51% Show #1369

Oct 16, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we hear about helping women take the lead, there's hope for reducing child marriages in Africa, and a story about a voodoo queen.

We bring you the first installment of a 51% segment called “Force of Nature,” from Dr. Sharon Ufberg. She is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom. As a freelance journalist, she regularly blogs for The Huffington Post and lives in California's Napa Valley. This week, she interviews Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take The Lead, to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. Sharon asks her for the  most recent statistics regarding pay parity and corporate boardroom representation.  

Gloria Feldt

That was Co-Founder and President of Take the Lead Gloria Feldt, speaking with Dr. Sharon Ufberg of 51%'s Force of Nature. 

Force of Nature is recorded at the InnerVoice Network.

Child marriage is defined as a union when one or both of the partners are under the age of 18. Girls stand to be more frequent victims. Rights groups are opposed to child marriage because it robs children of their basic freedoms and deprives them of life-changing opportunities, such as a good education. However, recent research in sub-Saharan Africa shows it us possible to decrease the number of children being forced into wedlock. DW correspondent Ashata Sponde brings us more with this report.  

In the mid 1800's, boomtown-San Francisco was a city of men, with only about 15 percent women. Slavery was illegal in the West but still, white men were the ones cashing out on the boom. Mostly. Then there was Mary Ellen Pleasant. She was one of the richest and most powerful people in the state-- and she was a black woman. In fact she was a freedom fighter-- they called her the Black City Hall. But today, Pleasant is barely remembered. The story that does get told is a mythologized tale about San Francisco’s so-called Voodoo Queen.  Olivia Cueva and Liza Veale brings us the story from KALW’s Crosscurrents.  

And that's our show 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.