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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 Susan Barnett 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
11:04 am
Fri June 21, 2013

51% Show #1249

Climate change has become far less debatable since Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast – and multiple giant 

  storms and tornadoes in the Midwest this year just put the exclamation point on what scientists have been saying for a long time – the weather is becoming more extreme and it's time to take action to reduce our own impact on the climate.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:56 am
Fri June 14, 2013

51% Show #1248

  With all of the problems we face in the world, it's easy to feel overwhelmed.  So the story of one woman who set out to change the world might be just the antidote you need.  On January 1, 1953, she set off from the Rose Bowl parade with a goal of walking the entire country for peace. She left behind her given name, Mildred Norman, and took up a new identity, Peace Pilgrim. She spent the next 28-years crisscrossing the country on foot. Zak Rosen has this profile.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:37 am
Fri June 7, 2013

51% Show #1247

In May, Vermont became the fourth state in the nation to approve allowing doctors to offer lethal medication to terminally ill patients.  Commonly known as death with dignity legislation, similar laws were approved by referendum or court order in Oregon, Washington and Montana.  The laws have strict safeguards – Vermont's legislation requires the patient to be over 18, have less than six months to live, and must have asked for assistance at least once before – and the patient has the right to change his or her mind at any time.  Barbara Coombs Lee is the president of

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:04 am
Fri May 31, 2013

51% Show #1246

Summer's coming – and many of us will spend weekends visiting places we can never afford to live. The 

author of a new book – Snob Zones – Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate, profiles a handful of New England towns to examine how they've managed to stay exclusive.  But New York Times reporter Lisa Prevost found that by staying exclusive, they're paying a price that endangers their towns' future.

Coming up, more us vs. them, this time over light rail in California. 

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51 % The Women's Perspective
3:46 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

51% Show #1245

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Spring is here and if you live in the Northeast and Midwest, it means the ticks are back – and so is the 

  threat of Lyme Disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, Lyme disease is the most common vectorborne disease reported in the US. But most cases are from just 13 states.

Modern science has given us a vaccine to protect against Lyme disease, but we don't use it. Reporter Curt Nickish explains.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:06 am
Fri May 17, 2013

51% Show #1244

Political pundits say the austerity cuts that kicked in in April are likely to be permanent – with  just a few band aid fixes like the quick Congressional response to outrage over flight delays after cuts to the FAA. Meals on Wheels, Head Start, unemployment, food safety – they're all facing similar cuts. Terry O'Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women – NOW – argues many of those cuts target women and 

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51 % The Women's Perspective
11:54 am
Fri May 10, 2013

51% Show #1243

My mom's been gone since 2001 – and I never suspected that I'd still miss her every day. It's an inevitability we just don't like to think about – some day, our parents will be gone. For a man in Maine, it's a particularly big issue.  Maine artist Jon Joyce has Downs Syndrome – and he's lived with, and depended on his mother his entire life. She's 94 – and he's her caretaker now. Producer Colleen Udis has more.

That story comes to us courtesy of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Mother is a universal concept – and one we've applied to the planet we live on.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
8:11 am
Fri May 3, 2013

51% Show #1242

What if you went to work every day knowing you would be presumed incompetent? According to the book, Presumed Incompetent – The Intersections of Race and Class for Women of Color in Academia, that's the reality for minority women teaching at the college level. They're reached the Ivory Tower – the professional world where ability and achievement are rewarded with tenure – a secure, well-paying job. But they aren't like to get in.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:53 am
Fri April 26, 2013

51% Show #1241

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What is keeping American girls out of laboratories? 

A study by the US Chamber of Commerce in 2011 found that women are vastly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math – the fields known as STEM.  Women make up half the workforce, yet they hold less than a quarter of STEM jobs – and women with a STEM degree are more likely to work in education and healthcare – not research.  Yet women in STEM earned 33 percent more than comparable women in jobs outside the science and math fields.  

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:02 am
Fri April 19, 2013

51% Show #1240

We studied the heroic myths in school, and our kids are drawn to books and games that let them access their own inner heroes and heroines. Think of Harry Potter, Twilight's Bella and just about every video game on the market. We long to be big, to do great things. Jean Houston is a widely respected philosopher and researcher, one of the founders of the Human Potential Movement.

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