Women, Class and the Representation of the People Act – on Radio 4’s Today

Today, 6th February, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, 1918, which gave SOME women the right to vote. (For more on this follow the link to the Fawcett Society’s website.) To honour that anniversary, the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) was run and presented by women, with an all-women cast of interviewees. I was honoured to be invited to discuss the position of women in high level posts, and in the economics profession, and was joined by  (Baroness) Professor Alison Wolf, author The XX Factor. Professor Wolf’s book is about how feminism has helped create a cadre of successful women – and at the same time has helped reshape a “servant class” of low-paid women in insecure jobs, doing cleaning, cooking and childminding work – for successful women. The interviews took place at about 0840 a.m, and can be listened to here. 

 

 

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