Presented by Jenni Murray. A Muslim Miss Universe GB? Women on Fleet Street - does it matter if only 26 per cent of reporters on national papers are women? And new play 5 @ 50.
With Jenni Murray including: Shanna Bukhari, the young woman from Blackburn who wants to be the first Muslim to represent Great Britain at this year's Miss Universe contest. Is entering a beauty contest a good way for a young British Muslim woman to use her freedoms when women in countries like Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia are denied many basic human rights? Women on Fleet Street - at last week's British Press Awards only 3 out of the 16 individual prizes went to women, and only two national newspapers are edited by women. Does it matter if women are so badly represented at the top end of Fleet Street? Rachel Beer, the first woman to edit a national newspaper back in 1894. And 5 @ 50 - a new play which looks at the lives of five women who've all been friends since school as they hit 50.
Muslim Miss Universe GB
Shanna Bukhari explains why she wants to be the first Muslim to represent GB at the Miss Universe contest. The writer Shelina Zahra Janmohamed and the barrister Rehna Azim discuss.
Rachel Beer in 1894 became editor of The Sunday Times. Her biographers Yehuda Koren and Eilat Negev join Jenni to discuss her life and pioneering achievements.
Fleet street females
Twitterer and national news reporter FleetStreetFox talks about life in a newsroom. Gaby Hinsliff, former Political Editor, Observer, and Anne Spackman, current Comment Editor at The Times discuss.
Brad Fraser’s play 5 @ 50 premiers this month in Manchester. The central character, Olivia, is played by Jan Ravens, star of the BBC’s satirical show Dead Ringers. She joins Jenni to discuss.
- Fri 15 Apr 2011 10:00