#1412: Storytelling And Women, Social Work Helps To Prevent Premature Births

Aug 17, 2016

On this week’s 51%, hear about storytelling and its effect on women, learn how social workers are helping to prevent premature births, and brush up on a brief history about women and voting. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Storytelling is something we do every day, but without formality or even thinking about it, so how about exploring it as a way to empower women and clear space for impactful leadership? Though the TMI Project is not just for women, the non-profit is offering a version of its storytelling workshop through the Omega Women’s Leadership Center at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York at the end of August. I spoke executive director Eva Tenuto about her TMI Project.

For more information on the Aug. 26-28 workshop at Omega, click here.

Premature birth can lead to long-term health and developmental problems and is one of the main reasons parents lose their babies. To prevent this OB/GYNs have tools to monitor fetal health, like ultrasounds and amniocentesis. But how do you address risk factors that aren’t so easily observed in the doctor’s office, like chronic unemployment, a stressful home life or depression? From Missouri, Side Effects Public Media’s Bram Sable-Smith reports. 

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a reporting collaborative focused on public health. 

Hillary Clinton made history when she became the first woman to accept the nomination for president from a major political party. As the Innovation Trail’s Beth Adams reports, the historic moment came nearly 96 years after women won the right to vote.

Reporting by the Innovation Trail is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more, visit innovationtrail.org. 

Masschusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a pay equity bill August 1 and it was passed unanimously by both legislative branches. The legislation aims to ensure equal pay for comparable work for Massachusetts workers and equal opportunities to earn competitive salaries in the workplace. It’s called An Act to Establish Pay Equity, and goes into effect on July 1, 2018 for Commonwealth employers and employees. 51%’s Jim Levulis has more. 

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Patrick Garrett for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio This week’s show is #1412.