#1447: A New York View On Women And The Chinese Andrew Sisters

Apr 20, 2017

On this week’s 51%, we hear about what people in New York think about women. And we hear about the first Asian-American women’s act to star in Broadway musical reviews, known as the Chinese Andrew Sisters. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Women@Work’s View on Women Poll was created through the Benjamin Center at the State University of New York at New Paltz, supported by the Times Union, and conducted by the Siena College Research Institute. It’s the first time New York adults’ feelings about women were measured in a single survey. The poll intentionally was planned to correspond with the 2017 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York with hopes for a national poll in 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary for the nation.  Dr. Eve Waltermaurer is director of research & evaluation at the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives. I asked her why she thought the New York View on Women would make a good survey topic.  

That was Dr. Eve Waltermaurer, director of research & evaluation at the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz. She was talking about the Women@Work’s View on Women Poll. 

A college in Susan B. Anthony's western New York hometown has acquired a trove of 19th-century letters she wrote to a fellow leader in the women's rights movement. The University of Rochester says the collection originally owned by Isabella Beecher Hooker includes dozens of letters from fellow suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The collection is now housed in the university's Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation. The letters were written between 1869 and 1880 to Hooker, a member of a prominent Connecticut family. The letters were found last year in a wooden box stored at the Bloomfield, Connecticut, home of George and Libbie Merrow. The letters were passed down through the family of George Merrow, whose grandfather owned the former Hooker house in Hartford.

The Kim Loo Sisters was a jazz vocal band born in South Minneapolis in the twenties, thirties and forties. Today, the daughter of one of the musicians is making a documentary film based on the sisters’ surprising story. KFAI's Diane Richard reports.

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