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!

 

 

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 Manchester branch party leader 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 show 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 will be telling us more.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Welcome to a full studio of guests and a very full show!

The Wonder Women Festival kicks off this week.

Wonder Women is Manchester’s feminist festival highlighting the feminist journey, via 10 days of events, debate, music, art, gigs, workshops and more.

We will be talking to the organisers of two of the participating projects: Ladyfest Mcr and Women in Print.

Ladyfest Mcr is a collective, which creates events combining music, art and ideas with a feminist ethos.

Ladyfest will be hosting a specially created event for Wonder Women, exploring themes on visibility, body politics and identity in the context of the modern music industry.

This one-day event aims to encourage women to get involved in the music industry through practical sound production and music business workshops, plus an interactive lab from pioneers developing access for disabled musicians and promoters.

Tune in to hear organiser Charlotte McShane talking about the event. You can also find out more here.

Also on the show, we will be talking about a group which brings together Muslim and Jewish women, Nisa Nashim. Its inaugural conference takes place in London on 5 March, and we will be hearing from the organisers of the South Manchester group, Joanne Feldman and Elinor Chohan.

Two of the Manc Mamas – Gemma McCall and Lisa Shepherd – will be joining us (minus their partner, Lynda Brown-Colbert, to talk about their group for working mums. We will be discussing what inspired them to set up this group and what workplaces can do to better accommodate women returning to work after having given birth. They will be telling us all about their next event, Working Mums’ Club, which you can find out about here.

You may have heard of Nicola Thorp, who hit the headline last year, when she was sent home from work for refusing to wear high heels. She set up a petition, arguing that it should be illegal for companies to impose sexist dress codes on women. The petition attracted 152,000 signatures, and will be debated in Parliament on 6 March. We will be hearing form Nicola, and she will also be telling us about her new website, which is well worth a look!

You can read the report drawn up by the House of Commons Petitions Committee and Women and Equalities Committee, entitled High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes.

Also participating in Wonder Women is Jane Bowyer, a designer and illustrator, who will be curating the Women in Print exhibition. She will be telling us what to expect from the exhibitions, as well as her ambitious plans for the year ahead.

It’s a jam-packed show, so be sure to tune in – 4pm on Salford City Radio 94.4FM!

21 February 2017

This week, we’re going all Mama-tastic! We will be joined by Molly from Mamas Collective, who will be telling us all about the group she founded and now runs. Based in Manchester City Centre, Mamas Collective runs a variety of events and workshops. These cover topics from how to start your own business to chatty social meet-ups, as well as pamper sessions.

Mamas Collective sessions often involve an exciting speaker, and their next event, on 1 March, promises to live up to expectations. The Unmumsy Mum, AKA Sarah Turner, will be addressing the meet-up. The event is unfortunately now sold out, but we will be speaking to The Unmumsy Mum on the show, so you don’t have to miss out entirely!

If you want to read more from The Unmumsy Mum, you can read her books, The Unmumsy Mum and The Unmumsy Mum Diary.

Meanwhile, we recently paid a visit to Emmeline’s Pantry, a Manchester-based charity, which provides food, clothing, pushchairs and new children’s toys – all to women in need. Of course, in Manchester, we are very proud to live in the birthplace of Emmeline Pankhurst, and it’s great that her name lives on through such a worthwhile project.

Finally, another week, another march! Reclaim the Night will take place in Manchester on Thursday 23 February. We will be speaking to one of the organisers, Jenni Smyth, Women’s Officer at Manchester Students’ Union. Jenni was also on the show a few weeks ago, talking about the fantastic production of The Vagina Monologues at The University of Manchester, and we are thrilled to welcome her back this week.

You can read more about Reclaim the Night here, as well as on our campaign page here.

 

 

14 February 2017

It’s Galentine’s Day! – which we interpret as a day to show love to our sisters.

First up is a Valentine’s Day campaign, mounted by Stockport NHS Watch. The group campaigns weekly outside Stepping Hill Hospital against growing cuts, many of which have a significant impact on women. This week, the group is planning to extend the Valentine’s Day theme to include red balloons and messages of love to hospital staff. The group’s Terry Tallis will be talking to us about the campaign.

Sticking with the theme of love, we will be talking to Dr Amy Davis, lecturer in film studies at the University of Hull. We will be drawing on her academic work on Disney to ask her about traditional, heterosexual models of love in Disney films. Are these models unique to Disney films, or do they actually follow traditional Hollywood models? How realistic is this portrayal of love? Does it create an idealised, unattainable model which women are encouraged to aspire to? What about the role of Disney princesses in the portrayal of traditional love? We will be asking all of these questions and more!

We will also be joined by writer Cath Bore. Cath writes both fiction and non-fiction. Topics include feminism, music, popular culture, and fandom. She also presents a show on KCC Liverpool on new music, and she will be sharing some new music by female artists with links to the North. We will also be asking Cath what she thinks of Valentine’s Day and whether some women are excluded from the types of love it represents.

Cath is sharing her music expertise with us, and she has chosen some artists for us to feature on the show. Both have strong links to the north of England, and both feature female artists prominently.

The Orielles are from Halifax, and have strong links to Manchester and Liverpool. Their drummer and base player/singer are women, and most of their lyrics are written by women.

Bendith (which means “blessing” in English) is a Welsh band, who sing in the Welsh language. Their new EP is released by Aficionado Recordings.

Last week, we focused on BPAS‘s We Trust Women and Back Off campaigns. This week, we will be speaking to Life, a pro-life charity, about its ethos, its campaigns, and how it helps women, operating from a feminist perspective. We will be discussing abortion from another angle, such as when it is used to support gender selection.

Finally, we will be talking to Vic Moss and Liv Watkins about Future Female Project, an international female empowerment network. Future Female Project is a female empowerment network, which organises meetups, workshops, discussions, and shares cultural and political inspiration.

Future Female Project will be holding a launch event on Sunday 26 February. You can find details on our Upcoming Events page.

Tune in on Tuesday to Salford City Radio at 4pm for Divas up North!