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  When President Barack Obama took the oath of office for the second time, he’s followed it with an address that signaled a clear focus on progressive issues.

Gun violence, gay rights, climate change, voting reform, immigration – and equal pay – it’s a list of priorities that got the attention of conservatives across the country. But let’s break it down and look at just one issue – wage equity.

It’s still an issue in America in 2013, 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act. This year’s Equal Pay Day is April 9 – symbolizing how far into 2013 women have to work to earn what men earned in 2012.

A new study indicates women make just 77 cents to a dollar made by men, and the numbers are even worse for women of color. Sarah Crawford is Director of Workplace Fairness at the National Partnership for Women and Families, which commissioned the study.

Want to educate yourself on the wage gap? Go to the National Committee on Pay Equity’s website at pay-equity.org and also go to the National Partnership for Women and Families website at nationalpartnership.org

Coming up, a mission to understand the history, and the impacts, of feminism. 

  Women for Women International estimates that seventy percent of the world’s poor are women. Seventy percent of the casualties in recent global conflicts are women – both during and after wars. The World Health Organization reports that in 10 developing countries, anywhere from 15 to 71 percent of women between the ages of 15 to 49 reported having experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. In the US, women are more likely to finish school and get a college education, yet they will earn less than men. So why wouldn’t you be a feminist? And yet it’s a term that makes many people uncomfortable. Filmmaker Jennifer Lee created her new film, Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation, to try to understand.

Finally, we’re all familiar with ninjas. Women, we know, lived by the samurai code in feudal Japan just as men did. But did you know there were female ninjas? Gilles Malkine joins us with the story of a mysterious woman who organized a secret female army five hundred years ago.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme music is by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.


 Kevin Bartlett - Glow in the Dark 

Debbie Davies - Don’t Take Advantage of Me

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