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51 % The Women's Perspective
Fri February 2, 2007
Albany , NY – TO: Program Directors
FROM: WAMC, Albany, NY
RE: 51 PERCENT program rundown
DT: FRIDAY, February 2nd, 2007
STATIONS: This week's show is 916 Listeners can
purchase a cassette copy by calling 1-800-323-9262.
There is a :30 promo at the end of the program.
On this week's program:
So, according to a recent article in The New York Times, 51% of women are living without spouses. Now ... since the article came out folks have been debating the social implications of this finding... or the lack thereof. But 51%'s Susan Sweetser thinks it should serve as a reminder to women everywhere. She spoke with 51%'s Mary Darcy.
Managing money gets tougher when you're a single mom surviving on minimum wage jobs or welfare. In 1971 a group of Nevada mothers struggling to make ends meet learned that state politicians planned to cut back on aid in an effort to make Nevada a leader in welfare reform. Led by Ruby Duncan...a hotel maid and mother of seven...this group of Westside Welfare mothers, fought back.
That spring, with thousands of citizens, peace activists, clergy and Hollywood celebrities, Duncan and her crew stormed Caesars Palace, shutting down Sin City's famous strip, and focusing the attention of the nation on Las Vegas' welfare policies.
This amazing chapter in history is re-told by Dartmouth College Professor of History, Annelise Orleck in her book, "Storming Caesar's Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty". -which has just been released in paperback. Not surprisingly these black women didn't live at the glitzy hotels where many of them worked...51%'s Susan Arbetter asked Professor Orleck to describe the Westside neighborhood where most of them lived...
Alice Walker is best known for her literary fiction, including the Pulitzer Prize - winning The Color Purple (now a major Broadway musical), her many volumes of poetry, and her powerful nonfiction collections.
Her other bestselling books include In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, The Temple of My Familiar, Possessing the Secret of Joy, By the Light of My Father's Smile, and The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart.
She is also a well known activist and advocate. In fact, her latest book is a collection of essays - meditations actually. It is titled: We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Light in a Time of Darkness. 51%'s Joe Donahue spoke with Alice Walker about how she came to this collection...
30 Second Promo
STATIONS: If you have comments or suggestions please contact Mary Darcy at
ATTENTION PRODUCERS AND REPORTERS: Here is an opportunity to have your stories
aired on a nationally syndicated program! 51% is now accepting stories for
broadcast. Call Mary Darcy at 800-323-9262 x.185. Pitch your story idea, and
if we like the idea, you'll be asked to send the story for review. We're looking
for interesting and enlightening women's issues stories or profiles on women
you think are inspirational. Thank You.
Satellite feed: Friday, February 2nd 1100-1129,
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and her sister colleges in the Sage Colleges
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