Lizz  Winstead Anushay  Hossain Heather  White
Erica  Williams Simon Keli Goff Rep. Jan  Schakowsky (D-IL)
Cynthia Nixon Dr. Maya Angelou Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL)
Sarah Palin Cheri Jacobus Jane Pauley
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Darlene Kennedy Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Saba Ahmed Eve Ensler Michelle Bachelet
Amy  Siskind Rep. Carolyn  Maloney (D-NY) Kathleen Turner
Valerie  Jarrett Hilary Rosen Debra Carnahan


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To The Contrary Podcast, September 18, 2015

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Pope Francis & Women: Will the pontiff allow women into the priesthood? Paternity Leave: Men ask for equal paid parental leave. Girls Who Code: Getting young girls on the track to study and work in STEM fields. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Susan Ferrechio, Rina Shah Bharara, Erin Mats


To The Contrary Podcast, September 11, 2015

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Planned Parenthood: An all-male faction of the Republican Party threaten a government shutdown unless the government cuts all funding to Planned Parenthood. Politics & Sexism: With Donald Trump’s comments about Carly Fiorina’s face, and Hillary Clinton's drop in the polls to Bernie Sanders, we ask the question: how deeply rooted is sexism in American politics? The Sentencing Project: The often-overlooked problems faced by women who are incarcerated.


To The Contrary Podcast, September 4th 2015

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Pope & Abortion: Pope Francis authorizes all priests to forgive "the sin of abortion" for the "year of mercy." Sexual Assault Stats: Research calls into question the statistic that one in five women are raped in college. Black Women & Unions: The book "And Still I Rise" chronicles struggles and triumphs.PANEL: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Patricia Sosa, Darlene Kennedy, Francesca Chambers


To The Contrary Podcast, August 28, 2015

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Politics & Race: Donald Trump and Jeb Bush criticized for what some perceive as anti-immigrant rhetoric.Colleges Tackle Sexual Assault: After much debate, are campuses any safer? Elena Vanishing: One woman, with the help of her mother, tells her tale of struggling with anorexia. PANEL: Rina Shah Bharara; Megan Beyer; Ashe Schow; Anushay Hossain


To The Contrary Podcast, August 21, 2015

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Donald Trump: Is the businessman what the GOP needs to pull in more women voters? Transgender Women: Do transgender women understand sexism the same way other women do? Senator Claire McCaskill: In her new memoir, Plenty Ladylike, Sen. McCaskil reveals how she strives for success. PANEL: Clara Del Villar, Avis Jones DeWeever, Lara Brown, Patrice Lee


To The Contrary Podcast, August 14th 2015

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Re-Air: Entitlements; Lawmakers proposing restrictions to welfare. Discipline in Public Schools; Are minority girls disciplined in school more harshly than others? PANEL: Anushay Hossain, Jennifer Marshall, Danielle Moodie-Mills, and Darlene Kennedy.


To The Contrary Podcast, July 31st 2015

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Bacha Posh: A young Afghan girl dressed up and raised as a boy. Night Shelters: A shelter in India that offers protection for young children. Child Brides: young girls being married off in India. Child Slavery: Once child slave Shyima Hall tells her story. PANEL: Megan Beyer; Darlene Kennedy; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Rina Shah Bharara; Kim Gandy; Kellyanne Conway; Anushay Hossain


To The Contrary Podcast, July 24th, 2015

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Stopping sexual assault has become the focus of two institutions: higher education and the military. We take a look at what has been done and what more could be done to stop more people from becoming victims. PANEL: Ellie Smeal. Darlene Kennedy, Jenifer Rajkumar, Amber Smith


To The Contrary Podcast, July 17 2015

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Millennial Feminists: Some older feminists say millennials are not as feminist as they hoped. Meanwhile, some young women flood social media with #WhyIDontNeedFeminism. Armchair Activism: Are young feminist activists spending too much time online and not doing enough in the "real world"?


To The Contrary Podcast, July 3rd 2015

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Part I: The threats to our food supply, including illness and environmental factors. PANEL: Danielle Moodie-Mills, Amber Smith, Rina Shah, Debra Carnahan Part II: the transportation of goods. PANEL: Del. Eleanor Norton Holmes, Karin Agness, Erin Matson, Clara Del Villar

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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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Women Moving Millions

October 25, 2016 Women Moving Millions

"I can promise you that women working together – linked, informed and educated- can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet."    – Isabel Allende

by Cari Stein, TTC Executive Producer

Women working together accomplish great things.  That truth is embodied in Women Moving Millions, a group of 265 philanthropists, ALMOST exclusively female but including some men too. Individually and collectively they are taking on some of the most difficult challenges facing women and girls internationally and the United States.  Issues like child brides, refugees, education, pornography, sexual assault and harassment, gender equity just to name a few.

Women and Philanthropy was a topic, To the Contrary tackled 17 years ago (watch at 8:44)  at a time when there was scant attention to a slowly emerging trend. We interviewed female donors and women who ran women’s funds, a relatively new phenomenon at the time.  Our TTC survey found Americans didn’t know women controlled a slight bit more (51.3%) of the wealth in the country and they were starting to flex their philanthropic muscle.  

What a difference 17 years can make.  I recently secured a front row seat to a conference of visionary women committed to big, bold, impact driven giving to women and girls.  It was the Women Moving Millions Summit in San Francisco. Journalists don’t normally get an invitation to the summit. Perhaps it’s due to cultural norms that make women uncomfortable with bragging or seeking accolades for their philanthropic work. The charitable work they do is not about having their names on buildings, although in the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”  It just isn’t what these women seek to accomplish with their money.  Or maybe they worry the publicity would result in a deluge of unsolicited asks.  But in light of the great needs women and girls have today and a consciousness that stepping up and being visible about their gifts is inspiring to others, WMM opened its doors so I could get a peek into the world of Women Moving Millions.  

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Presidential and Down-ballot Races, Obamacare Premiums & Good Girls Revolt

October 25, 2016 Presidential and Down-ballot Races, Obamacare Premiums & Good Girls Revolt

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss the Senate and presidential races, Obamacare premiums, and the new show Good Girls Revolt.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is President and Founder of The Republican Muslim Coalition Saba Ahmed; Del., Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow; and President Emeritus of the Young Democrats of America, Atima Omara.

Click read more to see what they had to say!

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