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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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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:15 am
Fri October 4, 2013

51% Show #1264

We'll talk with author Elizabeth Gilbert about her new book, which takes her back to her fiction roots and back in history... plus we'll hear about planting a food forest and securing seeds for the future.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:26 am
Fri September 27, 2013

51% Show #1263

This week on 51%, adapting culture for the tourist trade... and writing about the darkness behind the picket fence. 

Last week, you met the people who used to live in Grand Bruit, Newfoundland. They voted to close the town down and move away after the cod, which kept their economy afloat, vanished. This week, we have the next chapter – how tourism is being courted in Newfoundland to replace the fish that are gone. Sit back, relax and listen. From Homelands Productions, here is a map of the sea.

That story is from Homelands Productions of Newfoundland.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
2:28 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

51% Show #1262

  Visiting a Canadian ghost town... A now-abandoned village is a metaphor for another way of life; a way of life that's disappearing.

Summer vacation season is over, but let's take the next half hour to slow down, just one more time.

I haven't spent a lot of time by the sea this year, but I've been doing a lot of reading, immersing myself in stories of the sea and the people who made their living there. It's a world that's vanishing. This week we're going back to hear the story of one small Canadian village – a village whose residents voted to leave.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:15 am
Fri September 13, 2013

51% Show #1261

Credit Theresa Thompson

Everyday is Election Day... this week on 51%, a talk with the author of a book that tells women how to run for office... plus the future of Mormons in politics and Native Americans taking stewardship of ancestral lands.

Women are increasingly showing up as leaders of government... according to the Center for American Women and Politics, in 2013 98 of the 535 seats in the US Congress are held by women. 75 women hold statewide elected executive posts...and the proportion of women in state legislatures is at 24%

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

51% Show #1260

Credit Julie Eaton

 Labor Day is over, but let's keep the focus on the lives of working women and men.   This week, the hidden side of work.

First,  we head out to sea, where economic pressures are leading to revolutionary ideas.

Julie Eaton is the captain of the Cat Sass. She spends 6 months of the year on the water, and she'll tell you she has the best job in the world.  But despite record hauls last summer, she and other boat owners are struggling to make ends meet. The lobster glut forced the price to below $2 a pound.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:16 am
Fri August 23, 2013

51% Show #1258

Women are at the center of the political agenda this year.  The overall goal, for both Democrats and Republicans, is to hold the Congressional majority after the next election. Republicans have been labeled as the architects of a war on women because of a conservative legislative agenda that zeroed in on restricting reproductive rights. Democrats are trying to claim that outraged voting block by focusing on the economy. In July, Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled what she called her economic agenda for women.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
9:03 am
Fri August 16, 2013

51% Show #1257

In 1957, it was a very different world for women. Education was something to fall back on, but a woman's primary place was still supposed to be in the home.  The story of Mary Sherman Morgan is a fascinating one –  in so many ways she fit the mold perfectly. She never got a degree.  She gave up her job to stay home with her children.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
2:34 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

51% Show #1256

Credit NS Newsflash

Community newspapers have taken a beating in the last ten to fifteen years.  A site called 

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:53 am
Fri August 2, 2013

51% Show #1255

Credit Sean Toyer

In the midst of a summer of crazy weather – do you ever worry about water? Water – what threatens it, a scare when its scarce, and a mystery when it disappears. I'm Susan Barnett and this is 51% the women's perspective.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:29 am
Fri July 26, 2013

51% Show #1254

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If American whistleblowers are shut down – how do we find out the truth? The importance of government transparency – and a look at two historic Supreme Court decisions. I'm Susan Barnett and this is 51% the women's perspective.

A decade ago, whistleblowers who brought the Enron scandal and the mishandling of intelligence prior to the 9-11 attacks to light were hailed as heroes. Today, Bradley Manning is on trial, facing possible execution for leaking documents about the US torture of 

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