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The Takeaway

South Unbound: Tennessee as An Abortion Battleground

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The issue most Tennesseans are talking about this election season isn't who to vote for for U.S. Senate or governor—it's the ballot initiative about abortion.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Ebola Lessons From The Past, Sports As a Safety Net, and ADHD Creativity

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Takeaway explains how the lessons of the Bubonic plague can help fight Ebola, we examine the lives of homeless young athletes, and we explore creativity and ADHD.

America Abroad

Women's Rights After the Arab Spring

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Arab Spring touched many parts of life in the countries most affected, including the rights of women and gender equality.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

“The Supreme Price,” the Abiola Family, and Politics in Nigeria

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The director of the documentary “The Supreme Price,” discusses the film with its subject, Hafsat Abiola, an activist from a political family in Nigeria.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Humaira Awais Shahid Fights for Women’s Rights in Pakistan

Friday, May 23, 2014

Humaira Awais Shahid tells how she became an advocate for the rights of women, girls, and the poor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

President Carter on Women's Rights

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is now the author of A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power, about gender equality around the world. He'll discuss his push for women's rights and some of today's headlines.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Humaira Awais Shahid, Advocate for Women’s Rights in Pakistan and Beyond

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Humaira Awais Shahid took on a job editing the “women’s section” of one of Pakistan’s leading Urdu newspapers in 2001, and she soon transformed it from celebrity gossip and fashion advice to an investigation of the true lives of Pakistani women. News of acid attacks on women, the trading of girls as currency in tribal disputes, and other abuses Shahid into an advocate for women’s rights. She tells how her commitment to women led her to a seat in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, where she fought to protect women, girls, and the poor. In her book Devotion and Defiance: My Journey in Love, Faith and Politics, she looks at how Islamic values and ethics might yet be a vehicle for progressive change in the developing world.

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The Takeaway

Texas Law Ties Doctor's Hands on Abortion

Friday, November 22, 2013

A controversial new law is Texas is keeping many doctors from being able to provide safe abortions. Lester Minto, a physician at Harlingen Reproductive Services in Harlingen, TX, says his hands are now tied. For a number of Dr. Minto’s patients—many of whom are undocumented immigrants—even traveling across the border isn't an option. He joins The Takeaway to discuss how his clinic has been impacted by the new law.

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New Jersey News

Rutgers Changes a Few Lyrics - New Jersey Takes Notice

Thursday, September 26, 2013

During the Rutgers-Arkansas football game last Saturday, some new lyrics were unveiled for the university's alma mater. The idea was to drag Rutgers into the 21st century and make the words more gender-neutral.


Specifically, "My father sent me to old Rutgers, And resolved that I should be a man..." is now "From far and near we came to Rutgers, And resolved to learn all that we can."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Pink Sari Revolution in India

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Poor and illiterate, married around the age of 12, pregnant with her first child at 15, and prohibited from attending school, Sampat Pal has risen to become the leader of a women’s brigade numbering in the tens of thousands.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Women's Rights in India; Pianist Geoffrey Keezer; 30 Years in Greece; TBI; Drug Prices

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Amana Fontanella-Khan tells the story of the Pink Sari Revolution and how one poor, illiterate Indian woman mobilized thousands of her countrywomen against abuse and injustice. Jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer plays songs from his latest album, “Heart of the Piano” live in our studio! Plus, painter Christian Brechneff talks about stumbling upon the Greek island of Sifnos and how returning there year after year changed his life.

WNYC News

Clock Running Down on Cuomo's Agenda

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WNYC

In his State of the State address earlier this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed he'd push through an aggressive agenda on women's rights, government reform and the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana. But with the clock running out on this year's session that is ending Friday, none ...

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The Takeaway

Election Favors the Women

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Anne Sale, reporter from It's a Free Country, has closely followed the Senate races this election season. In regards to female elected officials and women's issues, she says, "I think you really saw this in New Hampshire, where two women won house seats and a woman candidate won the governor's race."

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The 'Anatomy' of Fannie Hurst, Memoirist and Romance Novelist

Monday, October 22, 2012

WNYC

Largely forgotten today, Fannie Hurst was for many years one of the most highly paid and widely read novelists of her time. Anatomy of Me is Hurst's just-published autobiography, which she discusses at this 1958 Books and Authors Luncheon.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Helen Gurley Brown

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Her 1962 book, "Sex and the Single Girl" was an American revelation: not only did unmarried women have sex, but they liked it, too. And as the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine from 1965-1997, she laid the blueprint of the most successful women’s magazine in the world.

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The Takeaway

'A Light in Her Eyes' Examines the Role of Women in Islam

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Many of the Muslim clerics preaching in Syria believe women should never even enter a mosque, much less be educated in one. Now a new movement of Muslim women is daring to challenge these prevailing views.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama Tells Barnard Women to Lead

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In a campaign season punctuated by debates over women’s issues – from reproductive health to what defines “work,” the choice to speak at Barnard is seen as symbolic by supporters and opponents alike.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lilly Ledbetter's Grace and Grit

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill that President Barack Obama signed after he took office. Lilly Ledbetter describes the discrimination and sexual harassment she faced daily when she joined the management ranks at Goodyear and how she found out that she was being paid thousands less than her male counterparts. In her memoir, Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond, she also recounts her lawsuit against the company that went all the way to the Supreme Court.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The Brilliant Way Women Lawmakers Are Winning the War on Contraception

Monday, March 05, 2012

In response to a range of rabid right-wing assaults on women, legislators—often female—are using absurdist legislation with increasing effectiveness.

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The Takeaway

After Revolution, A New Battle for Libya's Women

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Moammar Gadhafi may be gone, and Libya may be free, but for the nation's women, the battle is just beginning. After being marginalized in the deeply conservative, male-dominated country for the 42 years of the Gadhafi regime, Libya's women are struggling to play a more assertive role in their country. Women already head two ministries in the new government — health and social affairs. Caroline Hawley, correspondent for the BBC, filed this report.

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