Thursday, March 8, 2007

  • The Private War of Women Soldiers: Female Vet, Soldier Speak Out on Rising Sexual Assault Within U.S. Military

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    On International Women’s Day, we look at the ongoing global struggle for gender equality and equal rights within the U.S. military. Specialist Mickiela Montoya came face to face with the dangers of rape by her male comrades when she was deployed to Iraq with the National Guard. Eli Painted Crow served in the Army for 22 years including time in Iraq in 2004, facing challenges both as a woman and a Native American. And Columbia professor Helen Benedict is author of a forthcoming book about women veterans of the Iraq War. [includes rush transcript]

  • Actor Geena Davis on Her Quest to Reduce Gender Stereotyping in Media for Children

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    Oscar-winning actor Geena Davis is the founder of the organization See Jane. It works to increase the percentages of female characters — and to reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children. Geena Davis recently spoke at the National Conference for Media Reform. [includes rush transcript]

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