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Jo Swinson, Gingerbread, Equal pay, Menopause

How can women achieve equal power? 100 years of Gingerbread, gender equality in the workplace and why do so few women in novels experience the menopause?

Lib Dem deputy party leader Jo Swinson discusses her take on gender inequality - why it is so stubbornly persistent, why she thinks power still remains in the hands of men across society, and what you can do to bring about change.

How has being a single parent changed over the last 100 years? In 1918 The National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child was created and now in 2018, under the name Gingerbread, they still provide support for single parent families in England and Wales. Jenni talks to Gingerbread's Chief Executive Rosie Ferguson and two single mothers, Sacha Corcoran and Ayse Inal, about their experiences.

Maria Miller Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee and Sam Smethers the Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society talk to Jane Martinson about equal pay and gender equality in the workplace.

Literary critic Alex Clark has been hunting for the menopause in fiction. Where are hot flushes, brain fogs and anxiety in literature? The mid-life crisis is a staple in novels but why is the menopause missing and does it matter?

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Rebecca Myatt.

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58 minutes


  • Jo Swinson

    Duration: 10:42

  • Gingerbread

    Duration: 11:51

  • Equal pay

    Duration: 10:37

  • Menopause

    Duration: 08:25


Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Interviewed Guest Jo Swinson
Interviewed Guest Sacha Corcoran
Interviewed Guest Ayse Inal
Interviewed Guest Rosie Ferguson
Interviewed Guest Maria Miller
Interviewed Guest Sam Smethers
Interviewed Guest Alex Clark
Reporter Jane Martinson
Producer Rebecca Myatt


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