Shelby Knox Angela McGlowan Bettina  Inclan
Cheri Jacobus Benazir Bhutto Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Melinda Gates Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) Cynthia Nixon
Dr. Maya Angelou Jane Pauley Kay James
Anushay  Hossain Donna  Brazile Amy  Siskind
Erin Matson Mandy Moore Christy Turlington
Roslyn Brock Sabrina Schaeffer Rep. Carolyn  Maloney (D-NY)
Jennifer Sevilla Korn Melanne Verveer Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Past Programs


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Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Date: 12/31/2010
Program Number: 1943
Panelists: No Panel: This was a documentary.

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  • Speaker Pelosi: As Republicans prepare to take control of the House, Nancy Pelosi reflects on her legacy as the first female Speaker of the House.

Street Nurses

Date: 12/24/2010
Program Number: 1942
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Center for Equal Opportunity Chair Linda Chavez; The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel; and Former Labor Dept. Official Karen Czarnecki.

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  • Cutting the Deficit: Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a member of the President's fiscal commission, discusses her proposal for trimming the federal deficit.

  • Street Nurses: The controversial method some medical professionals have adopted to decriminalize drug use.

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Dr. Maya Angelou

Date: 12/17/2010
Program Number: 1941
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Judge and Former Federal Prosecutor Debra Carnahan; and Independent Women's Forum's Nicole Kurokawa.

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  • Protecting Female Cadets: A report from the Defense Department shows an increase in sexual assaults at the nation's top military academies.

  • Mentors vs. Sponsors: A new study finds professional women need male mentors and sponsors to get promotions and higher compensation at work.

  • Sharing Her Wisdom: Renaissance woman Dr. Maya Angelou talks about her life, her career, and how she hopes to inspire women to see their own beauty and strength.

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Lisa Cortes

Date: 12/10/2010
Program Number: 1940
Panelists: Former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez; Former Clinton Advisor Patricia Sosa; Conservative Commentator Tara Setmayer; and Journalist and Blogger Danielle Belton.

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  • Failing to Make The Grade: American students lag behind their global peers.

  • Blue-Collar Marriages: Fewer job opportunities and greater financial stress have led to a decline in marriage among the working class.

  • Women in Film: Lisa Cortes, executive producer of the critically-acclaimed and Oscar-nominated movie 'Precious,' talks about the state of women in Hollywood.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Date: 12/03/2010
Program Number: 1939
Panelists: Judge and Formal Federal Prosecutor Debra Carnahan; The Heritage Foundation's Genevieve Wood; Human Rights Program Specialist Mariam Memarsadeghi; and Conservative Commentator Darlene Kennedy.

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  • Tracking Women Online: The Federal Trade Commission proposes a plan to protect Internet users from advertisers and cyberstalkers.

  • Transgender Athletes: Several sports organizations allow transgender athletes to compete, but how will their inclusion impact gender rules on and off the playing field?

  • Political Islam and Political Correctness: Author and ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali discusses her book Nomad.

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Older Women & Retirement

Date: 04/10/2010
Program Number: 1805
Panelists: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Former Labor Department Official Karen Czarnecki; The Progressive Magazine's Ruth Conniff; and Conservative Columnist Star Parker.

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  • Same-Sex Marriage: Gay marriage proponents celebrate what could be a possible turning point as Vermont becomes the fourth state to allow same-sex marriage.
  • The Bad Moms: A growing online community of mothers claim the bad-girl traits that they say motherhood threatens to take away.
  • Older Women & Retirement: Faced with anxiety and inadequate savings, more women are staying in the workforce longer. 

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