Independent Women

March 13, 2016

For the first time in American history, young women are choosing independence over marriage.  Single women today outnumber married women and have more political power than ever before.  It's what Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger and other feminist icons predicted.  This hour, how the early women's rights movement set the stage for the lifestyle young women enjoy today.

  1. All the Single Ladies: Rebecca Traister on the Rise of Independent Women

    Single women are the most potent political force in America today. Rebecca Traister explains why young millenial women are delaying marriage -- just as Susan B. Anthony predicted.

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  2. Susan B. Anthony Invites Frederick Douglass To Tea

    It was a snowy day. Susan B. Anthony invited Frederick Douglass to tea.  Author Dean Robbins reads from "Two Friends," his new picture for kids.

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  3. Planned Parenthood Founder Gets Novel Treatment

    As Planned Parenthood looks ahead to its centennial in October 2016, Ellen Feldman's "Terrible Virtue" gives us a captivating portrait of the organization's resolute founder, Margaret Sanger. 

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  4. The Real Louisa May Alcott

    Louisa May Alcott was no "little woman".  Biographer Harriet Reisen uncovers the fierce feminist behind "Little Women".

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Men Are Also Victims of Sexual Discrimination

    Philosopher David Benatar argues that its time we paid more attention to gender discrimination against men.  He's the author of "The Second Sexism."

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  6. The Rediscovery of Nina Simone

    Nina Simone's powerful voice and turbulent life are the subjects of an Oscar-nominated documentary, a new biography and a forthcoming Hollywood biopic.  But it's her politics that speaks most forcefully to a new generation of African American activists.  Biographer Alan Light talks about the incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon.

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