Ruby Wax and Helena Kennedy
American TV presenter, best-selling author, and comedian Ruby Wax dropped her gift in canoeing, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, and spent 25 years at the BBC and Channel 4. More recently, she has become the poster girl for mental health, Barrister Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. Labour member of the House of Lords, has spent her professional life championing civil liberties and promoting human rights with passion and wit. The two women share their interests in the legal system, fame, family life, mental health, and discuss their careers in a male dominated industry.
JANE LUSH AND MELANIE C
Melanie C, member of the iconic pop group, Spice Girls has continued a successful path in the entertainment industry. As a solo artist, she has achieved over 3 million album sales, two Number 1 singles and six Top 10 singles. Chair of BAFTA, Jane Lush spent over 35 years at the BBC, eventually becoming Controller of Daytime . In this episode, Mel takes us through her journey as a Spice Girl, and overcoming the difficulties of being in an all girl band, while Jane discusses her struggles to justify her decisions in a position of power.
jane goodall and virginia mckenna
Renowned British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist, Dame Jane Goodall, DBE is best known for her 55-year study and expertise of Chimpanzees. Virginia McKenna OBE, is an award winning actress, author and wildlife campaigner. She founded the animal charity: The Born Free Foundation. They discuss where their passion for animals came from, the challenges Jane faced in the prosecution of chimps, and Virginia’s transition from actress to activist.
INGRID NEWKIRK AND PAOLA DIANA
PETA president and founder, Ingrid Newkirk has led the world’s largest animal rights organization for more than 35 years. Her passion and dedication to making this world a better place for all living beings has inspired countless others to do what they can to protect animals. Best-selling author, Paola Diana is a passionate supporter of philanthropic causes, especially those connected with women and children. Ingrid and Paola speak out against the mistreatment towards animals and women and what we can do to lead more sustainable lives.
American women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred is notable for her high-profile and often controversial cases like the prosecution of Bill Cosby and OJ Simpson. She is a founding partner of the law firm AM&G which handles more women’s rights cases than any other private firm in the nation, and has won hundreds of millions of dollars for victims. She talks about her childhood, her personal life, and becoming a pioneer legal campaigner of women’s rights and rights for minorities.
SHARLEEN SPITERI AND AMANDA BERRY
Scottish recording artist and songwriter, Sharleen Spiteri has sold over 40 million records with her band Texas, along with 13 UK top 10 singles, three UK number one albums and eight UK top 10 albums. Amanda Berry, OBE, Chief Executive of Bafta was named in Telegraph’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Britain and received the title of Media Boss of the Year. Sharleen talks about her challenges as a female band lead and the stress of fame. They engage in conversation about how film inspired their futures, as well as the difficulties face throughout their careers.
Kellie Maloney and helen du toit
Kellie Maloney, one of the most successful boxing promoters in the world who managed Lennox Lewis. Helen Du Toit has nearly 20 years experience in indepdent film and TV production and held prominent positions in international festival programming and consulting. Speaking for transgender rights, Kellie mentions both the negative and positive support she received from both family and media during her transition. Helen shares her story about gender pay discrimination and a court case that led to major tabloid attention.
christene barberich and piera gelardi
Christene Barberich, the Global Editor in Chief and Piera Gelardi, Executive Creative Director, are the founders of Refinery29, the trailblazing digital-media and entertainment company focused on young women with a global audience footprint of 550 million across all platforms. They give an insight into their 500 million follar business built on a simple idea and their philosophy about women.
Alex crawford and hrh Princess tessy of luxembourg
British journalist Alex Crawford currently works as a special correspondent for Sky News. She has reported on the Gulf, the Middle East, and more recently has covered the Arab uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya. HRH Princess Tessy is an ambassador of the UN. a global partner for Montessori education, and was the director of Impact EMEA at Vice Media. HRH Tessy shares the discrimination she felt not coming from royal blood, while Alex covers her experience in frontline activity in war zones. The two bond over humanitarian activity and women’s rights.
GINA MILLER AND LORNA MANN
Guyanese-British business owner and activist, Gina Miller, initiated the 2016 R v. Secretary of State for exiting the EU court case against the British government over its authority to implement Brexit without approval from Parliament. She shares her political views and personal threats against her family during the case. Lorna Mann, senior Vice President of Lionsgate UK discusses her journey from being a chemist to becoming a senior at one of the most successful production companies in the world.
Sandra Horley, OBE, CBE, is the Chief Executive of Refuge, the leading charity for women and children against domestic violence. Committed to support people with a range of services, including refugees, independent advocacy, community outreach, and culturally specific services. She published her ground-breaking book ‘Power and Control: Why Charming Men Can Make Dangerous Lovers’