Tuesday 18 April 2017

This week – as every other week – we bring you a programme packed with content from some brilliant women.

Beth Knowles has worked in international development for a variety of NGOs and trade unions, including Oxfam, the British Red Cross and UNISON. She has been a Manchester City Centre councillor for the last 3 years. One of the major issues in Greater Manchester on which she has led is that of homelessness. She chairs an international arts and homelessness movement, One Voice, she is actively involved with the Manchester Homelessness Partnership, and has been appointed by Labour Mayoral candidate Andy Burnham, to lead a Homelessness Action Network.

Corin Bell is the director of Real Junk Food Manchester, which collects unused food that would otherwise be thrown away from supermarkets and restaurants, and cooks them into delicious, nutritious meals for the benefit of anyone who wants to try it. A community-based project, payment for the meals are at the discretion of the customer, and what s/he can afford.

It is estimated that 5.8 million people in the UK live in ‘deep poverty’, making it hard for them to afford everyday essentials, including food.

As well as discussing Real Junk Food Manchester, we will be talking to Corin about food wastage.

There are nearly one billion malnourished people in the world, but the approximately 40 million tonnes of food wasted, just by households, retailers and food services in the US each year, would be enough to satisfy the hunger of every one of them.




In the UK, households waste around 20% of all the food they buy.

If you want to donate to its crowdfunding campaign, you can do so here.

This week, we will also finding out about the work carried out by Women in Prison, which provides support and training to women in prison, and women who have recently been released from prison. With the aim of helping women to avoid and exit the criminal justice system, one of their campaigns is 2020 by 2020, which calls for a production in the number of female prisoners to 2020 or less, by the year 2020.

In Manchester, Women in Prison has a support centre, WomenMATTA. We will be hearing about the organisation’s work from its Northern Services Manager, Kate Fraser.

We will also be hearing about a collaboration between Trafford Rape Crisis and Styal Prison. Entitled, Women’s Search for Meaning, the collaboration will take the form of a fundraising event. It will be an empowering evening of spoken word, poetry and live music, in which the work of women in prison will be shared. The money raised will go towards funding the work of Trafford Rape Crisis. Its Development Worker (BAME and other services), Amy Morgan, will be joining us to tell us more.

Finally, we will be learning about Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) from Rose Marginson and Barbara Blaber of its Manchester chapter. Working with a number of agencies, organisations and charities across the world, SIGBI his able to help a wide range of projects, and we will be learning all about these.


Tuesday 11 April, 2017

This week, we’ll be joined by Megan from Girl Gang Manchester. Girl Gang is a collective of female artists, creatives, thinkers and do-ers. Their award-winning events are all designed to promote creativity, confidence and positivity in women.

Girl Gang Manchester ran events at the recent Lady Fest, which included a screening of the film Bridesmaids and a speed dating-style friendship event. A glance through their Instagram feed reveals beautifully-styled events that look really fun and fabulous!

We will be asking Megan about Girl Gang Manchester’s online campaign, #SeeMySelfie, which explores self portraiture, representation and acceptance. This summer will be a touring exhibition and photo book, and you can find out more on the project blog here.

Last month, Freedom4Girls, a charity based in Leeds, hit the headlines when it emerged that it was also helping local girls, right here in the UK, who were missing school every month due to a lack of sanitary protection.

Freedom4Girls was set up to provide sanitary aid to girls and young women in Kenya who miss up to a week of education every month because they do not have access to hygienic sanitary products.

We will be speaking to Tina Leslie, who will be explaining how the Freedom4Girls campaign is not just a question of safe hygiene, but one of dignity.

Over 150 million women in the world do not have access to safe sanitary protection.

We will also be chatting to Nic Fox, founder of Velo Sister™; an online shop and community for women who love cycling. The shop sells women-specific cycling themed t-shirts and hoodies.

All of the clothing is ethically sourced and a percentage of the profits goes to charities supporting women in cycling and beyond. Velo Sister™ helps you look good, feel good and do good.


We will hear Nic’s story about how she discovered a passion for cycling and what was missing from the market in terms of women’s cycling clothing.

Finally, we will be discussing sex in midlife with author Jean MacDonald. Jean’s book is called Love, Sex and the Midlife Woman, and we will hear from Jean about her theory of sex, gender, and love.



Tuesday 4 April 2017

This week, we’ll be looking at maternity discrimination.


Joeli Brearly is the founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, and she has helped to put together this week’s programme.


Joeli set up Pregnant Then Screwed, after experiencing maternity discrimination herself, and has campaigned tirelessly on this issue.


In 2015, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) produced a report, entitled Pregnancy and Maternity-Related Discrimination and Disadvantage. The report showed that 54,000 women lose their jobs in the UK each year, as a result of maternity discrimination – and that figure had doubled from 2005.


The EHRC, in conjunction with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, conducted a survey of 3,200 women, also in 2015. Its findings were shocking:


  • 10% of women were discouraged by their employers from attending antenatal appointments – putting themselves and their babies at risk
  • 10% of women were treated worse by their employer after their return from maternity leave
  • 1 in 5 new mothers – as many as 100,000 women a year – experienced harassment or negative comments at work when pregnant or returning from maternity leave
  • 7% of women said they were put under pressure to hand in their notice
  • 1 in twenty women reported receiving a cut in pay or bonus after returning to work from maternity leave


This is a huge issue. We will be hearing from 2 women who have experienced maternity discrimination first hand. What options were available to them? We will hear how one woman took her employer to an employment tribunal.


Unfortunately, many women are prevented from taking their employer to a tribunal. The cost just to lodge the claim is £1,200, which is prohibitively expensive in many cases – not to mention the cost to the health of a new mother.


We will be discussing current employment laws, and how these serve women in the workplace. After Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union was triggered earlier this week, we will be asking: how will Brexit affect the rights women do have at work?


There will be advice on hand from Sybille Raphael, Head of Legal Advice Services at the Charity Working Families. How can you negotiate flexible working hours with your boss, if you’re returning from maternity leave. We will also be discussing the value of flexible working hours – for everyone – to businesses and the economy in general.


The charity has a flexible working film on its website, which gives information about about your right to request flexible working.


Speaking of flexible working, we will be speaking to Anna Whitehouse, AKA Mother Pukka. Her website, “for people who happen to be parents” is a brilliant read, even if you’re not a parent. It’s full of thoughtful and insightful discussions, as well as hilarious anecdotes. More seriously, Anna is spearheading a #FlexAppeal campaign, calling for flexible working hours. You may have seen her flash mob heading to Trafalgar Square over the weekend to publicise the campaign. We’ll be talking #FlexAppeal with Anna on the show.


If you’re looking for further resources, we have devoted a page to maternity discrimination and flexible working hours, which you can find here.




Tuesday 28 March, 2017

This week’s programme is devoted to women in the music industry.

We will be joined again by Olivia Havercroft of CYHMNzine, a music zine which we talked about shortly before its official launch party in Manchester on 11 February this year. We also have a Diva Project Page on our website for CYHMNzine.

Another great project to promote and encourage women in the music industry is Just a Grrrl. Based in Brighton and around London, the issues Just a Grrrl seeks to address are universally experienced by women in the music industry. Katherine Stewart has added  a wealth of useful information to the website about some of the ways in which women in the music industry are challenged or held back, and she’ll be speaking to us about some of these issues.

In the studio, we’ll be joined by Leeds-based Megan Roe and Vicky Hollingworth, of Girls That Gig. Set up to provide encouragement, support and networking opportunities for women in the music industry, Girls That Gig provides resources such as a directory of female musical performers, a podcast, and top tips for women working in various parts of the music industry. They also run practical workshops for women, and we’ll be finding out more about these on the show.

We’ll be hearing from Jaheda Choudhary Potter and Sophie Wozencraft about Sh!t Lesbian Disco, the largest women-only night of its kind – and it’s based in Manchester!

Finally, we’ll be speaking to Salford-bred performer Ren Harvieu. Ren will be performing at the Waterside Arts Centre this July, as part of its Refract:17 Season, which runs from 21-30 July this year.

This is the first programme devoted entirely to a single topic, but there is a lot to discuss about women in the music industry. Don’t miss it!

Tuesday 21 March, 2017

Mother’s Day is approaching, and to mark the occasion, we are looking at some of the wonderful programmes, facilities and support networks available to women who are also mothers, in Greater Manchester.

We will be joined by Helen Bryce of the Guilty Mothers Club. Helen will be telling us about the workshops and social events her company runs, and how these can help women who are returning to work after maternity leave.

Speaking of the workplace, we will be talking about women in trade unions with writer and researcher, Bernadette Hyland. Bernadette’s books include Northern ReSisters: Conversations with Radical Women, and she co-wrote Dare to be Free: Women in Trade Unions, Past and Present. She writes the popular blog, Lipstick Socialist, commenting on issues including women, class, history and culture, as well as writing for a variety of national newspapers and local magazines. You can read more about Bernadette here.



Bernadette introduced us to Audrey White, who was a manager of a clothes store in Liverpool in 1983, when she was sacked  after she  challenged a male manager who had been  sexually  harassing female staff.  Audrey was a member of TGWU,  but the company refused to recognise or negotiate with the union,  so Audrey and members of  TGWU  picketed the shop every day. Eventually the company caved in and  Audrey was reinstated and even paid for the weeks she had lost. It was Audrey’s picketing over male harassment that led to the creation of the rights we as women enjoy today in the workplace.

Bernadette has written an article about Audrey’s case here.


Meanwhile, the Mary Quaile Club will be showing a rare screening of the film, Business as Usual, which is based on Audrey’s story. The screening will take place on Saturday 8 April from 1-4pm at Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, 35-39 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JG. Seating is limited at this theatre, so do book in advance by emailing maryquaileclub@gmail.com.

Also joining us this week will be Naomi Newman, with whom we will be discussing representations of women in graphic novels. Are comic book women real superheroes, or is their representation somehow problematic? Naomi runs a book club for feminist graphic novel enthusiasts, called Paper Girls Book Club. You can find a link to the website here, and to the club’s meet up group here.

Tuesday 7 March 2017

This week sees International Women’s Day, on 8 March. On this week’s show, we will be talking about female empowerment: politically, locally, and physically.

Eve Holt will be joining us to talk about DivaManc, the group she set up to ensure that women’s voices are heard in the major changes happening in Greater Manchester, through Devo Manc.

She will be talking about the workshops she runs – at which all women are welcome and encouraged to participate – as well as an upcoming event, Divas in Action. At this event, a number of women will be talking about how they are effecting change for women in Greater Manchester.

The Women’s Equality Party is still relatively new – but with a growing membership, and a Greater Manchester mayoral hustings organised by the Party this week, they are well-placed to continue the discussion on women’s involvement in politics in this region, and also throughout the UK. We will be talking to Jo Heathcote about the place for the Women’s Equality Party in the current political landscape, what rights still need to be earned, and why mainstream political parties are not going far enough to help women. You can book your place at the hustings here.

Laughter will be provided in the form of Bolton-born writer, actor and comedian, Sophie Willan. Sophie will be performing her critically-acclaimed show, On Record, at The Lowry on 12 March, and she will be talking to us about her work. You can book tickets for the how here.

While we are talking about politics, it seems apt in Greater Manchester to look at The Pankhurst Centre, on the eve of International Women’s Day. Elaine de Fries will be joining us, to tell us about the museum and discuss the history of the Suffragettes.

And we are throwing some physical empowerment into the mix, in the form of a martial arts-self-defence course for women, organised by the University of Manchester Students’ Union. Aneta Korobczuk and Marina Gardasevic will be telling us more.

Join us at 4pm on Tuesday 7 March on Salford City Radio.








Tuesday 14 March 2017

We have an excellent show lined up for you this week!

Following on from our interview on 28 February with Charlotte McShane, we will be talking about the Ladyfest Mcr event on 11 March. We will be joined by sociologist and musician, Dr Susan O’Shea, who has conducted a number of academic studies on Ladyfest Mcr.

Dr O’Shea’s academic interest in music extends to other areas as well, and you can follow her band, Factory Acts here or on Facebook. Listen out for some Factory Acts music on the show!

Entertainment comes in the form of comedian Eleanor Conway. Described as a “ferocious clubber”, “party girl”, and “a woman of extremes”, you won’t want to miss our interview with her. She is bringing her critically-acclaimed show, Walk of Shame, to Manchester on 24 March, following its successful debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016.

If you want to see Eleanor perform at the Waterside Arts Centre on 24 March, you can book tickets here. You will find a full list of her upcoming gigs here.

We will be discussing the merits of all-women workshops, with Allanah Ashdown, of Workshops for Women. Allanah has organised some inspirational workshops with a variety of different groups of women and young girls, and she will be explaining what skills and qualities these workshops can promote – and how women can benefit.

We will be ending the show on a rousing note as Manchester-based writer, playwright and performance poet Alex Keelan will be treating us to some readings of her work. Alex wrote the play Angel of the House, performed at Hope Mill Theatre as part of the Wonder Women Festival in Manchester recently. In fact, the play was showing at the same time as our recent guest, Jane Bowyer, was showing her Women in Print Exhibition. Alex’s reading of the poem she performed last week for International Women’s Day in Manchester will be a real treat, so be sure to listen.

Tune in at 4pm on Salford City Radio 94.4FM!