Marriage certificates; Tourette's; football coach Pia Sundhage

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Marriage certificates - are they sexist, outdated, or just a piece of paper? Family historian and record specialist Audrey Collins explains the law, and Caroline Criado-Perez tells us why it needs to change.

Plus Tourette's and children - we hear from families living with Tourette's on how it also affects children, who can develop the condition from six or seven years of age.

Football coach Pia Sundage - as Portugal's Helena Costa is set to become the highest profile female manager of a European men's team, we hear from one of the very best women coaches in the game.

Julia Gibson Cranch - the mental health therapist talks about her work helping children and young people with personality disorder.

And Eleanor Marx - the daughter of communism's Karl Marx, dedicated campaigner and feminist. Biographer Rachel Holmes describes her extraordinary life.

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Marriage Certificates - Are They Sexist?

The format of the English and Welsh marriage certificate has remained unchanged since the Births and Deaths Registration Act of 1837. Besides the names of those getting married, it only requires the name and occupation of their fathers, not the mothers. So is this an antiquated and needlessly discriminatory state of affairs, or are complaints a fuss about nothing – after all it’s just a piece of paper? Journalist, Caroline Criado-Perez discusses why she believes a change is necessary, and Audrey Collins, family historian and record specialist, explains why the law remains as it is.

Julia Gibson-Cranch

Personality disorder is a very severe mental health condition, with symptoms including extreme mood swings, depression and self-destructive behaviour. Many feel it’s an area consistently overlooked by the UK health care system. Jane Garvey talks to mental health therapist Julia Gibson Cranch about her long career working with children and young people, and her work at The Anna Freud Centre, which offers treatment to families - supporting parents and helping them to look after their children safely.

Tourettes and Children

Tourettes syndrome is misunderstood  – a situation not helped by the media’s fixation with people living with Tourettes who swear uncontrollably. In fact, only ten per cent of people with Tourettes swear - the other ninety per cent exhibit a mix of verbal and motor tics, ranging from head nods to chest beating, random words and noises – and often comes hand in hand with a range of other conditions, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The condition affects 300 000 people in the UK, is more common in boys, and usually presents at around six or seven years of age. While symptoms – which often peak in the teenage years - can subside and even disappear, in two thirds of cases it never goes away. Catherine Carr went to an event for families living with Tourettes, held at Tate Britain and organised by the group Tourettes Hero. The idea behind the project was to offer a fun and easy day out, by allowing visitors to adjust their surroundings to suit their condition.


Jessica Thom talking on Woman's Hour on life with Tourettes

Eleanor Marx

A new biography of Eleanor Marx, the spirited daughter of the father of communism, Karl Marx, reveals that she was a pioneering and immensely hardworking socialist and feminist. Her life is packed with exceptional achievements, as she ceaselessly campaigned and organised, and set out to make a difference from her very early days as a child. But her personal life was full of tragedy - she was let down and betrayed by the men she loved, including by her own father. Jane Garvey talks to Rachel Holmes about bringing Eleanor to life in her new biography, Eleanor Marx, A Life.


Eleanor Marx, A Life, by Rachel Holmes is published by Bloomsbury


Listen to Radio 4’s Book Of The Week serialisation of Eleanor Marx, A Life

Pia Sundhage

Last week it was announced that Portugal’s Helena Costa is to become the highest profile female manager of a European men's team - next season she’s going to be the head coach of French second division team Clermont Foot. But as Helena forges a career in the men’s game, she must surely owe a debt of gratitude to the female coaches who’ve gone before in women’s football. One of the best of those is Pia Sundhage. When she was nine, Pia was given a boys name by the coach of her local boys team, because girls didn’t play competitive football in Sweden in the 1960s. But at the age of 15 she made her first appearance for Sweden’s national women’s team, and 40 years later Pia is now one of the most successful coaches ever in the women’s game. She’s won two Olympic gold medals as manager of the US women’s football team, was named 2012 FIFA World Coach of the Year, and in December 2012 she became the head coach of Sweden’s national women’s football team. Jane Garvey interviewed Pia Sundhage last month for The Managers - a series of interviews with top coaches of the world, currently being broadcast on the BBC World Service.


Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
Interviewed GuestJulia Gibson-Cranch
Interviewed GuestRachel Holmes
Interviewed GuestPia Sundhage
Interviewed GuestCaroline Criado-Perez
Interviewed GuestAudrey Collins
ProducerLaura Northedge

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