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Julia Gillard; Ruby Tandoh; gender politics of driving

Julia Gillard on her three years and three days as Australia's first female prime minister. Plus Ruby Tandoh, and the gender politics of driving. Presented by Jane Garvey.

On the 24 June 2010, with the government in turmoil, Julia Gillard asked, the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd for a leadership ballot. The next day, she became Australia's 27th prime minister, and their first female leader. Three years and three days later she too was ousted. Julia joins Jane to talk about the pressures of leading a nation, the now infamous anti-misogyny speech directed at her opposition leader, Tony Abbott, and her motivation in publicly dissecting such a turbulent period in her political life. Ruby Tandoh, former contestant in the 2013 Great British Bake Off, talks about baking and banana bread; Woman's Hour has been to a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference on 'what women want' looking at the key issues facing older women, especially those struggling with caring responsibilities. Indigenous women in Canada make up 4.3% of the country's women but account for 16% of female homicides and 11% of missing women. Loretta Saunders who came from an Inuit family was found two weeks after she disappeared in February this year, murdered and dumped in a ditch. Now more than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for a public inquiry into why indigenous women are so much more likely to be killed or go missing. Jane speaks to Holy Jarrett who started the petition and is Loretta Saunder's cousin. Who takes the wheel in your relationship? And does literally being in the driving seat reveal something more profound about who's in control? Official statistics show that men are still more likely to be the main driver of a household car. But why?

Presenter: Jane Garvey.

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58 minutes

Chapters

  • Julia Gillard

    The former Australian Prime Minister talks to Jane.

    Duration: 16:18

  • Cook the Perfect Banana Bread with Ruby Tandoh

    Ruby on her obsession with baking and her recipe for the perfect Banana Bread.

    Duration: 06:40

  • Conference fringes 2014 – the older women’s vote

    We went to yesterday’s fringe at the Conservative Party Conference on ‘what women want’.

    Duration: 04:51

  • Canada’s Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

    Jane talks to Holly Jarrett who's petitioning to find her missing cousin Loretta Saunders

    Duration: 07:01

  • Sexual Politics of Driving

    Why are men still more likely to be the main driver of a household car?

    Duration: 06:39

Julia Gillard

On the 24 June 2010, with the government in turmoil, Julia Gillard asked the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for a leadership ballot. The next day she became Australia's 27th prime minister and their first female leader. Three years and three days later she too was ousted. Julia joins Jane to talk about the pressures of leading a nation, the now infamous anti-misogyny speech directed at her opposition leader, Tony Abbott, and her motivation in publicly dissecting such a turbulent period in her political life.

Cook the Perfect Banana Bread with Ruby Tandoh

Cook the Perfect Banana Bread with Ruby Tandoh

Ruby Tandoh was a finalist in The Great British Bake Off 2013 which she entered aged twenty whilst studying for her first year exams in history of art and philosophy at UCL.  Now aged 22 she’s just published her first cookery book ‘Crumb, The Baking Book’.  A quote from Sylvia Plath in the introduction to her book is a good description of Ruby herself : “Instead of studying Locke, for instance, or writing — I go make an apple pie.’’ She admits that while reading for her course she can get distracted and start leafing through her cookbooks. During the 2013 Bake Off she was aggressively trolled on Twitter.  She joins Jane to talk about her obsession with baking, why she thinks women have a tougher time on the show and she shares her recipe for the perfect Banana Bread. 

Conference fringes 2014 – the older women’s vote

Fringe events take place away from the main conference stage, where politicians and party members gather with the experts and interested parties to thrash out some of the important issues. Much of the discussion about the women’s vote focuses on young women struggling with childcare. Woman’s Hour went to yesterday’s fringe at the Conservative Party Conference on ‘what women want’, to hear why many feel that the key issues will be those facing older women, especially those struggling with caring responsibilities – the so-called ‘sandwich generation’.

Sexual Politics of Driving

Who takes the wheel in your relationship? And does literally being in the driving seat reveal something more profound about who’s in control?

Official statistics show that men are still more likely to be the main driver of a household car. But why? Jane talks driving politics with motoring journalists Vicki Butler-Henderson and Erin Baker.

Canada’s Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

When Loretta Saunders went missing last February, she was working on her degree thesis on the missing and murdered aboriginal women of Canada. Indigenous people make up 4.3% of the country’s women, but account for 16% of female homicides and 11% of missing women.

Loretta, who came from an Inuit family, was found two weeks after she disappeared, murdered and dumped in a ditch. Now more than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for a public inquiry into why indigenous women are so much more likely to be killed or go missing.

Jane speaks to Holly Jarrett, who started the petition and is Loretta Saunders’ cousin.

 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Julia Gillard
Interviewed Guest Vicki Butler-Henderson
Interviewed Guest Erin Baker
Interviewed Guest Ruby Tandoh
Interviewed Guest Holly Jarrett

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  • Tue 30 Sep 2014 10:00

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