Debra Carnahan Rep. Donna Edwards Darlene Kennedy
Former Rep. Mary  Bono (R-CA) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Rebecca  Traister
Lizz  Winstead Erica  Williams Simon Former Senator Blanche  Lambert Lincoln (D-AR)
Janet Jagan Cari Dominguez Saba Ahmed
Kathleen Turner Megan Beyer Carrie Lukas
Marcia Fudge Jennifer  Marshall Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Latifa Lyles Bev Perdue
Melinda Gates Bettina  Inclan Nicolle Wallace

Past Programs

Summaries of To the Contrary's shows from 1996 to present are listed. You can also watch full episodes from 2010 to the present online here.

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Date: 12/26/1997
Program Number: 640
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Irene Natividad, Elaine Chao, Judsen Culbreth

Featured Topics:

• Women in 1997

• Girl Power-interview with HHS Secretary Donna Shalala on a program to raise self- esteem in girls.

Women and Ambition

Date: 12/19/1997
Program Number: 638
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Irene Natividad, Elaine Chao, Judsen Culbreth

Featured Topics:

• Children and cyber-porn

• The GOP courting women

• Women and ambition-in a new survey, Working Mother Magazine finds many women are proud to call themselves ambitious.

Standardizing Mammograms

Date: 12/05/1997
Program Number: 637
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Diane Rehm, Julianne Malveaux, Susan Au Allen

Featured Topics:

• Declining abortion rates

• Same-sex sexual harrassment

• The quality of mammograms-Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski talks about the need for higher standards.

American Foreign Aid and Family Planning

Date: 11/28/1997
Program Number: 636
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Ann Stone, Darlene Kennedy, Robin Duke

Featured Topics:

• Slapping teenage children

• Barbie's new look

• Family planning overseas-a first-hand look at how American funds are used in Morocco.

At-Risk Youth

Date: 11/21/1997
Program Number: 635
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, Elisa Sanchez, Ann Stone

Featured Topics:

• The Magnificent Seven

• Women and courts-getting off easy

• Girls and violence-Kansas City's Youthnet engages at-risk youth.

Women and Climate Change

Date: 11/14/1997
Program Number: 634
Panelists: Del. Elearnor Holmes Norton, Jan Parshall, Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Wendy Gramm

Featured Topics:

• Feelings about adoption

• Mothers favored in immigration law

• Women and climate change-interview with EPA Administrator Carol Browner

Women Fighting Racism-Project Change

Date: 11/07/1997
Program Number: 633
Panelists: Linda Chavez, Irene Natividad, Jan Parshall, Anita Perez Ferguson

Featured Topics:

• The British au pair murder case-a lesson for working moms?

• Men and plastic surgery

• Women fighting racism-a look at Project Change

Unmarried Motherhood

Date: 10/31/1997
Program Number: 632
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Elaine Chao, Irene Natividad, Ann Stone

Featured Topics:

• The Utah gay rights lawsuit

• Women at the polls

• Single motherhood-author and single mom Melissa Ludtke talks about her experiences

Women and Power in the Senate

Date: 10/24/1997
Program Number: 631
Panelists: Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, Tillie Fowler, Harriett Woods, Darlene Kennedy

Featured Topics:

• White House Child Care Conference

• The Million Woman March

• Women gaining power in the Senate-interview with Freshman Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu

Women, Motherhood, and Feminism

Date: 10/17/1997
Program Number: 630
Panelists: Del. Elearnor Holmes Norton, Camille Paglia, Lynn Martin, Elaine Chao

Featured Topics:

• Women and technology

• Women encounter chauvinism in the British House of Commons

• Motherhood and feminism-author Anne Roiphe talks about bringing moms into the movement

Title IX

Date: 10/10/1997
Program Number: 629
Panelists: Camille Paglia, Lynn Martin, Irene Natividad, Darlene Kennedy

Featured Topics:

• Washington and women-author Marianne Williamson talks about the disconnect

• Strengthening Title IX-Senator Moseley Braun talks about her Fair Play Act.

Women and Gossip

Date: 10/03/1997
Program Number: 628
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Hazel O'Leary, Rep. Louise Slaughter, Elaine Chao

Featured Topics:

• The growing wage gap

• Contraception legislation to stop unwanted pregnancies

• Women and Gossip--interview with reporter Annie Groer

Working Mother Companies

Date: 09/26/1997
Program Number: 627
Panelists: Judsen Culbreth, Arianna Huffington, Susan Au Allen, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Featured Topics:

• Fen/Phen

• Marv Albert Suit

• Working Mother Companies

Women and Community Service

Date: 09/19/1997
Program Number: 626
Panelists: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Susan Au Allen, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jan Parshall

Featured Topics:

Fall Fashion--gender bending?

Teens: violence, crime,and how love helps

Women and Community Service--interview with WETA founder Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell

Maasai Women

Date: 09/12/1997
Program Number: 625
Panelists: Ann Stone, Anita Perez Ferguson, Julianne Malveaux, Jan Parshall

Featured Topics:

• VMI, Citadel, and Aberdeen scandals

• Paula Jones loses her lawyers

• Maasai women and western influences

Women and Healthcare

Date: 09/05/1997
Program Number: 624
Panelists: Pat Schroeder, Connie Morella, Susan Au Allen, Irene Natividad

Featured Topics:

• Teens smoking and movie influence

• NOW vs. Promise Keepers

• Women and Healthcare, interview with Leslie Laurence

Pay Equity

Date: 08/29/1997
Program Number: 623
Panelists: Pat Schroeder, Connie Morella, Susan Au Allen, Hazel O'Leary

Featured Topics:

• G.I. Jane

• Proposition 209

Pay Equity--interview with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Single-sex Education

Date: 08/22/1997
Program Number: 622
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Linda Chavez, Jan Parshall, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Marital satisfaction survey: Couples without kids more happy than those with kids

• Brainy Barbies--the new Career Collection has doctor Barbie, dentist Barbie and paleontologist Barbie

• Does single-sex education empower or weaken girls?


Date: 08/15/1997
Program Number: 621
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Darlene Kennedy, Irene Natividad, Victoria Toensing

Featured Topics:

• SBA makes it easier for white women to get government contracts

• Welfare reform is one year old

• Hutelmyer ex-wife sues new wife and wins $1 million

Sidelining Women Reporters

Date: 08/08/1997
Program Number: 620
Panelists: Karen DeWitt, Elaine Shannon, Jan Parshall, Adrienne Washington

Featured Topics:

• Child support and fed real collection power

Older moms--costs and benefits to society

Sidelining women reporters--does society lose out when women are not in positions of authority in the media?


Date: 08/01/1997
Program Number: 619
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Kellyanne Fitzpatrick, Irene Natividad, Victoria Toensing

Featured Topics:

Lilith Fair--a celebration of women in mainstream music

• Fewer women on Capitol Hill after years of growth

Princessa: Women and power--do women need to act like Machiavelli to get what they want?

Ground Zero

Date: 07/18/1997
Program Number: 617
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Elisa Sanchez, Darlene Kennedy, Susan Au Allen

Featured Topics:

• Women leaving their newborns for dead

A male executive is fired for telling a female coworker about a racy TV show--he sued his former employer and won $26 million

• "Ground Zero," a book on women in military culture

D.C. Head Start

Date: 07/11/1997
Program Number: 616
Panelists: Pat Schroeder, Linda Chavez, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Darlene Kennedy

Featured Topics:

The new Census and Multi ethnic Categories--what do the new standards have in store for minorities, congressional districts, and federal contracts? How will these categories affect how we think of ourselves?

• D.C. Head Start

Gender Economic Stereotypes

Date: 07/04/1997
Program Number: 615
Panelists: Hazel O'Leary, Jan Parshall, Chang Bloch, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

"Lolita"--Nabokov's classic story about a man's obsession with a 12 year old girl is a new $50 million Jeremy Irons film. However no one in the US will distribute it. Does Hollywood have a case of the the morals?

• Eastern Europe wants to stop American adoptions

Gender Economic Stereotypes--glass ceilings and sticky floors. How far have women really come in the work force? The average woman misses $420,000 over a lifetime of work. Interview with Heidi Hartmann from the Institute for Women's Policy Research

Chore Wars--Men and Women on Dirt

Date: 06/27/1997
Program Number: 614
Panelists: Elaine Chao, Karen DeWitt, Harriet Woods, Jan Parshall

Featured Topics:

Sexual identity and young girls--are we teaching sexual responsibility? Interview with Naomi Wolf on her new book, "Promiscuities."

Chore Wars: Sharing household work

Clean Air--a Reality?

Date: 06/20/1997
Program Number: 613
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Elaine Chao, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Helen Chenoweth

Featured Topics:

• The 25th birthday of Title IX--how far have we come and how far do we have left to go?

• Genetic testing--a right of privacy issue, not for the insurance companies

• Strengthening Clean Air standards--protecting kids or punishing businesses?

Fathers in the 90s

Date: 06/13/1997
Program Number: 612
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Lynn Martin, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Elaine Chao

Featured Topics:

Republicans and Affirmative Action--are they pro AA in their offices but against it as policy?

• The new generation of American fathers

Wither Feminism

Date: 06/06/1997
Program Number: 611
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Darlene Kennedy, Josette Shiner, Eleanor Holmes Norton

Featured Topics:

Secretary Cohen supports General Ralston despite his record of adultery--women's groups are outraged

• Feminists come to Paula Jones' defense after Clinton White House threatens to delve into her sexual history

Women in Non Traditional Careers

Date: 05/30/1997
Program Number: 610
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Susan Au Allen, Lynn Martin, Anita Perez Ferguson

Featured Topics:

• Female Harvard professor denied tenure

• Women in blue collar occupations

Protecting Your Assets

Date: 05/23/1997
Program Number: 609
Panelists: Julianne Malveaux, Josette Shiner, Lyn Martin, Anita Perez Ferguson

Featured Topics:

• Lieutenant Kelly Flynn faces court martial

• Senate passes late term abortions

• Protecting your assets

Minority Women in Higher Education

Date: 05/16/1997
Program Number: 608
Panelists: Pat Schroeder, Linda Chavez, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jan Parshall

Featured Topics:

• Senator Susan Collins on women and fundraising

• Students at Mills College ask for more faculty and administrators of color

Bringing Up Girls

Date: 05/09/1997
Program Number: 607
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Linda Chavez, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Diane Rehm

Featured Topics:

• Custody battles

• Bringing up daughters to have more self-esteem

Women & Law Schools

Date: 05/02/1997
Program Number: 606
Panelists: Geraldine Ferraro, Victoria Toensing, Irene Natividad, Darlene Kennedy

Featured Topics:

• Marriage annulments in the Catholic Church

• Women in law schools aren't doing as well as men

Women in Business

Date: 04/25/1997
Program Number: 605
Panelists: Connie Morella, Elaine Chao, Hazel O'Leary, Harriet Woods

Featured Topics:

• 63-year old woman gives birth

• Presidents' Summit on Volunteerism

• Women entrepreneurs are being solicited by banks

Female Athletes

Date: 04/18/1997
Program Number: 604
Panelists: Donna Shalala, Arianna Huffington, Susan Au Allen, Julianne Malveaux

Featured Topics:

• Clinton Administration launches new program to raise self-esteem of young girls called Girl Power!

• Female athletes

Earth Day: Environmental effects on women's health

Abolition of Marriage

Date: 04/11/1997
Program Number: 603
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Jan Parshall, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Kathleen Kennedy

Featured Topics:

• Talking to your kids about drugs

• Abolition of marriage

Women in the Ministry

Date: 04/04/1997
Program Number: 602
Panelists: Arianna Huffington, Julianne Malveaux, Irene Natividad, Josette Shiner

Featured Topics:

New Study: Kids in day care do just as well as those cared for by their mothers at home

• Ellen DeGeneres'' TV character is out of the closet

• Women in the ministry

Managed Care

Date: 03/28/1997
Program Number: 601
Panelists: Dr. Antonia Novello, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Arianna Huffington, Anita Perez Ferguson

Featured Topics:

• Clinton Administration allocates federal funds for abstinence education

• Women navigating managed care

Access to Banking

Date: 03/21/1997
Program Number: 552
Panelists: Aida Alvarez, Irene Natividad, Darlene Kennedy, Susan Au Allen; Special Guest: Diana Dorn Jones

Featured Topics:

• Pornography on the Internet

• Alexis Herman's confirmation hearings

• African American entrepreneurs

Fireproof Your Career

Date: 03/14/1997
Program Number: 551
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jan Parshall, Julianne Malveaux, Darlene Kennedy

Featured Topics:

• Army sex scandal

• Late-term abortions

• Interview with Lynn Wymon

Alternative Communications for Women

Date: 03/07/1997
Program Number: 550
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Arianna Huffington, Julianne Malveaux, Lynn Martin

Featured Topics:

• Fornication laws against pregnant teens

• Child labor laws

• Interview with Martha Burke of Feminist Faxnet

Women Peacemakers

Date: 02/28/1997
Program Number: 549
Panelists: Jean Kirkpatrick, Diane Rehm, Irene Natividad, Susan Au Allen

Featured Topics:

• Birth Control pills the morning after

• Secretary of State Madeline Albright in China

• Weaving Peace--Egyptian/Israeli women

Access to Women's Organizations

Date: 02/21/1997
Program Number: 548
Panelists: Anita Perez-Ferguson, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Harriet Woods, Kennedy, Prema Mathai-Davis (2nd half only)

Featured Topics:

Flex time and women--legislation

• Junior League reaches out to women and minorities

Peru and Population Issues

Date: 02/14/1997
Program Number: 547
Panelists: Geraldine Ferraro, Connie Morella, Darlene Kennedy, Harriett Woods, Robin Chandler Duke (2nd half only)

Featured Topics:

• Sexual harassment in the Army

• Resource depletion in Peru & Population planning

Black History Month

Date: 02/07/1997
Program Number: 546
Panelists: Darlene Kennedy, Carol Moseley-Braun, Cynthia McKinney, Lynn Martin, Karen DeWitt (2nd half only)

Featured Topics:

• Welfare reform

Interview--Nell Irvin Painter on Sojourner Truth

Diversity on Campus

Date: 01/31/1997
Program Number: 545
Panelists: Pat Schroeder, Lynn Martin, Susan Au Allen, Cynthia McKinney

Featured Topics:

• Drive-through mastectomies

• Barnard's diversity program

Women and Retirement

Date: 01/17/1997
Program Number: 543
Panelists: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Arianna Huffington, Karen DeWitt, Victoria Toensing

Featured Topics:

• Abortion bombing--Atlanta, GA

• Mitsubishi /Jackson--Texaco

• Interview with Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Women Legislators

Date: 01/10/1997
Program Number: 542
Panelists: Woods, Anita Perez Ferguson, Jan Parshall, Darlene Kennedy

Featured Topics:

• Immigration law and homosexuals

• Interracial adoptions

• Interview with Robin Reade

Dieting in America

Date: 01/03/1997
Program Number: 541
Panelists: Irene Natividad, Julianne Malveaux, Jan Parshall, Darlene Kennedy

Featured Topics:

• Dallas Cowboy's Michael Irvin--Williams charges

• Evita phenomenon

• New diet pills--interview with Sheldon Milner

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