Elif Shafak on Turkey; Music industry; Tory candidate selections; Accents over the years

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Dr Sarah Wollaston MP joins Jenni to talk about whether the Conservatives are doing enough to increase the number of women candidates selected to run at the next election.

Female performers are hugely visible in the music industry - but what of those behind the scenes? We look at the work of women in business and technical roles.

Turkey is one of the world's fastest growing economies. However, with just one in four women looking for work, economic participation is the lowest of all the MINT countries. Elif Shafak and Alev Scott join us to discuss life for women in Turkey today.

And we delve into the Woman's Hour archive to hear how the accents of our guests and presenters have changed.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Rebecca Myatt
Editor: Ruth Watts.

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Thu 9 Jan 2014 10:00

Conservatives Selection Process: where are the women?

To date only 30% of candidates selected to fight seats for the Conservatives at the next election are female. Jenni is joined by Dr Sarah Wollaston Conservative MP for Totnes and Times columnist, Alice Thomson to discuss why, despite reports of David Cameron’s frustration with the situation, women continue to be passed over in constituencies and what needs to happen to reverse this pattern.

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How have women’s voices changed in broadcasting over the past 60 years?

The Woman’s Hour collection is an archive of interviews from notable women from 63 years of the programme. The whole collection is available to listen online on the Woman’s Hour website.  Each week we will be broadcasting one of the interviews and making it available as a download.  One of the earliest recordings is from 1946 with the actress Dame Lillian Braithwaite. Anne Karpf joins Jenni to discuss how and why women’s voices and accents in broadcasting have changed over the years.

MINT Economies: Turkey

In the last of the Woman’s Hour discussions about the reality for women in each of the emerging MINT economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey, today Jenni Murray turns to Turkey to find out why women’s economic participation is the lowest of all the MINT countries? Despite being one of the world’s fastest growing economies only one in four women are in or looking for work. Jenni is joined by the writers and commentators Elif Shafak and Alev Scott.

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Women in the Music Industry

British female artists have dominated the music industry over recent years with Emeli Sande, Adele, Susan Boyle and Amy Winehouse leading the way in album sales. But what about on the other side of the mixing desk?  What do the women do behind the scenes? What goes on in the world of A&R, what do you do as a record producer and how does an engineer spend her day? Jenni talks to three women at the top of their game within the world of music. Guests: Jo Charrington, Amy Morgan and Mandy Parnell.


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Role Contributor
PresenterJenni Murray
Interviewed GuestElif Shafak
Interviewed GuestAlev Scott
Interviewed GuestSarah Wollaston
Interviewed GuestAmy Morgan
Interviewed GuestMandy Parnell
Interviewed GuestJo Charrington
Interviewed GuestAnne Karpf
ProducerRebecca Myatt
EditorRuth Watts

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