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Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation president, on the FMF and the current state of abortion rights and activism

Pearl Cleage, a black feminist woman whose new book considers the effects of the participation of black women in political leadership

" Not only is the mayor a woman, but the president of our city council is a woman as well, so that they are able to work together in a way that the men never were able to work together. "

- Pearl Cleage

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00:00 Introduction and commentary, including:
• Flu season!
• Seeking Canary Conn
• O’Reilly decries violence against gays
• Gay marriage effort
• Pre-emptive war based on bad intelligence
• Cheney’ conflict of interest made official
16:17 Question of the Week
"Hello. I need some info after learning from a friend that he is a cross dresser -- I thought I understood what that meant but he now speaks of being trans gendered and talks of his female side. This is obviously not a sexual, tactile sensation needed during sex (the wearing of silk underware) as I first believed. As he shares more, I become more confused. What is the difference between trans gendered and cross dressing and does it always mean that the person wishes to change sex? "
(from: Colleen)
22:20 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
34:26 For three decades, Eleanor Smeal has played a pivotal role in defining the debate, developing the strategies, and charting the direction of the modern day women’s movement. In 1987, she founded the Feminist Majority Foundation, an organization she has led since then in fighting violence against abortion providers, ending gender apartheid in Afghanistan, bringing RU486 to the US, and taking over the publication of Ms. Magazine. She joins us to talk about FMF’s current projects on behalf of women worldwide.

Eleanor Smeal has been president of the Feminist Majority Foundation since its inception in 1987. She has been at the forefront of almost every major women’s rights victory -- from the integration of Little League, newspaper help-wanted ads, and police departments to the passage of landmark legislation, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Civil Rights Restoration Act, Violence Against Women Act, Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, and Civil Rights Act of 1991. She was also the first to identify the "gender gap" -- the difference in the way women and men vote -- and popularized its usage in election and polling analyses to enhance women�s voting clout.

As President of the National Organization for Women, Eleanor Smeal led the drive to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). In 1986, when many said it could not be done, she also led the first national abortion rights march in Washington, DC.

For More Information:
• Visit the Feminist Majority Foundation website at

64:13 Special Message
65:03 Boston area (and national) announcements
66:35 Black women are increasingly entering the political arena, and bringing with them a fresh new perspective and ability that bodes well for the future. Championing their efforts is Pearl Cleage, an accomplished dramatist and bestselling novelist whose newest work is titled "Some Things I Thought I Would Never Do". She joins us for a fresh look at some good things happening.

For More Information:
• Visit the Publishers webpage for Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do

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