51% Show #1385

Jan 28, 2016

On this week’s 51%, a university creates an endowment chair for a feminist icon; we hear about women of color becoming doulas. Then nurses help refugees navigate the health care system. Plus, we catch a glimpse of courtship in Kazakhstan. 

Rutgers University in New Jersey is doing something officials there say is the first endeavor of its kind… creating an endowment chair in the name of a living feminist icon – Gloria Steinem. 51%’s Patrick Garrett spoke with Alison Bernstein, the Director for the Institute of Women’s Leadership and Professor of History at Rutgers. 

That was 51%’s Patrick Garrett speaking with Alison Bernstein, Director for the Institute of Women’s Leadership and Professor of History at Rutgers University about the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies.

A doula is a woman who helps another woman before, during and after childbirth. Traver Riggins says when she learned about how a doula could help, she wanted to hire one, but financially it seemed impossible. This difficulty is what led Riggins to want to become a doula herself. Leila Day reports for KALW’s Crosscurrents. 

Starting a new life isn’t easy for the nearly 70,000 refugees that enter the U.S. each year. They face challenges – like language and cultural barriers, and for some, navigating the complexities of the health care system. So one program in Missouri is working with new refugees to help them become self-sufficient – one appointment at a time. Rebecca Smith, for Side Effects Public Media, reports from Columbia, Missouri.

The first woman to work as a scout for an NFL team says the Buffalo Bills' hiring of Kathryn Smith as the league's first full-time female assistant coach is a "great opportunity" for women.

Credit buffalobills.com

Connie Carberg recently said during an interview with The Associated Press that she was "surprised" and "very excited" when Rex Ryan promoted Smith to special teams quality control coach January 20. The 64-year-old Carberg served as a scout for the New York Jets from 1976 to 1980. She is credited with bringing attention to then-little known defensive end Mark Gastineau, who became one of the league's top pass rushers after being drafted by the Jets out of East Central Oklahoma State in 1979. Carberg is encouraged that doors continue to open for women in traditionally male-dominated sports.  

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Maybe you don’t care or are indifferent or thrilled. Regardless, here’s a look at courtship in another part of the world. There’s a girl, a boy, a horse, and a chase. Global Guru takes you inside the world of courtship in Kazakhstan. 

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Patrick Garrett 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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