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A Date for your TV Diary…… 05.06.18

Yes – this is why all the cameras and film crews were here and the reason we saw Anne Robinson nipping around to Mrs Byrom’s house – It wasn’t just for a cup of tea and a cosy chat!

The time is nearly here  – on Thursday June 14th, BBC One will be broadcasting the programme that our Head Teacher and President of the Girls’ Schools Association, Gwen Byrom, contributed to last term – ‘The Trouble with Women with Anne Robinson’. This is one documentary you will want to watch as will be raising some important issues for our young women as they grow up in today’s society.

50 years ago, renowned TV presenter, Anne Robinson imagined that women would be much further along the road to equality by now. In the light of #MeToo, #TimesUp and the gender pay gap, Anne can’t help wondering whether women today have become too fragile?

To explore this provocative view, she meets a range of British women, including Mrs Byrom, to find out – 100 years on from suffrage – what’s still preventing them from achieving equality and what women are doing to fight back.

Anne explores the experience of women from all walks of life, starting with a  visit to a primary school to carry out an eye-opening experiment, revealing how young girls are still limiting their ambitions. She steps into the debate about female sexualisation by meeting grid girls at Brands Hatch who hope to hang onto their jobs despite the recent backlash, and talks to millennial women frustrated by the everyday sexism they face.

Anne also tackles the thorny issue of working motherhood, meeting Gwen, who as we know is a mother-of-five and whose husband Andy looks after their children and the house while she works full time.

Anne is frustrated by the fact that 50 years after the equality act there’s still no equal pay, so challenges women’s reluctance to ask for what they’re worth, before meeting home carers and campaigners from Glasgow who have been fighting for ten years to receive the same wages as local bin men and gardeners.

After having her opinions challenged – and in some cases changed – Anne, with her usual wit and fervour, makes a plea for all women to be free to do whatever they want, so that in the next 100 years they will have travelled further along the road to equality.

We cannot wait to see this – don’t forget to set your TV boxes to record it!

Heron