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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
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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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

51% Show #1239

State by state, the Supreme Court's forty year old ruling on abortion is being challenged.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
12:28 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

51% Show #1238

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With federal, state and local governments cutting funding for social services, many important programs are being pinched – or shut down altogether.  The Rockefeller Foundation believes social impact bonds may be the answer.  Investors pay for services, service providers do their job, and government pays the investors back if and only if the outcome meets expectations. I spoke with Kippy Joseph, Associate Director, Innovation at the Rockefeller Foundation of why social impact bonds might be the right idea at the right time.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
3:43 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

51% Show #1237

Vice President Joe Biden was a key advocate of the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act – VAWA -in Congress this year – and despite what you might expect would be an easy vote – there was huge debate before it passed.  More than 130 House Republicans voted against it.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

51% Show #1236

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Eighteen years ago, genetically modified crops were introduced in the United States. First there were tomatoes, then soybeans, potatoes and corn. As the years have passed, more and more farmland has been devoted to these plants, which have a gene added to their DNA, giving them helpful traits such as pesticide resistance. But that help may come with a cost. During that same period, a growing number of children have developed allergies to food. Despite assurances of safety from biotech companies and government agencies, the parallel timing has raised suspicion.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:28 am
Fri March 15, 2013

51% Show #1235

During Women's History Month, let's take a moment to consider what might hold women back from positions of leadership.  For some, the turning point happens early.

A psychologist was shocked at the loss of confidence her daughters experienced when they entered middle school.  She co-founded the Young Women’s Leadership Program at the University of Virginia, where college women pair with middle school girls to help them reach their potential.  After more than a decade, the program is now a national model. Alison Quantz has more.

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51 % The Women's Perspective
10:53 am
Fri March 8, 2013

51% Show #1234

We hear a lot about political reform – and election and campaign finance reform in particular.  This year in New York one race for the state senate was a stunning illustration of just how badly the election process needs review. 

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