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Panelists discuss Violence Against Women's Act. Then, women's health and the Supreme Court. Behind the headlines: gleaning and why it is important in feeding America's hungry.
Panelists discuss Arizona's new stance on womens health, including a bill restricting access to contraception. Then, we turn to the new documentary 'Bully' and the teenager who is trying to make sure every kid sees the movie. Behind the headlines: a new initiative, The 2012 Project, wants to get more women in public office, including women from unconventional places.
In honor of Women's History Month, watch our specials from the past including interviews with Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep on her Oscar winning role as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor speaks on her historic appointment to the Supreme Court. Also featuring interviews with Nancy Pelosi, when she was the first female Speaker of the House, and the most honored African-American woman in the civil rights movement, Dr. Dorothy Height, and the story of a female Pharaoh.
This week, Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill fight back, holding their own hearing on contraception. Then, French women will no longer be called 'mademoiselle'. Behind the Headlines: A high schooler spends her senior year pretending to be pregnant to challenge stereotypes about pregnant teens.
This week, birth control politics heat up on Capitol Hill and the GOP campaign trail. Then, women's boxing will make history in this year's Olympic games. Behind the Headlines, Finland's first woman President talks about her presidency and its impact.
This week, President Obama compromises with religious leaders, no longer requiring them to provide birth control to women through insurance. Then, the Pentagon releases new recommendations putting women closer to the front lines. Behind the Headlines, The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel shares President Obama's status with progressives and his chances in the 2012 election.
This week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation backtracked after controversy over announcements it would no longer fund breast exams at Planned Parenthood. Then, a new documentary sheds light on the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. Behind the Headlines, in honor of Black History Month we talk to Vernice Armour, America's first Black female combat pilot.
This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wants off the "high wire of American politics." Then, the First Lady announces new regulations for school lunches, which some question as too intrusive by the government. Behind the Headlines, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) on her run for Senate.
This week, the Pentagon announced new initiatives to stop sexual assaults in the military. Then, OP Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's ex-wife reveals shocking information about their marriage that could impact his campaign. Behind the Headlines, Working Mother Media's push for paid parental leave.
This week, panelists discuss whether an anti-contraception movement is on the horizon as GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum's opposition to birth control is gaining national attention. Then, millions of female low-income workers in eight states got pay raises thanks to an increase in minimum wage. Lastly, Behind the Headlines: Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas shares why she is retiring from Congress and what's next for her.
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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 ...More »
In honor of Women's History Month, To the Contrary is accepting blog posts from individuals and organizations we have been working with over the past 23 years. Here's the first in our series.
By Katie Taylor, USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health
Every year, International Women’s Day on March 8th, provides a global platform to focus attention on the continued need to improve women’s status and opportunities all over the world. We know that when women are healthy and educated they trigger progress for themselves, their communities and countries. Women are able to participate in the work force, and are more likely to have healthy, educated children - issuing in a cycle of opportunity rather than perpetuating a cycle of poverty.
A new USAID report, produced by The DHS Program, Women’s Lives and Challenges: Equality and Empowerment since 2000, assesses progress toward gender equality over the past decade. This report, among the most extensive recent assessments of women’s status, looks at women’s progress in four continents and more than 45 countries. Based on almost 100 national surveys, Women’s Lives and Challenges evaluates levels and trends in women’s access to education and health care, employment, domestic decision-making, and experience of violence.Read More »