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.
Japan's nuclear regulatory authority is now dealing with a new emergency... contaminated water from the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant has spilled over underground walls built to contain it. The watchdog group warns that levels of radioactivity in the Pacific Ocean will rapidly rise unless active measures are taken quickly. Tens of thousands of tons of radioactive water were dumped into the Pacific as an emergency measure shortly after the plant was destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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
While the world watched, former national security contractor Edward Snowden raced around the world in an effort to find sanctuary after revealing what the US government says were state secrets. He leaked details of mass surveillance by the US and UK – revelations that proved deeply embarrassing, and only became more so as the US demanded his return, only to be rebuffed by China and Russia.
When President Bill Clinton announced he'd stopped eating meat and dairy on the advice of his doctors, it seemed to tip the scales of public opinion, shifting veganism from an earthy crunchy fringe idea to one that deserved serious consideration. Ten years ago, an upstate New York farm animal sanctuary opened its doors, at first focusing on saving horses and cows from abusive situations.
American Independence Day is a good time to consider what's been happening in a country halfway across
the world. Turkey is a democracy, but not all democracies are created equal. Let's start with the Global Ethics Corner from the Carnegie Council. They created this commentary on the internal conflicts that are behind the current crisis.