Sheila Scott; Symphysiotomy; Feminism and Men
The extraordinary life of female aviator Sheila Scott, who was the first woman to fly around the world in a light aircraft. The Irish Government has announced that it will be giving payments to some women who underwent a process during child birth called symphysiotomy, a surgical procedure involving sawing through a woman's pelvic bone to deliver her baby. But are these women being offered a fair deal? Men in the feminist movement; we ask if there is a place for them. And why do wills have the power to destroy families? We hear from a woman whose life was derailed by a family dispute over inheritance.
Men and Feminism
The Irish Government has announced that it will be giving payments to women who underwent a process during child birth called symphysiotomy. Symphysiotomy is a surgical procedure where obstetricians sawed through women's pelvic bones to deliver their babies. The procedure was performed on about 1,500 women from the 1940s to the 1980s, some were as young as 15. Most of these women were never told what was happening to them and weren’t asked to give their consent. They have suffered life long pain and incontinence. Jenni speaks to one of the women who had the procedure 50 years ago and to Marie O’Connor – chairperson of the Survivors of Symphysiotomy.
A Pilots Passion: Sheila Scott
The British aviator Sheila Scott made history with more than 100 flying records, trophies and awards. Among her record breaking escapades were three solo flights around the world. She died in 1988, aged 61. Here’s an interview from the Woman’s Hour Archive from 1968 when she spoke to Marjorie Anderson about her attitude to flying and record breaking. Jane is joined by Caroline Gough-Cooper, a two time Ladies' World Helicopter Champion and former commercial pilot,who tells her what life is like from women in the cockpit today.
You can explore the Woman’s Hour Archive Collection for more classic interviews from the history of the programme
Wills That Destroy A Family
The passing of a family member is always a difficult time, made even more so when there is family discord surrounding the will. Jane speaks to lawyer Alison Meek, and Professor Carol Smart, on why some people leave a legacy of ill will when they die.
|Interviewed Guest||Marie O'Connor|
|Interviewed Guest||Nikki van der Gaag|
|Interviewed Guest||Karen Ingala Smith|
|Interviewed Guest||Caroline Brown|
|Interviewed Guest||Alison Meek|
|Interviewed Guest||Carol Smart|