51% Show #1380

Dec 23, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we hear from an author of a book about what it will take for a woman to be president. And teaching kids about preventing sexual violence goes the texting route in a rural county. Plus, a teen tells about the travails of junior year.

Katy Perry roared on behalf of Hillary Clinton at an Iowa campaign rally in October. And while Perry wants the former secretary of state to become the country's first woman president, Marianne Schnall is reflecting upon her book,  What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power. The book features her interviews with a number of well-known politicians, public officials, thought leaders, artists, and activists in an attempt to discover the obstacles that have held women back and what needs to change to elect a woman into the White House. The book was published in 2013, five years after Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic presidential primary to Barack Obama yet two years before she announced her 2016 presidential campaign. I spoke with Schnall about revisiting her book and the changes that have occurred since, in light of Hillary Clinton's campaign.

That was Marianne Schnall, author of What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power. She also is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit web site Feminist.com, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. 

People who work with victims of domestic violence think the best way to prevent violence is by teaching youth about healthy relationships. They hope this will prevent a new generation from becoming abusers or victims. One crisis center in rural Missouri is working with kids, teaching them the signs and dangers of teen dating and sexual violence. And they will be delivering the message in kids'  native language – texting.  Rebecca Smith of Side Effects Public Media reports. 

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

Junior year in high school carries a reputation of being difficult and stressful. Among academics, extra-curricular activities, and athletics, college-bound students are left with little free time in the seemingly never-ending competition to achieve The American Dream. Sophia Khoury wonders, is it worth it? 

And that's our show 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. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio

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