Amy Tan; Baroness Hale; Women's sexual behaviour; Parliamentarian of the year

Amy Tan, novelist; Baroness Hale, the most senior woman in the British judiciary; Psychotherapist and writer Susie Orbach, Ellie Mae O'Hagen and Professor Dame Anne Johnson discuss how women's sexual behaviour has changed in the last ten years; Parliamentarian of the Year, Natascha Engle, and Campaigner of the Year, Stella Creasy, talk about life as a woman in Parliament. Jenni Murray presents.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Beverley Purcell.

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Power Lister Baroness Brenda Hale

Lady Hale is Deputy President of the Supreme Court. Her role makes her the most senior female judge in British legal history and she remains the first and only woman to sit on the UK's highest court. Educated in the state school system, she won a state scholarship to Cambridge. The first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, she spent ten years re-defining the face of family law – an area she specialised in. She has been an outspoken critic of the lack of women and diversity in the judiciary, particularly at the highest levels.

The Female Face of Democracy

This week two Labour MPs received awards from the Political Studies Association. Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow was named Campaigner of the Year for highlighting the devastating impact of payday loans companies and Natascha Engel, Chair of the Backbench Select Committee was given the title of Parliamentarian of the Year for her work championing the rights of backbenchers. Both are here to discuss their roles and why several of their female contemporaries are leaving politics.

Women and their Changing Sexual Behaviour

According to the latest National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles the changes in sexual behaviour  that have taken place over the last ten years have mostly taken place within the lives of women. We are continuing to have sex in later life but less than half of women aged 65 to 74 have a sexual partner. Women have almost as many partners as men now but overall we are having less sex, and a significant rise in women having same-sex partners. To discuss why, Jenni is joined by Professor Dame Anne Johnson of University College London who was a lead on this survey, psychotherapist and writer Susie Orbach and Guardian columnist Ellie Mae O’Hagan.

Amy Tan

Amy Tan, bestselling writer of The Joy Luck Club, the Kitchen God’s Wife and three other novels, has a new book out after nearly eight years.  The Valley of Amazement is an ambitious historical novel spanning nearly fifty years from the end of the nineteenth century through to the start of the Second World War.  It moves between America and China but the main story is set in Shanghai in the early twentieth century, told through the voice of Violet Minturn, daughter of the American mistress of Shanghai’s most exclusive courtesan house. Amy Tan joins Jenni in the studio.


Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestAmy Tan
Interviewed GuestBrenda Hale
Interviewed GuestAnne Johnson
Interviewed GuestSusie Orbach
Interviewed GuestNatascha Engel
Interviewed GuestStella Creasy
ProducerBeverley Purcell
EditorEleanor Garland

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