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In America, women make up more than half the population. Worldwide, women are expected to outnumber men within the next fifty years - and every issue we face is one that affects us all. 

Whether it's the environment, health, our children, politics or the arts, there's a women's perspective, and 51% is a show dedicated to that viewpoint. 

Host Allison Dunne talks to experts in their field for a wide-ranging, entertaining discussion of issues that not only fall into the traditional “women’s issues” category, but topics that concern all human beings and citizens of the global community. 51% highlights a wide range of women from Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go’s, author and historian Amy Teitel on spaceflight and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her history and decision to enter law school.

Tune to 51% weekly throughout the U. S. on public and community radio stations, some ABC Radio Network stations, Armed Forces Radio stations around the world and on the internet. 

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Joann Hopkins, a registered nurse in the in-patient psychiatric unit at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, setting up a tea party for her patients.
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On today’s 51%, I visit a psychiatric ward in Cleveland to learn how one nurse reaches her patients with tea parties. And we’ll hear from one physician assistant who is trying to educate other healthcare professionals about racial and gender equity.

Attorney Gloria Allred showing a photo of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo kissing Sherry Vill without her permission.
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On today’s 51%, I speak with long-time women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred about the allegations of sexual misconduct against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and pick her brain about what it means to be a feminist. And we’ll hear from New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi about her own experiences with the governor.

51% #1657: Searching For A Sign

Apr 22, 2021

On this week’s 51%, sexual assault and harassment in the military affect retention, and a woman studying the behavioral ecology and demography of Asian elephants. 

William Morrow

This week on 51%, we hear the untold story of women resistance fighters in Hitler's ghettos.  We also speak with an author about life in Iraq under Saddam Hussein's regime.

Book cover of  “A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped You—and Me”
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On this week’s 51%, A Marine Corps Boot Camp in California opens to women; a writer discusses what she calls America’s obsession, breasts and women make some progress among Oscar nominees.

51% #1654: The Blues And Greens Of Lizz Wright

Apr 13, 2021
Lizz Wright
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On this week’s 51%, singer and culinary artist Lizz Wright talks about a range of topics, including what it means to sing joyfully.

Ma'am Ester with yellow tomatoes
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On this week’s 51%, the Army is working on fixing its broken sexual assault prevention program, a Peace Corps experience prompted a woman to help communities save seeds; and a performance artist gets personal.

CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York Brenda Episcopo
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On this week’s 51%, a regional Girl Scouts continues its mission despite the pandemic, hear about the economic well-being of women in Vermont, and Dr. Jeri Burns talks about etiquette for a Zoom wedding.

51% #1651: The Story Of Baseball's Leading Lady

Mar 17, 2021
Andrea Williams
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On this week’s 51%, the author of a book about baseball’s leading lady hopes girls read the story and find out why storyteller Jeri Burns is talking turkey long after Thanksgiving.

Global CEO of Women for Women International Laurie Adams
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On this week’s 51%, we hear from the CEO of an organization that supports women survivors of conflict in a number of countries and the Boston Symphony Orchestra will have its first woman CEO.

Melissa Bernstein on "Lifelines"
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On this week’s 51%, the female part of toy company Melissa & Doug has written a book about her journey from darkness to light, telling others they’re not alone.

"Run to Win" book cover
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On this week’s 51%, she’s president of EMILY’s list, and helps Democratic women get elected. She says interest among these candidates, especially Black and Brown women, is keen (tease three) Hear from Stephanie Schriock about running to win.

51% #1647: Girlhood, Globally

Feb 17, 2021
"Girlhood: Teens Around the World in Their Own Voices" book jacket
Courtesy of Workman

On this week’s 51%, hear from the author of a book highlighting stories of ordinary girls around the world, and then an animated film features a girl superhero to help children relate to COVID times.

Former Manhattanville College President Elizabeth McCormack
Courtesy of Manhattanville College

On this week’s 51%, hear about the life of a former college president. She changed many things about Manhattanville, a liberal arts college in the suburbs of New York City.

Laura Levitt
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On this week’s 51%, we spend the show with gender and religion scholar Laura Levitt. You’ll hear her story of rape, and while not graphic, please be forewarned. She hopes more federal attention is paid to unprocessed rape kits.

51% #1644: Women And Girls Of Color In Music And Dance

Jan 27, 2021
Singer Songwriter Annie Mack
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On this week’s 51%, a musician talks about what she calls her new feminine EP. Teenage girls of color in ballet say this form of dance caters to white women. A mother speaks out about her missing son in the Army while another woman offers support for families of missing service members. Plus, Dr. Jeri Burns talks about the home life during COVID.

51% #1643: How Women Are Reshaping Congress

Jan 20, 2021
"The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress" paperbook cover
Courtesy of Jennifer Steinhauer

On this week’s 51%, hear from a longtime Capitol Hill reporter on women reshaping Congress. She followed them in 2019.

Elizabeth Lesser
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On this week’s 51%, would the story change if told by women? We spend time with best-selling author Elizabeth Lesser. Then we travel to meet an “Extreme Cowboy” as it’s called, though she’s a woman.

Margaret Randall
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On this week’s 51%, we spend time with feminist poet and activist Margaret Randall, she has advice for activists today and a Native American poet says working on her latest volume brought some pain to the surface.

Simple Health CEO Carrie Siu Butt
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On this week’s 51%, there is some help for veterans’ caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic; we hear from a CEO trying to break down barriers to obtaining birth control and Dr. Jeri Burns chimes in about charity in the checkout line.

Sharon Ross
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On this week’s 51%, hear from the first woman expected to serve as Vermont Senate Pro Tem, and another woman has taken disaster prepping to another level.

51% #1638: Facing Fears While Flying

Dec 16, 2020
Cecilia Aragon
Courtesy of Cecilia Aragon

On this week’s 51%, she’s a professor, pilot, computer scientist and author, and talks about how flying helped her face many fears. And we’ll hear about environmentally-friendly feminine products.

51% #1637: Bending Toward Change And Community

Dec 9, 2020
Ahri Golden
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On this week’s 51%, a woman tells her story about being thrown off track and embracing the change and community she gains; a sports studies professor discusses Major League Baseball’s first female general manager and older women beware the chair — a new study shows the harmful effect of sitting for long periods of time.

51% #1636: Awakening Feminine Buddhism

Dec 2, 2020
Pamela Weiss
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On this week’s 51%, a woman who made history in New York politics takes in Kamala Harris’ victory; there’s a changing landscape in theatre arts funding and a Buddhist teacher brings Buddhist women to the fore.

Sloop Brewer Mariquita Reese
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On this week’s 51%, Army critics speak up about sexual harassment; a brewery launches a diversity and inclusion initiative and Dr. Jeri Burns shares her view on being masked.

51% #1634: A Global Salon Series For Women

Nov 18, 2020
Parlay House Founder Anne Devereux-Mills
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On this week’s 51%, as we seek connections even more during the COVID-19 pandemic, we meet the founder of a salon series intended to gather women and have more meaningful conversations. And Kelly Corrigan talks about her new interview series.

Ahri Golden
Courtesy of Ahri Golden

On this week’s 51%, hear the story of a mother reconciling with their past and working toward equitable and just relationships.

Amra Sabic-El Rayess
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On this week’s 51%, a genocide survivor tells her story that began in Bosnia and crossed into the U.S. Plus, a filmmaker explores new ways of indigenous storytelling. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

Courtesy of SUNY New Paltz

On this week’s 51%, it’s one big history lesson. First, during this year that marks the 100th anniversary of guaranteeing women’s right to vote, a professor talks about women who deserve more of the limelight, and Gilles Malkine has profile of a woman in science.

Shira Chess
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On this week’s 51%, a professor of entertainment studies hope to draw more women into video gaming. Hear about a film project to highlight suffragists on Election Day and learn why the name of the Democratic vice presidential candidate sparks conversation.