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.



Child Abuse and Adult Obesity

Another factor that may in part explain a link between behavior and obesity in African-American women is the subject of this conversation.

Pediatrician with the Boston Medical Center, Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett shares the data the paper she authored, “Child and Adolescent Abuse in Relation to Obesity in Adulthood: The Black Women’s Health Study.”

More than 33,000 women were studied, and there is growing evidence that mild, moderate or severe sexual or physical abuse can cause a girl to become an obese adult.

Protecting Pregnant Women in the Workplace

Yes, it really is just as simple as protecting pregnant women on the job.

Jamila Bey talks with Phoebe Taubman, senior staff attorney with A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center, about how U.S. law should be modified to ensure pregnant women are not disenfranchised in their places of business.