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51% Show #1186

FM: National Productions
DT: Friday April 6, 2012
RE: 51% Show #1186
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Here is this week's information on 51% #1186.
BILLBOARD – Susan Barnett (Music Out)


The UN Food and Agricultural Organization estimated that more than 925 million people experienced chronic hunger in 2010 – and more than 60 percent of them are women. This year’s UN commission on the Status of Women meeting discussed the empowerment of rural women to improve communities, and after The Hunger Project’s MaryEllen McNish made her presentation. 51%’s Dr. Sharon Ufberg asked her to share what The Hunger Project has learned through its work in 11 different countries.

7:39  The Hunger Project  Ufberg

Dr. Sharon Ufberg spoke with MaryEllen McNish of The Hunger Project outside the meetings at this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Coming up, Sharon Spies remembers some magic from her blue collar job, and Gilles Malkine profiles one of America’s least secretive spies. If you missed part of this show or want to hear it again, visit the 51% archives at wamc.org. This week’s show is #1186.


Women, traditionally, haven’t been a large percentage of the workforce in the trades. According to ten year old statistics from the Economic Policy Institute, women made up less than ten percent of the blue collar workforce. But the trades, particularly union jobs, offer training and salaries that can be very appealing, and writer Sharon Spies says there’s a camaraderie that is unforgettable.

     7:16  Sharon Spies  Non-Traditional Job

Sharon Spies lives in New York’s Capital District.

And finally, Gilles Malkine profiles another woman in a non-traditional job – American spy Belle Boyd.

     5:52  Belle Boyd  Malkine

Gilles Malkine is a writer and musician who lives near New York’s Catskill Mountains.


That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme music is by Kevin Bartlett.

If you’d like to hear this show again, or visit the 51% archives, go to our website at our flagship station, WAMC.org. You can also find a regular column related to 51% at feminist.com. Thanks so much for joining us…we’ll be back next week with another edition of 51% The Women's Perspective.

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