The Trouble With Women

Overview

When Anne Robinson and women of her generation broke the glass ceiling 50 years ago she imagined that we would be much further along the road to equality by now. In the light of "MeToo", "Times Up" and recent revelations about the gender pay gap, Anne cannot help wondering whether women today have become too fragile? 

To explore this provocative view, she meets women from across the UK to find out, 100 years on from suffrage, what is still preventing them from achieving equality and what women are doing to fight back. 

In an immersive journey that will explore the experience of women from all walks of life, Anne starts by visiting a primary school to carry out an eye-opening experiment that reveals how young girls are still limiting their ambitions.  She steps into the heart of 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, a mother-of-five whose husband looks after their children and the house while she works full time. Frustrated by the fact that 50 years after the equality act there’s still no equal pay, Anne 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.

 

Duration

  • 1 x 60'

Genre

  • Documentary
  • Current Affairs

Producer

  • Wild Pictures

Commissioning Broadcaster

  • BBC One

Year of production

  • 2018