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Pope Francis & Women; Paternity Leave; Girls Who Code

September 18, 2015

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss Roman Catholic women priests, a parental leave suit, and a nationwide initiative training girls in computer science.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Washington Examiner Chief Congressional Correspondent Susan Ferrechio, Republican Strategist Rina Shah Bharara, Co-founder, Reproaction Erin Matson

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Irrepressible Crank

September 17, 2015

by Sallie Bingham

Sometimes I think we are all too nice.

I know I am.

But there are exceptions—possibly more all the time!

I met two of them at a NOW dinner the other night. Since I don’t have their permission to quote them, I will change their names to X (the woman) and Y (the man, who is also her husband).

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Redeeming a Queen: Revenge Porn and Women

September 16, 2015 Vanessa Williams, the first African-American Miss America, on stage prior to the scandal that lost her the tiara.

By Bridget Reed Morawski

More than three decades after being asked to give up her crown following a nude photo scandal, Vanessa Williams was issued an on-air apology.

It came during the Miss America 2016 pageant this past weekend. Making special note of her grace and talent, pageant CEO, Sam Haskell, embraced a teary eyed Williams as he made the announcement.

“I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are, and the Miss America you always will be,” Haskell said.

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Kentucky Foundation for Women

September 14, 2015

Nzingha-Beverley Sweeney-Sheppard , the recipient of the 2015 Sallie Bingham Award. This award, named for KFW's founder, honors honors a Kentucky woman who has made outstanding contributions to changing the lives of women in our state through feminist expression in the arts. In selecting Nzingha for this honor, KFW staff and board considered her strong work as an artist, mentor, and long-time KFW Board member and ally. Nzingha is am inspiring feminist artist and cultural worker who has been involved in a wide range of institutional and grassroots social change efforts, and who has held the space of elder and grounding presence on the KFW Board. Nzingha approaches her work with passion and integrity, and has earned deep gratitude and respect from her colleagues at KFW and beyond. She exemplifies the vision of the Foundation as set forth by Sallie Bingham, and our state is better off because of her presence here.

Alexis D. Meza , the inaugural recipient of KFW's new Firestarter Award. The purpose of this award is to honor a young woman who shows meaningful promise in developing as a feminist social change artist, and whose work has the potential to create positive change for women and girls in Kentucky. Alexis was nominated by KFW grantee Diane Kahlo. Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Alexis is a visual artist and recent graduate of Kentucky State University where she studied mass communications and journalism. She is currently developing a radio show as well as a documentary showcasing the experiences, struggles, and contributions of Latino immigrants in Lexington and across Kentucky. We look forward to seeing this inspiring young artist's work as it evolves.



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Introducing Our New Fall Intern, Bridget Reed

September 13, 2015

My name is Bridget Reed Morawski and this semester I will be working as a production intern for PBS' To The Contrary.

Originally hailing from the Mayfair neighborhood of Philadelphia, I was educated at Emerson College in the heart of Boston.  I majored in journalism with an environmental studies minor. On any given day, my classes had me covering rallies on the Boston Common or interviewing community organizers in the Colombian community of East Boston.


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About the Host - Bonnie Erbé

To The Contrary Host: Bonnie Erbé

Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has ...

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