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51% #1579: A Few Female Ocean Firsts; Embracing A New Identity

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises

On this week’s 51%, she’s considered a gender barrier disruptor on the high seas; plus a new identity and new motherhood are a lot to shoulder.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is the first and only woman to lead one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise line brands. She’s also responsible for hiring the industry’s first American female captain of a cruise ship. Lutoff-Perlo, who was appointed the first woman president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises in December 2014, was awarded an Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill medal for her role as a gender barrier disruptor and equity and diversity promotor. Dr. Sharon Ufberg interviewed Lutoff-Perlo shortly before the October Val-Kill Medal ceremony at the Eleanor Roosevelt home in Hyde Park, New York. Ufberg asks how Lutoff-Perlo got to where she is. 

Dr. Sharon Ufberg is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom, in California.

October 11 was Day Of The Girl, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo marked it by signing legislation requiring menstrual product packages or boxes sold in the state to contain a plain and conspicuous printed list of all the ingredients in the products. And now New York is the first state in the nation to require ingredient labels on menstrual products. The legislation takes effect 180 days after it was signed, and product manufacturers will have 18 months to develop new packaging or labels with the ingredients. Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat from Manhattan and author of the bill, says she hopes other states follow suit with this type of disclosure law. Cuomo says the mandate will empower women to make their own decisions about what goes into or on their bodies.

Sherry Holdridge talks about her grandmother's experiences during WWII, polio, and the store she opened, Oh Say USA. This story was created during workshops for veterans, military service members, and their families during summer 2019. 

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament on October 15 overwhelmingly passed a bill that aims to give single women and lesbian couples legal access to in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility medication. The assisted reproduction measures are part of a broader bioethics bill voted by the National Assembly, the lower house, where French President Emmanuel Macron's government has a majority. The bill passed 359-114. It must still go to the Senate for debate. France's health care system would cover the cost of the assisted reproduction procedures for all women under 43. French law currently allows in vitro fertilization and related procedures only for infertile heterosexual couples. Many ineligible French women travel abroad to undergo IVF treatment.

Joe DePrang knows that embracing his new identity is what's right for him, but worries about how it will affect his two young children. Michelle Dahlenburg brings us the story.


That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Elizabeth Hill 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. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio

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