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Aileen Graham Jones; Menopause

Aileen Graham-Jones, one of the first women to qualify as a motor mechanic. Linda Roberts, mum of Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock. And menopause symptoms and treatments.

Aileen Graham-Jones: Woman's Hour archive recording of one of the first women to qualify as a motor mechanic who talks about her summer of driving Emmeline Pankhurst in 1911. And Professor Krista Cowman of the University of Lincoln joins Jane on women in early motoring.

Menopause symptoms and treatments. Jane talks to Dr Heather Currie an Associate Specialist Gynaecologist at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and founder of Menopause Matters.

The third in our series looking at the working lives of mothers who have a child with a disability. Linda Roberts, mum of Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock, talks about the difficulties of 'letting go'. And 31 year old Chris Whitaker, who has Cerebral Palsy explains to Jane how important it is to lead an independent life.

And we look ahead to today's Face the Facts which investigates the growing number of women suffering complications associated with an implantable plastic mesh known as a trans-vaginal tape, or TVT.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Bev Purcell
Output Editor: Jane Thurlow.

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58 minutes

Chapters

  • Working Women with Disabled Children: Part 3

    In our third in the series we talk about how the challenges change as children grow up.

    Duration: 17:25

  • Menopause Follow Up

    Gynaecologist Dr Heather Currie offers practical advice on symptoms and treatments.

    Duration: 10:55

  • Trans-Vaginal Tape

    A look ahead to today's Face the Facts, on women who suffer complications with TVT.

    Duration: 04:19

  • Aileen Graham-Jones: Archive

    Rare archive of Mrs Pankhurst’s driver and discussion with Prof Krista Cowman.

    Duration: 09:44

Menopause Follow Up

Earlier this month, we looked at the issue of the everlasting menopause. Around 70% of women experience menopausal symptoms and dozens got in touch us to request more information about how to deal with the symptoms. Dr Heather Currie, gynaecologist and Honorary Secretary of the British Menopause Society, joins Jane to give practical advice.

Trans-Vaginal Tape

In January 2012 we reported on the growing number of women suffering complications associated with an implantable plastic mesh known as a trans-vaginal tape or TVT. It’s designed to help with Stress Urinary Incontinence and is surgically fitted to support the urethra like a sling or a hammock. In a worrying number of cases, however, the mesh was disintegrating, triggering inflammation and infection. The Radio 4 programme Face the Facts has since undertaken a detailed investigation about the use of the mesh tape, as well as mesh patches which are used in cases of bladder or uterus prolapse, which raises concerns over the testing procedures for new surgical devices. Jane gives an update on what they’ve discovered.

 

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Aileen Graham-Jones: I was Mrs Pankhurst’s driver

In 1962 Aileen Graham-Jones appeared on Woman’s Hour to talk about her experiences as one of the first women to qualify as a motor mechanic and her summer of driving Emmeline Pankhurst in 1911.  In this rare archive recording she talks about her struggle to get behind the wheel and to drive in a long skirt and veil once she got there.  Professor Krista Cowman of the University of Lincoln joins Jane to talk about women in early motoring, Mrs Pankhurst and the suffragette struggle. 

 

The interview with Aileen Graham-Jones forms part of the Woman’s Hour Collection. This is an archive of gems from 63 years of the programme and is available online as part of the Woman's Hour  website. Each week we will be making one of the interviews available as a podcast.

Working Women with Disabled Children: Part 3

Our series looking at the working lives of mothers who have a child with a disability continues today as we talk about how those challenges change as their child grows up. Linda Roberts, mum of Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock, talks about the difficulties of ‘letting go’. She now works at the charity The Papworth Trust supporting parents so they can give their child more freedom. And 31 year old Chris Whitaker, who has cerebral palsy, explains to Jane how important it is to lead an independent life.

 

Working Women with Disabled Children: Part 1

Working Women with Disabled Children: Part 2

 

 

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Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Linda Roberts
Interviewed Guest Chris Whitaker
Interviewed Guest Krista Cowman
Interviewed Guest Heather Currie
Producer Beverley Purcell

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