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Fawcett Society 150 years, Patricia Clarkson, Isabelle Huppert

June 11th, 2016

Episode 604 of 985 episodes

150 years of the Fawcett Society. On June 7th 1866 John Stuart Mill and Henry Fawcett handed the first petition to parliament demanding the vote for women. So what has been the impact of feminism on women's lives? We hear from Helen Pankhurst the great granddaughter of Emmeline and granddaughter of Slyvia, Laura Perrins the co-editor of the Conservative Women's website, Leyla Hussein psychotherapist and the founder of the Dahlia Project and Yvonne Roberts the journalist and novelist. Patricia Clarkson stars in the new film Learning to Drive about a woman who finally takes lessons following the break up of her marriage. She tells us what it's like to be Hollywood hot property at the age of 56. With less than two weeks to go before the EU Referendum, how important are the votes of those still to make up their minds and what are the issues that will sway women voters? Dr Michelle Harrison of the global market research organisation Kantar discusses. The Radium Girls painted dials with radium in 1920s America. Licking the brushes they used to sharpen the point unaware of the risks to their health, they soon had problems with their teeth, gums, and limbs. We hear from the writer Kate Moore on how they fought to get their employers to admit liability. Hillary Clinton is almost certain to be claimed the Democratic presidential nominee after decisive victories in the California, New Jersey and New Mexico primaries. But what do US women make of Hillary Clinton? Kelly Dittmar, a scholar at the Centre for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, and black feminist writer Tiffanie Drayton, discuss. Isabelle Huppert on her latest role as one of Greek's mythology's most controversial female figures, Phaedra. Music journalist Sylvia Patterson shares the highlights of 30 years writing about pop music starting at Smash Hits magazine in the 1980s.

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