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The Chain - Aimee Mullins, Romance fraud, Will A-level politics drop feminism?

December 9th, 2015

Episode 436 of 985 episodes

New figures released to Woman's Hour from City of London Police reveal that 65% of all romance fraud cases reported last year affected women, with one third of female victims aged 56 and older. Tamsin Smith speaks to two pensioners who were conned out of their life savings, and Jane Garvey is joined by Detective Chief Superintendent Maria Woodall to understand why older women are increasingly targeted by criminal gangs. The revised A-level politics course currently out to consultation by the Department for Education proposes to drop the study of feminism as a topic and names only one woman, Mary Wollstonecraft, in a list of male liberal thinkers. So how important is the study of feminism in politics? Jane speaks to Dr. Meryl Kenny from the Political Studies Association, Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, and June Eric Udorie an A-level politics student and campaigner. And we hear the third interview in The Chain; Aimee Mullins was nominated by yesterday's guest, scriptwriter Siofra Campbell. Aimee set a world record at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta and in 1999 made her runway debut as a model for Alexander McQueen, wearing extraordinary prosthetic legs hand-carved out of solid ash.

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