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Women in Egypt; Emma Pooley

Women in Egypt. Angry women in fiction. Is it time for a women's Tour de France? Jane Garvey presents the female perspective on the world.

Women in Egypt. Emma Pooley on why she thinks it's time for a women's Tour de France. Angry women in fiction with Clare Massud and Joanna Briscoe. How to be an Ambitious Woman - lessons from the Woman's Hour Power List with Heather McGregor. Jamila Abbas on her new app for African farmers. Presented by Jane Garvey.

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45 minutes


  • Women In Egypt

    Independent journalist in Cairo Shahira Amin on women in Egypt in the political turmoil

    Duration: 05:53

  • Angry Women In Fiction

    Claire Messud and Joanna Briscoe on Nora Eldridge and other angry women in literature

    Duration: 09:22

  • Women’s Tour De France

    British cyclist Emma Pooley on why there should be a female stage of the Tour de France

    Duration: 06:55

  • Be Ambitious

    MD, writer & presenter Heather McGregor & careers consultancy Chief Executive Penny DeValk

    Duration: 11:04

  • Jamila Abass

    Jamila Abass on her mobile phone app for farmers in rural Kenya

    Duration: 07:29

Women In Egypt

Women were a big part of Egypt’s Arab Spring protests, coming out onto the streets and making their voices heard as they called for a new Egypt. But following the ousting of President Morsi, the country’s first freely elected leader, how have women’s rights progressed? Tens of thousands of protesters have been taking to the streets, and there have been reports of a rise in sexual assault and harassment against women. So has anything changed? And what does the future look like for Egypt’s women?

Angry Women In Fiction

“How angry am I? You don’t want to know. Nobody wants to know about that.” So says, Nora Eldridge, in the opening sentence of Claire Messud’s new novel, The Woman Upstairs.  Nora has always been a good girl – a good daughter, colleague, friend, and employee - but inside she is fuming.  Claire Messud and novelist and reviewer Joanna Briscoe join Jane to discuss Nora Eldridge and other angry women in literature.

Women’s Tour De France

Is it time for a Women’s Tour de France? British Cyclist Emma Pooley has called for a female stage of the Tour de France when the race comes to Yorkshire next year. Why isn’t there a high profile women’s road race?

Jamila Abass

Jamila Abass has designed a mobile phone app which allows farmers in rural Kenya to receive crop prices and market information via SMS. This means that farmers can contact buyers directly, cutting out the middle man and achieving the best prices for their produce.  Jamila joins Jane to talk about her work in IT, and how it is transforming the lives of ordinary farmers in Africa.

Be Ambitious

Do women lack ambition when it comes to making it to the top of the career ladder? While men don’t have much of a problem owning their victories, if you admit to being ambitious as a woman you're somehow seen as unfeminine, unsexy, or macho. Women face unique challenges, but are they unlikely to achieve as much as men unless they assume full responsibility for their own success?


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Heather McGregor
Interviewed Guest Emma Pooley
Interviewed Guest Jamila Abbas
Interviewed Guest Clare Massud
Interviewed Guest Joanna Briscoe
Editor Alice Feinstein


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