Women

Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan Criticizes State Legislature

Kay Hagan at the news conference 7/18/14
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Democratic U.S. Senator Kay Hagan was in Raleigh Friday afternoon to discuss a bill she and others have introduced in the U.S. Senate that seeks to restore womens' access to employer-covered contraception. The bill was defeated this week but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he plans to bring it up later this year.

When Hagan was asked what she thinks of the North Carolina General Assembly's late efforts to put together a budget for this fiscal year, she was quick to bring up her own record as a former state senator:

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Military
8:56 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Female Marines Volunteer for ‘Historic’ Combat Training

The military is studying how women stand up to training that was previously only open to men.
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Women are still excluded from certain areas of military service, but the Department of Defense has given branches until 2016 to eliminate "unnecessary gender-based barriers to service". Now, bases are evaluating how women fare during training that was reserved for men.

Camp Lejeune is studying enlisted female Marines who have passed their first 29 days of general training and volunteer for another 30 days of specialized training. At the end of it, their male peers can become machine gunners and missile men.

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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Study Shows Women Entrepreneurs Leadership Limited

Entrepreneur workshop
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The number of female business-owners in the United States is strikingly low, but the number of couples going into business together is rising. However, a new study shows that when married women go into business with their husbands, they are less likely to maintain a leadership role. Howard Aldrich is a professor and chair of the sociology department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Alice Fest Brings Women Filmmakers Together To Showcase Work And Build Community

Full Frame Theater in Durham
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Alice Fest director Vivian Bowman-Edwards and filmmakers Carol Bash and Camden Watts

  

Of the 16 films debuting at the Sundance Film Festival this year, only three were created by women. Alice Fest 2014, a festival at Durham’s Full Frame Theater, seeks to offer female perspectives in a male-dominated industry. The festival showcases short films and developing films by women with a particular emphasis on films about women's lives.

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The State of Things
10:24 am
Thu December 19, 2013

How Did #NotYourAsianSidekick Become The Place To Talk About Race and Stereotypes Online?

Suey Park, creator #NotYourAsianSidekick
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Lots of people are talking about race on Twitter this week, using the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick.

The person who started the conversation is the writer Suey Park. She says that there are so many stereotypes: Asians are submissive, good at math and science, and play the violin. She wants to have a fuller conversation about Asian Americans.

This minute and a half BBC video is a good intro to Suey and the topic:

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

The Status of Women in Eastern North Carolina

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Earlier this year the Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducted a study regarding the status of women and girls in North Carolina, commissioned by the North Carolina Women's Council

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Struggle Of Black Women In The World Of Heavy Metal

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Author Laina Dawes discusses her new book, 'What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal'

When Laina Dawes was eight years-old, she sat in front of her television watching the made-for-television movie “Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park.”  Soon after, her parents gave her Kiss’ Double Platinum record, and later followed an obsession with bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.  Laina Dawes is a bona fide metal head. But her fandom is complicated, though it probably shouldn’t be, by the fact that Laina is a black woman.

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The State of Things
11:32 am
Tue May 28, 2013

The Fight Over Abortion In North Carolina

Abortion activists at a rally in Miami.
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A panel of experts discuss the fight over abortion legislation in North Carolina from The State of Things.

Host Frank Stasio speaks to a panel of experts to discuss the fight over abortion legislation in North Carolina. Jessica Jones is WUNC’s Capitol Bureau Chief; Suzanne Buckley is the Executive Director of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) Pro-Choice North Carolina; Tami Fitzgerald is the executive director of North Carolina Values Coalition; and Erika Levi is an OB/GYN and abortion provider in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The State of Things
11:29 am
Thu March 28, 2013

New Reports On Women Show Progress and Setbacks In North Carolina

The Status of Girls in North Carolina report by Meredith College
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A panel examines two new reports on the status of North Carolina women and girls

Two new reports examine the status of girls and women in North Carolina.  As it turns out, girls are bucking the stereotype. They’ve seen gains in math and science testing.

"Middle school is when we typically think of girls sort of disengaging from science and math," Amie Hess told Frank Stasio in an interview on The State of Things.  Hess is the lead researcher on The Status of Girls in North Carolina. "What we found when you look at the 8th grade end-of-grade testing rates is that girls are right on par with boys.  In some cases, [they are] slightly ahead of boys," she said. 

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Business & Economy
6:35 am
Fri October 12, 2012

What's the Status Of North Carolina Women?

Women in North Carolina vote more and have higher levels of education than men, but a new report shows there are still major struggles.

Numbers from the latest “Status of Women in North Carolina” report were presented yesterday in a Nursing Assistants clinical lab at Wake Tech, where most of the students are women.  This is Hope Marr’s second week in the program. The 24-year-old single mom was in Business Management at NC-State, but had to drop out.

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