Female street names; Vicars' daughters
Why are so few streets named after women? The Fiona Doyle Irish rape case controversy. A growing number of men have been signing an online pledge refusing to take part in web technology conferences if there are no women speakers. How are vicars' daughters affected by growing up in the manse? Presented by Jenni Murray.
There’s a Europe wide campaign to get more streets named after women. It began a year ago in Italy where it’s estimated that only 3% of streets currently boast a woman’s name compared with over 30% named after men. Who deserves her own street? Jenni asks Claudia Antolini of ‘Toponomastica Femminile’ in Rome and Manchester based historian, Jonathan Schofield.
Male Geeks Rise Up for Women
At present, only 30% of computing jobs are filled by women and when it comes to the number of female speakers at computer conferences, the figure is much, much smaller. In an attempt to address this problem, men are now signing an online pledge to boycott conferences where there are no women on the panel. But just how effective can this tactic be? Should men be doing more to get women and girls into computing? And does the problem really lie with conference organisers or in the fact that just not enough girls are taking computer studies at school? Jenni talks to Aral Balkan, a web designer, who has signed the pledge, to 13 year old Amy who loves computer programming and to Dr Tom Crick, Chair of Computing at School in Wales.