Female of the Species

Saturday 14 May 2022
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Assembly Rooms
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Join two brilliant women – broadcaster and journalist Mary Ann Sieghart and award-winning broadcaster and filmmaker Lucy Cooke – as they consider what it means to be female. The Authority Gap provides a fresh, provocative take on how to address systemic sexism to benefit everyone while Bitch blows sexist myths right out of biology. They talk to writer and comedian Viv Groskop (How to Own the Room) about overturning outdated binary expectations of bodies, brains, biology and behaviour.

Mary Ann Sieghart spent 20 years as Assistant Editor and columnist at The Times and won a large following for her columns on politics, economics, feminism, parenthood and life in general. She has presented many programmes on BBC Radio 4, such as Start the Week, Profile, Analysis, Fallout and One to One. She chaired the revival of The Brains Trust on BBC2 and recently spent a year as a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She has chaired the Social Market Foundation think tank, is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, and sits on numerous boards.

Lucy Cooke is a National Geographic explorer, TED talker, New York Times best-selling author, founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society, award-winning documentary filmmaker and presenter with a Masters in zoology from Oxford university.

MaryAnn: ‘Profoundly thoughtful’ – Andrew Marr

Lucy Cooke: ‘Mr Darwin, your time is up… This is the evolutionary reboot us bitches have been waiting for’ – Sue Perkins

Website: www.maryannsieghart.com / www.lucycooke.tv
Twitter: @MASieghart /@mslucycooke
Instagram: @masieghartwriter /@luckycooke
Facebook: MaryAnn Sieghart / ExplorerLucyCooke