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Presented by Jenni Murray. The handbag: a symbol of female power and style? International Day of the Midwife; 7/7 inquest verdict; the New Hall Art Collection.

Presented by Jenni Murray. As one of Margaret Thatcher's iconic handbags goes under the hammer for charity we look at how she used her famous accessories as a secret weapon and symbol of female power. The inquest verdicts on the 7/7 London bombings are due to be announced tomorrow we look at how its effect on victims and their families. News about Europe's largest collection of contemporary women's art - the New Hall Art Collection - as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. And to mark International Day of the Midwife we hear from former American Peace Corps worker Kris Holloway who spent two years working alongside village midwife Monique Dembele. As a tribute to her she's written about her time there.

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45 minutes

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Thu 5 May 2011 10:00


  • 7/7's psychological impact

    One of those who died was 24-year-old Jenny Nicholson. Her mother Julie joins Jenni along with Dr Jennifer Wild, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at King's College, London

    Duration: 12:23

  • The power of the handbag

    How much did Margaret Thatcher use her bag as a secret weapon and a symbol of female power?

    Duration: 09:49

  • The New Hall Art Collection

    This year sees the 25th anniversary of Europe’s largest collection of contemporary women’s art – the New Hall Art Collection – which is held at Murray Edwards College in Cambridge.

    Duration: 12:58

  • Celebrating the work of the midwife

    Today is International Day of the Midwife. In Mali, West Africa, women on average have seven children and the risk of death during pregnancy and childbirth is one of the highest in the world.

    Duration: 06:21


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