What Links Jenni Murray, Kathy Lette & Catherine Mayer?

Well, the answer is I was lucky enough to have interviewed all three of them in 2015. Not at the same time, obviously. Can you imagine that powerhouse of women in one room? We’d have generated enough power to light up London!

Jane with jenny

Dame Jenni Murray is a journalist who has been presenting BBC Women’s Hour since 1987. She has had a varied career as you can read. Here are a couple of extracts to whet your appetite if you missed it first time around:

From there I was asked to go to the Newsnight programme. It was an incredibly busy job, out all day, editing in the evening and then presenting at night. It so annoyed me that I had to be in ‘make up’ for ever while the guys got by with a quick dab of powder. It was a good time, however, working with presenters like Jeremy Paxman; still quite junior then.

My mother didn’t exactly boost my confidence about being on TV either; she’d ring up after every broadcast, however late it was. I’d eagerly ask her what did you think of my interview with Norman Tebbit? And she’d reply that she hadn’t noticed the interview but go on to tell me that I was wearing something which didn’t suit me! Radio was such a relief after that.

You can read the whole interview here – Jenni Murray Interview.

If you haven’t heard of Kathy Lette you have missed a big treat. Kathy is a writer and comedian who uses her humour to poke fun at the absurdities of the patriarchy. Needless to say I love her. Here’s an idea of what to expect:

Female writers don’t have time for writers block. Trying to juggle kids and career means that we juggle so much we could be in the Moscow State Circus. If a mother gets time to write in between rescuing the math tutor from being dragged up the stairs between the teeth of one feral teen, or driving the other child to football/ dance/ girl guides (a mother delivers a child vaginally once, then by car forever after) YOU WRITE THEN. It’s a joy to have time to write. I think any mother who finishes a novel should just get the Booker Prize, just for completing her tome.

Kathy Lette

You can read Kathy’s interview here – The Kathy Lette Interview

Finally, something rather wonderful happened in 2015, the Women’s Equality Party was born. Hooray! Catherine Mayer was one of the founders and I was so pleased to interview her back in October.

I’m all for waves—making them. Don’t you find it astonishing and depressing that in 2015 women are still second class citizens? I remember running up against all sorts of barriers and prejudices when I first started working as a journalist in the 1980s and at the time thinking 20 years from now this sort of thing will be history. Instead I’ve been emailing today with a former colleague, a brilliant woman who’s rising high in journalism but is wrestling with the same sorts of problems I encountered all those years ago.

That’s why I’m still noisy on gender politics and yes, I certainly describe myself as a feminist and have done so for as long as I understood the word. The phrase “I’m not a feminist, but…” almost always ends badly. The people who say it generally misrepresent feminism, unintentionally or deliberately, as a campaign again men.

Catherine Mayer

Catherine Mayer’s interview is here.

I hope 2015 was a good year for you and that 2016 will be even better. Our ambition here at Changing People is to get our programmes for women out to as many women as possible, either by working with businesses directly, or though our global network of excellent trainers. If you’d like to learn more about how you can join us, take a look at this.

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Posted on December 30th, 2015 by

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