Mary Portas; Vince Cable; Laurie Simmons

Mary Portas on the women working to save our high streets. Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills talks about women the representation of women at the top level in business. Has the Premier League made the right decision about Richard Scudamore?

American photographer Laurie Simmons on her series of pictures called "The Love Doll" which has been nominated for the Prix Pictet at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Jane talks to Laurie about her fascination with dolls, her long career and collaborating with her world-famous daughter, the actor and writer Lena Dunham.

And Judi Rhys from Arthritis Care talks about the long term impact of ignoring the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Jane Thurlow.

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How Long Before There’s a Woman on Every FTSE 100 Board?

All eyes are on the last company in the FTSE 100 which still has no female member on its board – the mining company Glencore Xstrata plc. There are reports that is has been looking for a qualified woman to appoint to a non-executive directorship. But does this attention distract from the need for wider efforts to increase the representation of women at the top level in business? Jane talks to Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills.   

Mary Portas

Mary Portas says high streets are finally improving and it's women who are driving that change.  Mary has written a new report highlighting how much has been achieved in the two years since she headed the coalition’s task force to improve town centres. She tells Jane why she thinks the high street is the heartbeat of a community and we meet Alison Stammers and Sara Scott – two women who have dedicated hours of their own time regenerating the place they live.

Sexism in Football

The Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee have been discussing the conduct and future of their Chief Executive. Sexist comments, made by Richard Scudamore in emails to a friend, were leaked more than a week ago.  Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson tells Jane how she thinks football should tackle sexism.

Photographer Laurie Simmons

Photographer Laurie Simmons

American photographer Laurie Simmons has always been fascinated by the relationship between what we see and what we believe.  Throughout her career she has photographed dolls in miniature sets that she crafts to look like real life homes. That was, until she came across a life-size Japanese love doll, so realistic and human that she could dispense of her tiny furniture and pose the doll around her own home. The series of pictures called “The Love Doll” has been nominated for the Prix Pictet Award at the Victoria and Albert museum. Laurie is also in London to open her exhibition about Kigurumi – people in Japan who dress up and act like dolls – at the Wilkinson Gallery. Jane talks to Laurie about her fascination with dolls, her long career and collaborating with her daughter Lena Dunham, the actor and writer of the hit series Girls.

The Fabulous World of Laurie Simmons, a retrospective of her work has opened at the Neues Museum, Nuremberg.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Women are three times more likely to suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis than men, but a study by Arthritis Care into the experience of pain and its impact on the lives of arthritis sufferers shows that women typically wait for a worse level of pain than men before seeking medical help. Many people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) do not take their treatments as prescribed and are often anxious and unwilling to discuss the full extent of their condition, especially younger sufferers.  Beth Rushmer was diagnosed with RA 18 months ago, aged just 32. She joins Jane along with Judi Rhys from Arthritis Care, to discuss the long term impact of ignoring the symptoms.    

RA Unspoken  

 

  

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
ProducerJane Thurlow
Interviewed GuestMary Portas
Interviewed GuestVince Cable
Interviewed GuestLaurie Simmons
Interviewed GuestJudi Rhys

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