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Iconic film legend Louise Brooks, Global childcare burdens, Kung Fu Panda 3

The legacy of iconic 1920s film star Louise Brooks, women feeling the strain of global childcare, Kung Fu Panda director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, and the Northern Power Women awards.

Louise Brooks was never one of the best-known or highly-paid actresses in Hollywood but transcended silent movies (and even cinema itself) to become an iconic figure, due to her unique look, and her refusal to conform in a male-dominated industry. Ahead of a rare screening of her 1928 film Beggars of Life we discuss her legacy with early film experts Pamela Hutchinson and Melody Bridges.

Childcare isn't just a problem for women in the UK. Today two international organisations publish research which describes how women and girls take on the burden of informal childcare and housework around the world, including the UK - often taking on the double burden of managing home and work. Sally Copley, Oxfam's Head of UK Policy and Campaigns and Claire Melamed, Director of Poverty and Inequality at the Overseas Development Institute, discuss.

Kung Fu Panda 3 has taken more than $300 million worldwide since its first screening in January - and that doesn't include Europe. Its director Jennifer Yuh Nelson is one of the highest grossing women directors in Hollywood - she'll discuss the appeal of Kung Fu Master panda Po and what it's like to be a woman leading the field in animation.

In the first year of the Northern Power Women Awards - a collaborative campaign to improve gender diversity in the North of England - founder Simone Roche describes her plan to increase opportunities for women in business and we speak to one of the award winners.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Anne Peacock.

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58 minutes


  • Jennifer Yuh Nelson

    The director of the Kung Fu Panda films talks about being an introvert in Hollywood

    Duration: 10:34

  • World child care reports

    Sally Copley and Claire Melamed discuss the Oxfam and ODI reports published today

    Duration: 08:36

  • Turning into your mother - listener responses

    A run down of some of the emails, tweets and messages from listeners

    Duration: 03:36

  • Northern Power Women Awards

    Simone Roche describes her plan to increase opportunities for women in business

    Duration: 09:03

  • Louise Brooks

    Pamela Hutchinson and Melody Bridge on the legacy of the lesser known silent film-star

    Duration: 10:34


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Pamela Hutchinson
Interviewed Guest Melody Bridges
Interviewed Guest Sally Copley
Interviewed Guest Claire Melamed
Interviewed Guest Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Interviewed Guest Simone Roche
Producer Anne Peacock


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