October 22nd, 2015
Episode 397 of 798 episodes
It's 24 years since girls were first allowed to join the Scouts and now for the first time in its 108 year history a woman is the new Chair of the Scouts Association. Ann Limb, former civil servant and teacher, Quaker and daughter of a butcher from Moss Side joins Emma Barnett to discuss her vision for her new role. The Scottish Secretary has said there's no "convincing constitutional reason" why decisions on the law governing abortion should not be handed to MSPs through the Scotland Bill, which is currently working its way through Westminster. The BBC's Scottish Political Correspondent Lucy Adams looks at what it might mean. We hear from listener and single mum Tania who wanted us to cover the impact growing up without a dad can have on girls. Rebecca and Anna , two young women who grew up without fathers share their thoughts. Plus on the 20th anniversary of the Women's Prize for Fiction, you can vote for your favourite read with the Best of the Best of the last ten years. Today Fi Glover, chair of the Judges in 2009, talks about Home, by Marilynne Robinson. And Lizzie Ostrom on why she gave up a job in PR to follow her lifelong obsession - perfume. Her book Perfume: A History of Scents is out today. Presented by Emma Barnett Producer Beverley Purcell.