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Women and body size. Baroness Ruth Rendell. The quest for the perfect jeans

Ruth Rendell talks about her latest book and 50 years of Inspector Wexford. Plus the quest for the perfect pair of jeans, and women and body size.

If you are a woman with a fuller figure you'll receive harsher criticism than men. So how can we talk about a healthy approach to body size without demonising and shaming women's body image?

In the UK in any one year more than 20% of employed women take time off work because of domestic abuse. So how can women safely raise their problems at work and what are the consequences if they don't.
The stand up comedian Deborah Frances White talks about her life changing experience of tracing her birth family and her roots in Australia.

It's 19 years since the British climber Alison Hargreaves died attempting to climb K2. What is Alison's mountaineering legacy?

Should women arm themselves with self defence skills or will they face blame if they are attacked and can't successfully fight their attacker off?

It's 50 years since Inspector Wexford first appeared in the pages of a Ruth Rendell crime thriller. She joins Jenni to discuss her latest book.

In 1934 the first jeans designed for women where produced by Levi Strauss. But is there really a jean shape out there for everyone?

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58 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Ruth Rendell
Interviewed Guest Lindsay Harris
Interviewed Guest Sarah Veale
Interviewed Guest Sarah Boseley
Interviewed Guest Deborah Cameron
Interviewed Guest Deborah Frances-White
Interviewed Guest Mollie Hughes
Interviewed Guest Milena Popova
Interviewed Guest Debi Steven
Interviewed Guest Lucy Reber
Interviewed Guest Linda Watson
Producer Rabeka Nurmahomed


  • Sat 16 Aug 2014 16:00

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