Get Your Women’s History Podcasts…

By Amanda Kozar

If you’re like me, you are still excited to learn about women’s history even when you’re not in school. If you are stuck on a long car ride or flight, it’s always helpful to have a few podcasts loaded onto your cell phone or tablet.*

These podcasts don’t necessarily have a common theme other than “women’s history,” but I think that you might find something of interest to you here.

Do you have any podcast recommendations? Let us know!

“We Real Cool: The Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks” (The Documentary, 9/30/15)

“Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women and the Freedom Movement” (Farzaneh Milani, Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Stanford University, 5/29/12)

“Conversation with Dorothy Cotton” (American civil rights activist) (Morehouse King Collection Office, 3/18/13)

“The Exemplary Life of Germaine Tillion” (French Resistance activist) (Tzvetan Todorov, Stanford Humanities Center, 7/23/10)

“Lady Liberty” (Latino USA, NPR, 6/19/15)

“Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story” (PBS) (Originally, I heard about Noor Inayat Khan on a podcast, but apparently, it isn’t available anymore!)

*You may need to download the iTunesU app to listen to some of these recordings! Check the instructions for your device.

Guilt Trip: Why Rising Female Employment Makes Men Feel Sad

A recent edition of “Talk of the Nation” on  NPR had me fuming! The host, Neal Conan, was interviewing Hanna Rosin a regular contributor to the Atlantic and a co-founder of Double X, Slate’s all-female run magazine  about her July article in the Atlantic titled, “The End of Men“. Also a guest was Guy Garcia, CEO of the marketing research firm Mentametrix and author of The Decline of Men (2008). Their discussion focused on the implications of the fact that, since the beginning of the recession female employment has risen along with male unemployment. First, this is not a shocking or new phenomenon but rather a result of gender-based wage inequities that “pay-off” during economic downturns. Second, the language both Rosin and Garcia used assumed certain “facts” about men and women that, I would argue are more socio-cultural constructs than biological imperatives.

Garcia:”…guys are still expected in some way to be the patriarch. They still feel bad if they can’t support a family. And this is a huge change. And I don’t think society has even come close to saying, well, gee, if women are going to take over the roles that men used to have, now guys are free to be flight attendants and nurses and housewives – isn’t that great, guys? Well, you know, most nine out of 10 guys are not so thrilled about that.”

Read the full article here.

– Thea Michailides

“Abortion Rights Advocates” are Making News Again

Last week the NPR Editorial staff was making the rounds both on-air and on the web discussing a change in policy on reporting the abortion debate. Five years ago the official NPR style changed from characterizing individuals as “abortion rights advocates”  or “abortion opponents” to the more frequently heard, and loaded, “pro-life” and “pro-choice”. As of March 24th, though, “abortion rights advocates” are making news again! The official memo to staff explained that the policy, “is aimed at ensuring the words [they] speak and write are as clear, consistent and neutral as possible.”

You can visit the NPR ombudsman’s blog to read the full memo and commentary on this and other editorial and journalistic policies.

— Victoria Sollecito