Women In Politics

The Brian Lehrer Show

Gillibrand: Keystone Pipeline 'Poison Pill' for Payroll Tax Cut

Monday, December 12, 2011

Recap from It's a Free Country.

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, New York Senator (D) Kirsten Gillibrand rounded up news from Washington as the legislative session wraps up, from the payroll tax cuts to unemployment benefits and more.

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Remembering Eleanor, 1962

Monday, November 07, 2011

Forty-nine years ago today activist, politician and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt passed away at the age of 78. An outspoken advocate of civil rights, the Chairman of the President's Commission on the Status of Women and a former delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, Mrs. Roosevelt spent her final years speaking to groups around the country and raising money for various charitable organizations.

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The Takeaway

Woman Among Warlords: Afghan Activist Malalai Joya

Friday, April 15, 2011

In 2005, at the age of 27, Malalai Joya became the youngest person ever elected to Afghanistan's National Assembly. In 2007, she was booted from the Parliament after publicly criticizing Afghan warlords. Now, Joya is an activist for women and democracy, and she remains a fierce critic of both Hamid Karzai's government and the presence of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Joya shares her story and explains why she has been called "the bravest woman in Afghanistan." 


The Leonard Lopate Show

Geraldine Ferraro, Dead at 75

Friday, April 01, 2011

Geraldine Ferraro made history back in 1984 when she became the Democratic nominee for vice president – the first woman to appear on the presidential ballot for a major political party.  The night the former Queens congresswoman accepted the nomination, she said, “If we can do this, we can do anything.”  And though she and Walter Mondale didn’t win against Ronald Reagan that year, she proved a fierce politician.  She had been battling multiple myeloma since 1998, and died earlier this week at the age of 75.  Leonard last interviewed her in 1998 for her family memoir, Framing a Life


It's A Free Blog

The Bias that Won't Go Away

Monday, November 01, 2010


The 2010 elections have demonstrated that sexism is alive and well in politics. Yesterday Carl Paladino shamelessly referred to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as Chuck Schumer's little girl. Twice.

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