Woman's Hour

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Comedian Sara Pascoe, Male nurses, supporting Leicester City

May 3rd, 2016

Episode 569 of 725 episodes

Stand-up comedian Sara Pascoe began to investigate scientific and social beliefs about female sexuality for a tour, but then realised that she would never be able to fit everything she had learned into a gig, and so wrote the book Animal. She talks to Jane about why she became so fascinated by what makes us women. Only 10.8% of the total number of nurses on the Nursing & Midwifery Council register are men. This figure has remained static for the past four years. Although there has been a rise in men entering the profession in the last few decades, it has been a small, slow one. Why is nursing still so female dominated? Is it a career that's ever discussed or talked about with boys and young men? Jane speaks to Kieran Uttley, a male nursing student at Keele University, and Jason Warriner, Clinical Services Director at the Sussex Beacon Centre, about their experiences. Leicester City have won the Premier League. Last night Claudio Ranieri's team clinched the top-flight title for the first time in the Foxes' 132-year history. It is the stuff of football fantasy - last season they were struggling to stay in the league. Jane speaks to two lifelong Leicester City football supporters, Kate Langan Vines and Charlotte Nicol, about what the win means to them. There are an increasing number of female chefs who are creating careers in food to suit them. They are refusing to work unsociable hours or conform to the stereotypical male-dominated atmosphere of a kitchen; but instead are creating blogs, pop-up restaurants and events that give them the opportunity to cook in a more independent way. Jane discusses these new ways of working with Elly Curshen, owner of The Pear Café in Bristol and a Food Columnist for InStyle Magazine, and Aine Morris, Festival Director at Bristol Food Connections. Lisa Owens talks to Jane about her novel Not Working, about a young woman who gives up her job to find what makes her happy and realises that it is more complicated than just finding the right career.

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