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In America, women make up more than half the population. Worldwide, women are expected to outnumber men within the next fifty years - and every issue we face is one that affects us all. 

Whether it's the environment, health, our children, politics or the arts, there's a women's perspective, and 51% is a show dedicated to that viewpoint. 

Host Allison Dunne talks to experts in their field for a wide-ranging, entertaining discussion of issues that not only fall into the traditional 'women's issues' category, but topics that concern us all as human beings and citizens of the global community.

Tune to 51% weekly throughout the U. S. on public and community radio stations, some ABC Radio Network stations, Armed Forces Radio stations around the world and on the internet. 

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On this week’s 51%, we speak with a woman who launched an airbrush-free women’s magazine. We meet a woman who helps Crow children connect with their heritage and a female scientist fills us on a cat parasite that could be especially harmful to women who are pregnant. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

On this week’s 51%, it was the inaugural year for an engineering camp for girls, a mother who lost a daughter to childhood cancer dedicates her time to helping others, we hear about theatre therapy for recovering from addiction, and bring you an historical look at friendships between men and women. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1415: A Suffragist, A Refugee And An Immigrant

Sep 7, 2016
Inez Milholland on white horse 1913

On this week’s 51%, a film shines a light on a suffragist and we hear different views about coming to the States, from a refugee girl now a teen poet and an immigrant girl now an adult author. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1414: Life Is Better When You Do It For The Love

Aug 31, 2016

On this week’s 51%, an emergency room nurse marries her skills with those of her famous musician husband bringing together music and healing. We’ll learn about woman’s experience with peer support in recovering from addiction, plus we get a perspective on the hopes raised and dashed for an Indian gymnast. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1413: Getting More Girls To Code

Aug 24, 2016
Reshma Saujani

On this week’s 51%, it’s time to interest more girls in coding. And a new book and video game feature a previously atypical girl. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

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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%.


On this week’s 51%, we hear from a filmmaker and educator on transgender discrimination; bring you a story about how one area in the U.S. is homing in on sex-trafficking; and meet an actress whose theater group transcends the stage.

#1410: Is It The End Of The Perfect 10?

Jul 29, 2016

On this week’s 51%, with the summer Olympics in Brazil, we focus on a sport that captivates many viewers – gymnastics. And we hear from an LGBTQ educator about how schools can best include transgender students in athletic programs.

On this week’s 51%, we feature a discussion with the author of a book about the criminalization of Black girls in school. And we have a Women in History spotlight on two notorious women.

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On this week’s 51%, we bring you a story about eating disorders in the military. And we have a subject few want to talk or hear about, but the statistics will make women pay attention — urinary incontinence. You’ll also hear from a woman on an audio mission.

On this week’s 51%, we hear from a former NASA engineer about science fiction heroines. Then we meet a game maven, and the Army is opening its first autism therapy center.

#1406: Girls And Sex, Girls And Roller Derbies

Jul 1, 2016

Peggy Orenstein is an author and journalist, whose most recent book is "Girls & Sex. Navigating the Complicated New Landscape." Lauren Schiller, host of Inflection Point, invited Orenstein to her studio in San Francisco to discuss the new book, including why girls feel such pressure to be "hot", and how sex is like...a pizza?

Many school districts are working to draft a transgender policy to protect a student’s rights. The transgender issue affects not only students in K through 12, but at colleges and universities. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says there is no one set policy in place for schools to follow after President Obama’s recent directive.

#1404: Empowering Women And Girls In Africa

Jun 17, 2016

Dr. Haoua Hamza is a professor at Niagara University in upstate New York. Her Global Network for Niger (GNN) is more than a year old and continues its goal of assisting women and children in Africa with health and education concerns, despite attacks by Boko Haram in her own hometown of Diffa, a small city in southeastern Niger, West Africa. Dr. Hamza talks about GNN’s mission.

Arianna Huffington
Asa Mathat

On this week’s 51%, we hear from Arianna Huffington on the importance of sleep. A high school student shares a story about her stepfather; a professor offers her views about changes on the Mexican stage; and we have a Women in History profile.

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On this week’s 51%, we hear from a photographer who takes on societal sneers at body image. And we explore the biography of one of the most important French writers of the 20th century.

#1401: Where Domestic Violence Meets The Law

May 27, 2016

On this week’s 51%, we hear from a woman who supplies pro-bono attorneys to low-income women who are victims of domestic violence. We meet a woman who teaches skills to deaf children through education and theater and we bring you two very different stories about proms, from Montana to Ireland. 

Pregnant Woman
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On this week’s 51%, we’ll learn about ovarian transplants. Hear from the executive director of Carlos Santana’s foundation and her mission to help underserved youth, and find out about a project to register births via text.

On this week’s 51%, we hear from a college president who focuses on affordability and access. Then we meet an activist whose mic gives communities a voice, and a teenage girl talks about her parents’ divorce. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, we look at women in music — from a young musician praised for her lyrics, vocals and willingness to experiment to a veteran country star who’s taking it on the road. Plus we hear from a woman who plays the drums in a Republic where it’s men who usually pick up the sticks. 

  On this week’s 51%, we hear from a critic of natural parenting. A high school reporting project focuses on a transgender student and find out just how far good friends go to have a baby. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, we look at male versus female voices in political advertising; pay attention to equal pay. Hear about gender bias in science and learn about the Mothers’ Day Movement. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, is the fertility cliff a myth? And we hear from a nurse who has developed a unique training program to screen patients who are victims of partner violence. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, hear about presidential candidates appeal to millennial women. A teenage girl gains medical experience in Peru and a young man feels pressure to stick with sports over music, though professes his love for his grandmother. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

On this week’s 51%, we hear about female entrepreneurs, get a snapshot from a Michelle Obama biographer and listen to a message about women’s rights. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

The Kate Mullany House at 350 Eighth Street in Troy, New York, Executive Director, Paul F. Cole
Dave Lucas

On this week’s 51%, we hear about honoring women and labor and have you ever wondered about the origin of pregnancy tests? Plus, we meet a woman who focuses on food, farms and sustainability. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Sister Mary Reap
Elms College

On this week’s 51%, we hear about the state of women presidents at Catholic colleges. And we learn about the largest Jewish Women's organization operating in the countries of the former Soviet Union. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

America's Political Dynasties
America's Political Dynasties

On this week’s 51%, we speak with a presidential historian about women in political dynasties. And we explore changes when it comes to women in comedy. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

51% Show #1388

Feb 26, 2016
Mercy in the City by Kerry Weber
Kerry Weber

On this week’s 51%, we meet a women who set out to complete each of the Corporal Works of Mercy in 40 days. A professor talks about civil rights and television. Then a farmer discusses racism and food. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

51% Show #1387

Feb 19, 2016
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On this week’s 51%, we explore the LGBTQ community, in relation to a legacy wall in Illinois and an LGBTQ studies class in California. And we meet the film director of Big Stone Gap. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.