Martha Lane Fox: Youngest female peer

     Martha Lane Fox, featured in the Woman's Hour Power List will be introduced to the House of Lords today as the youngest female peer. The forty year old co-founder of travel website lastminute.com, who is also David Cameron's "digital champion", will sit on thecrossbenches as a non-political member. Back in 2006 she told Jenni about setting up her business, aged 25


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