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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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51% #1565: Documenting Sexual Trauma Through Art

Jul 24, 2019

On this week’s 51%, some of the most highly regarded works of art portray sexual violence… we’ll hear from a professor about sexual trauma in art. And following the U.S. women’s soccer team World Cup win amid members’ lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, New York has a stronger equal pay for equal work law on the books.

On this week’s 51%, meet a woman whose calling is to carry the water, and the iconic Righteous Babe has written a memoir. We’ll hear from Ani DiFranco. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

51% #1563: Motherhood On Both Sides Of The Pond

Jul 9, 2019

On this week’s 51%, we meet women experiencing motherhood in two countries… the U.S.  and Germany.

On this week’s 51%, a researcher makes the case for the importance of interracial friendship among young people; hear how a few women are helping refugees with a language barrier to health care and a figure skater endeavors to bring more black women to the ice.

Courtesy of Ken Hurd

On this week’s 51%, grooming women for political office continues; a mother shares her struggle with postpartum depression, in a graphic way; and a researcher on gerontology says loneliness negatively impacts health.

Courtesy of HumaNature

On this week’s 51%, there is no soap involved in forest bathing; an artist shares her experiments with encrypted woven storytelling; and find out why a certain state has the highest number of children being raised by people other than their parents.

On this week’s 51%, a number of Planned Parenthoods in New York plan to merge; an award-winning broadcast journalist pens a novel; and hear why a woman is leading a different kind of health study.

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On this week’s 51%, hear how a survey aims to involve black women in public policy, meet two young women who searched for their biological fathers and writer Dr. Jeri Burns shares her view on manners.

On this week’s 51%, we bring you a few stories focused on women and the military… from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s calling out a report on sexual assault to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs take on the report to the moving process. And in civilian life, we’ll learn about axe throwing.

Courtesy of Audi Culver

On this week’s 51%, meet a female duo in a male dominated industry – furniture making; hear about Girls Right the World; and an opera director shares with us her craft.

#1555: Miscarriage Language; Regulating Midwives

May 15, 2019

On this week’s 51%, there’s a study that explores the language around men and miscarriages; we meet a woman in transition; hear about a state grappling with regulating midwives and writer Dr. Jeri Burns shares her thoughts on patterns.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On this week’s 51%, we head to the U.S./Mexico border and find out how women are gaining self-esteem and learning the hard truths. Plus, transgender people are grappling with a new policy from the Trump administration, and hear from some teens who worked on an album for Somali youth.

#1553: A Woman Bears Witness

May 1, 2019
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On this week’s 51%, a woman finally finds a safe place in the remote Rocky Mountains. But when an oil rig moved in, she wondered how safe it was after all.

On this week’s 51%, a four-time U.S. team medalist in the martial arts was the victim of sexual abuse; and hear from an indie folk artist whose works walk the line between personal and political. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

#1551: Her Blood Divides And Unites

Apr 17, 2019

On this week’s 51%, meet a woman who has ideas about how to help schools help their young students resolve racial conflict and hear how a nonprofit is supporting new moms.

On this week’s 51%, a feminist pioneer shines a light on the lesser known women who helped achieve women’s suffrage and hear about a new education program to help women living in poverty.

On this week’s 51%, the founder of the National LGBT Cancer Network says a more inclusive medical community could encourage more screenings; hear how troubled pregnancies could mean years of health problems; and the political stage drives a singer/songwriter into the recording studio.

Courtesy of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site

On this week’s 51%, there’s an exhibit featuring the daughter of the founder of the Hudson River School; could changes be afoot to ensure women allow pelvic exams when under anesthesia? And we meet a university’s first woman police chief.

#1547: Two Women Use Photography As Documentation

Mar 20, 2019

On this week’s 51%, we meet an award-winning photographer, and encounter another photographer dedicated to a different mission.

Dr. Kristin Wilson

On this week’s 51%, hear from a sociologist and author about exceptional breastfeeding, and breastfeeding poses challenges for military moms.

#1545: Former Governor Pens A Memoir About Aging

Mar 6, 2019

On this week’s 51%, we’ll spend our time with a former U.S. ambassador who also was the first woman governor in her state. She’s finished her fourth book, a memoir, about aging.

Courtesy of Marist College

On this week’s 51%, hear from a sports reporter and columnist about the state of her profession and we meet a woman whose brother’s suicide prompted her to try and help others, even just a little.

Professor Mia Mask, Vassar College

On this week’s 51%, hear from a professor about where women stand in the film industry given the Academy Award nominees; learn about Minnesota’s first women-only theater company; and a teen gives her take on dating.

Courtesy of Ruby Schwartz

On this week’s 51%, meet a woman whose bodybuilding is a source of both physical and mental strength; a college student launches a program to provide free sanitary products and a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer talks about a treatment that saved her hair.

On this week’s 51%, hear from an author of a book about Rebel Girls; listen to what a woman is doing to get her late husband’s art before the eyes of the world and meet the ice wrangler.

Courtesy of Lauren Bavis, Side Effects Public Media

On this week’s 51%, we meet a woman in recovery from substance abuse who helps other women just entering recovery; learn about the need for medical foster homes for older veterans; and hear from a singer/songwriter whose music sways between cultures and continents.

#1539: Training Women To Run For Office

Jan 18, 2019

On this week’s 51%, a campaign and leadership program is training women to run as they are for political office; hear about the author who revolutionized children’s picture books; and writer Dr. Jeri Burns returns with another point of view.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

On this week’s 51%, we speak with filmmaker Barbara Kopple, about her current works, and one from decades ago; hear wistful words about a lesbian bar up for sale; and learn about carving spoons in a women’s woodshop. 

On this week’s 51%, hear about a society editor who was among few female journalists, meet a women who started a cooking school for veterans, and two millers honor a traditional food craft.

#1536: A Look Back Into 2018

Jan 2, 2019

On this week’s 51%, we take a look back at some interviews and stories we aired during 2018, ones that both serve as a reflection and perhaps indication of what lies ahead. In Politics. Music. Water. Opinion. Unapologetically.