June 20, 2014

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss human trafficking, working families, and the divided reaction to all male panels at women’s summits.

On the panel this week joining host  Bonnie Erbe is Former Judge and Federal Prosecutor Debra Carnahan, Journalist Anushay Hossain, Republican Strategist Rina Shah, The Heritage Foundation’s Genevieve Wood.

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Human Trafficking

The State Department launches new Trafficking In Persons report.

  • Debra Carnahan: "We’re taking good steps but it’s time for us to start running towards the solution.”

  • Anushay Hossain: "We need to emphasize the trafficking problem we have at home.”

  • Rina Shah: "The US annual budget is equivalent to what we spend a few hours on the war on drugs.”

  • Genevieve Wood: “Considering trafficking is a $9 billion dollar industry in this country, clearly we aren’t doing enough.”

  • Trafficking Survivor Elisabeth Corey: "The TIF Report is a very good start. We need to start putting monetary sanctions onto those countries that are not taking trafficking seriously.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “It’s amazing to me... We ended slavery late 150 years ago, but now it’s growing again?”


Working Families

Valerie Jarrett speaks about upcoming White House Summit on Working Families.

  • Debra Carnahan: "I’ve also had my own business and I’ve had children and it’s very, very difficult.”

  • Anushay Hossain: ”The US is the only industrialized country in the world without national paid [maternity] leave, and something needs to change.”  

  • Rina Shah: “How do these companies, small businesses particularly,  remain competitive in today’s globally competitive workplace?”

  • Genevieve Wood: ”I think worker flexibility is a great thing...One reason is that it retains a good workforce.”

  • Valerie Jarrett: "Women are now nearly half of the workforce...a woman’s contribution to the family income is more important than ever before.”


All Male Panels

An all male panels at women’s global summit spurs divided response.

  • Debra Carnahan: “I don't know that I’ll let them have a leadership position but they can certainly have a supporting role.”

  • Anushay Hossain: "What these men are actually demonstrating is that feminism is good for business.”

  • Rina Shah: “If these men want to get up on stage and show that  women's issues impact their companies and their cognisant of that and they wanna act on that then we need them.  

  • Genevieve Wood: “I think the average woman actually likes men and I think they're often turned off by women who only wanna act like they're for women and that they're almost anti-male in some ways.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: "Women will never get to where they need to be unless men are on board.”


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