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51% Show #1339

On this week’s 51%, one International Women’s Day event serves as a call to action, amid women’s resilience and ability to impact others.

An event entitled “One Woman. One World.” was one of thousands of events held in March on International Women’s Day. This particular event in Saratoga Springs, New York, featured a number of well-known women delivering their messages. First, I spoke with New York Times bestselling author and CBS This Morning contributor Lee Woodruff after she delivered her talk. She is the author of two memoirs – In An Instant, which she wrote with her husband, and Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress. She also has penned a novel entitled Those We Love Most. She created a foundation for wounded veterans with her husband -- ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff -- after his traumatic brain injury and recovery from a roadside bomb while covering the Iraq war. Woodruff believes what she terms the “four fs” -- family, friends, faith, and funny. 

Next, I spoke with author, speaker, playwright, actor, and marketing-to-women expert Mary Lou Quinlan. Her latest book, The God Box, became a New York Times bestseller. She has taken it to the stage in a solo show. I asked how she tailors her speaking to an audience of women. 

Weeding through the health information maze was the topic of Benita Zahn’s talk.  With a doctorate in bioethics, Zahn, a television news anchor and health reporter, is not the average health reporter. She spoke about how to evaluate health studies and grasp the useful, credible takeaways. I asked her the importance of her speaking on International Women’s Day. 

Regina Calcaterra is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island. Calcaterra, a public and private sector attorney who has held high New York State appointed positions, is a foster care advocate and recipient of numerous humanitarian awards. Her talk at “One Woman. One World.” was a primer on how we can engage to change individual lives and communities. I asked her what it meant for her to speak on International Women’s Day.

Joanne Yepsen is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, New York. She is also a co-founder and organizer of “One Woman. One World.,” which marked its fourth year March 8 amid the 104 International Women’s Day. Yepsen defines “One Woman. One World.” 

And that’s our one show for the world this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. 

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