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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 Jackie Orchard 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% #1575: Attorney Faith Gay; Ocean Dead Zones

Oct 2, 2019

On this week’s 51%, meet one of the country’s leading lawyers, and hear how she is handling immigration and other issues; plus a pioneering fish ecologist tells us about how dead zones are impacting fish, and how we’re impacting the oceans.

51% #1574: Misogyny

Sep 25, 2019

On this week’s 51%, we’ll spend some time with a philosophy professor and discuss misogyny; plus, you’ll hear the Massachusetts twist on women’s suffrage.

On this week’s 51%, we’ll speak with the president of the Omega Institute about an upcoming women and power conference, and listen to an essay entitled “Florida,” though it’s not what you may think.

Photo courtesy of Nancy J. Parisi

On this week’s 51%, we’ll spend the show with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She talks about her decision to enter law school, cases such as the US v. Virginia (which allowed women into Virginia Military Institute), and more.

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On this week’s 51%, a class helps students recognize domestic violence; hear about the Hormone Fix; and Dr. Jeri Burns wants to share good news.

On this week’s 51%, we’ll spend the show with a feminist psychologist whose activist caucus felt compelled to speak out about what it calls a public health crisis: gun violence.

Toni Morrison, right, and William Kennedy at the University at Albany.

On this week’s 51%, more baby cafes are opening their doors; hear from an author who guides us through muck and magic; and meet the fire mama.

Courtesy of NYS Senator Shelley Mayer

On this week’s 51%, New York now allows the use of campaign funds for child care; hear from a gymnast who went viral; and find out what one local chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are up to these days.

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On this week’s 51%, there’s an effort to make the morning after pill more widely available in one city; find out how female farmers are faring in New York; and hear stories of love and karma.

On this week’s 51%, a filmmaker spotlights senior women; the play’s the thing to highlight health disparities in African-American women; and a punk musician puts women and inclusivity at the forefront.

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.

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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.

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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.