Radical feminism; Children and bereavement

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Radical Feminism - do we need it? Children and bereavement. What the latest research into Tamoxifen means for women in remission from breast cancer. Mentoring to inspire girls at primary school to aspire to go to university. Mary Lily Walker, pioneer for women's rights in Scotland. With Jenni Murray.

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Radical Feminism

Radical Feminists from around the world will be meeting in London this weekend for RadFem 2013. The conference has attracted protests from men’s rights activists as well as those who claim the event is transphobic, and one venue has even pulled out. So what is radical feminism, what is behind the resurgence of the movement associated with the 1970s, and what does it contribute to the modern debate about equality? Jenni is joined by Finn Mackay, feminist researcher and activist, and by Laurie Penny, feminist author and Contributing Editor at the New Statesman.

Mary Lily Walker

It is often remarked that history is written by men and so the great women of the past are sometimes forgotten. A group of volunteers in Dundee thinks that one such ‘forgotten woman’ is Mary Lily Walker, the social reformer who brought about massive change to the lives of women and children in industrial Dundee at the turn of the twentieth century. Although she died suddenly, just five days before reaching her 50th birthday, Mary’s ideas about maternity leave, childcare, tackling poverty, and preventing child mortality lived on long after her death and had an influence on the creation of the National Health Service. Jenni is joined by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, a Developmental Psychologist from Dundee, who has been campaigning for greater recognition of Mary and her work,100 years on from her death in 1913.

Mentoring Primary School Girls

The Government has announced new measures designed to encourage girls and their parents to be more ambitious about their education and career prospects, however one initiative already operating is Mosaic Mentoring. They take female mentors into primary schools where they lead sessions with girls and their mothers to show them the wide range of career choices and educational opportunities open to them, and to boost the girls’ confidence. Reporter Louise Adamson met pupils and parents who had recently completed the Mosaic programme at Leigh Junior School in Birmingham.

Tamoxifen and Breast Cancer

A new study by Cancer Research UK looking at the benefits of breast cancer drug tamoxifen for women with tumours fuelled by oestrogen, has found that those taking it for ten years - rather than the recommended five - are better protected from recurrence and less likely to die from the disease. Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive of the Breast Cancer Campaign, joins Jenni to explain the impact of the research on future cancer treatment.

BBC Radio 4 Inside Health - Breast Cancer and Tamoxifen

Children and Bereavement

Up to 70 per cent of schools have a bereaved pupil in their care at any given time. How does a child’s understanding of death develop? And what would be most helpful in normalising death and helping support bereaved children? Jenni talks to Hannah Eaton, primary school learning mentor and author of the book Naming Monsters, and to Heather Butler, part-time primary school teacher and author of the educational resource Helping Children Think About Bereavement.


Naming Monsters by Hannah Eaton is published by Myriad Editions at the end of June


Helping Children Think about Bereavement by Heather Butler is published by Routledge this month in partnership with Child Bereavement UK


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestFinn Mackay
Interviewed GuestLaurie Penny
Interviewed GuestHannah Easton
Interviewed GuestHeather Butler
Interviewed GuestDelyth Morgan
ProducerRuth Watts
EditorAlice Feinstein

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