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Anne Boleyn; Women in US banking; Rape in Congo; Accents; Everlasting menopause

Why has so much been written about Anne Boleyn? Plus women in banking - US versus UK, changing male attitudes in the Congo, accents, and hot flushes when you're over 60.

Why, when we know so little about Anne Boleyn, has so much been written about her; Women in Banking - the US versus the UK; changing male attitudes to rape in Congo; your views on radio voices; and the Everlasting Menopause - hot flushes when you're over sixty. Sheila McClennon presents the programme that offers a female perspective on the world.

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58 minutes


  • Women in Finance

    We look at women in banking - the US versus the UK.

    Duration: 08:19

  • Anne Boleyn

    Why has so much been written about her when we know so little?

    Duration: 10:44

  • Rape in the Congo

    We explore the changing male attitudes to rape in the Congo.

    Duration: 10:03

  • The Everlasting Menopause

    How many of us expect to still be getting sweats in our 60s and beyond?

    Duration: 07:52

The Creation of Anne Boleyn

Generations of biographers, novelists and filmmakers have imagined and re-imagined the life of Anne Boleyn and her complicated relationship with Henry the Eighth.  Even before Anne’s execution Henry set about erasing all physical traces of her – destroying her letters and portraits – yet ironically she enjoys the kind of immorality not granted to his other wives.   Dr Susan Bordo’s book The Creation of Anne Boleyn attempts to unravel the facts from the myths about Henry’s tragic queen, and she joins Sheila McClennon to explain why when we know so little about Anne, so much has been written about her. 


The creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo.  Published 9 January,  2014 by Oneworld Publications   

The Everlasting Menopause

To women of a certain age the symptoms of the menopause can become  depressingly familiar:  hot flushes, night sweats, and often  that’s just the half of it. A  lucky few  will escape scot  free, most of us will probably brace ourselves for  some symptoms at some stage but how many of us  expect to still be getting  sweats and flushes in  our sixties and beyond..? Sheila talks to Diana Gaines, a sufferer in her seventies, and to Dr Jane Woyka who specialises in advising and  treating women on the  menopause.


Listen to our 2010 Menopause Special


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Menopause Matters

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Attitudes to rape in the Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo  has been labelled by the UN as the ‘rape capital of the world.’ A study published in the American Journal of Public Health in the summer of 2011 found that 1,152 women are raped in DCR every day – a rate of 48 per hour. It’s estimated  that 12% of the country’s female population has been raped at least once.  Sex abuse is growing and not just in conflict zones where typically it has been used as a weapon of war. Domestic rape is on the increase and sexual violence laws introduced in DRC in 2006 are said to have had limited impact.  But a new project – known as Wababa – has been focussing on men [via a 12-week programme] and helping them address their attitudes towards masculinity and violence towards women. The 12-week course is designed to get to the root of sexual violence by focussing on the perpetrators in order to create culture change.  Kati Whitaker went to visit the project.



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Women in Finance: America versus the UK

Janet Yellen has been confirmed as the next head of the United States Federal Reserve making her the most powerful central banker in the world, and arguably, the most powerful woman in the world.  Frances Cairncross,  an economist and Rector of Exeter College, Oxford and Kate Grussing,  a former banking executive and founder of Sapphire Partners join Sheila McClennon to discuss what difference Yellen’s appointment could make to the position of women in the banking and financial sectors.


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