51% Show #1346

May 8, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we’ll speak with an author of a book about women in baseball, and you’ll hear about a push to put a female face on the $20 bill and pushback in France over price differences for products marketed to women.

Only occasionally do we hear about girls playing baseball. Many baseball followers may not even be aware that there is a national women's baseball team in the U.S. or that Team USA has medaled in every international competition in which it has played for the past decade. American women baseball players are one of the best kept secrets in American sports. 

Jennifer Ring wants to change that. Her latest book is entitled A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball. It includes stories of women determined to play baseball at the highest levels, and it profiles eleven women who made it to the top of their game.  

5 pink razors (L) are more expensive than 10 identical blue razors (R)
Credit Image by: georgettesand.org

Items branded for women sometimes cost more than the same items branded for men. It's been dubbed the pink tax, and French women are not happy about it. Sarah Elzas reports for Radio France International.  

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill is getting a boost from the first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen has filed legislation to create a citizens panel to recommend an appropriate candidate. She hopes to build on the work of Women on 20s, a national campaign pushing for new $20 bills by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. President Andrew Jackson has stared out from the $20 bill since 1928, but paper currency is redesigned every seven to 10 years to thwart counterfeiters. The treasury secretary or president can order changes without an act of Congress. Possible new faces include leading abolitionist Harriet Tubman and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  (:48)

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And that’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton 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.