Month: March 2013

Editor: Reproductive rights still a major issue on International Women’s Day

In the realm of women’s rights, some say society seems to move two steps forward before going one step back with victories such as the passage of the Violence Against Women Act and setbacks such as the passage in Arkansas of one of the most stringent anti-abortion laws.

With the subject of women’s rights, and in particular women’s reproductive rights, constantly in the news, Katherine Spillar, executive editor of Ms. Magazine, says women must become more active in order to demand a greater voice and protect their rights.

Despite Friday marking International Women’s Day, Spillar believes women must act every day to ensure progress.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Spillarto to look at the state of American women on the eve of this holiday.



Teacher: Too Many Politicians Have Too Little Experience With Education

President Barack Obama has been vocalizing his stance on education quite a bit recently—between his inaugural address and his State of the Union address—but those in the schools have noticed how public officials continue to fail to understand what really goes on in the classroom.

Between standardized testing and the No Child Left Behind law, some say that U.S. education policy has done nothing but make teaching more difficult.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Dr. Anthony Nelson, a high school science teacher from near Chicago, to discuss what can be done to address these shortfalls.



Groups Harnessing Power of Women to Send More Females to Public Office

Now that the Congresswomen who now compose the greatest number of women in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Senate have settled into their jobs, the battles over gender and policy have continued.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with L. Joy Williams, founder of New York City-based LJW Community Strategies,to talk about how younger women, African American women and those who have not usually been empowered are making waves in the larger culture.