On Wed., April 16, 9-10pm, Joy of Resistance presents: The Wage Gap, the Truth Gap and the Criminalization of Pregnancy

Heard at WBAI, 99.5 FM, 9-10 PM–1st & 3rd Wednesdays–Tweet: @joyofresistance

Guests: Farrah Diaz Tello, Staff Attorney with National Advocates for Pregnant Women; Joan Entmacher, Vice President, National Women’s Law Center. Plus a recorded testimony of poet/novelist/activist Marge Piercy speaking on her personal experience growing up when abortion was illegal in the U.S.

The wage gap between men and women has stubbornly refused to budge since the early 2000’s and, according to a new report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, has retreated a few % points since 2011. It remains at 77 cents, 64 and 54 cents for white women, African American and Latinas, respectively, as compared to each dollar earned by a white male. What are the factors behind the persistence of the wage gap–and how can we narrow, and, sooner rather than later, eliminate it? We’ll be speaking with Joan Entmacher, Vice President of the National Women’s Law Center on this and related questions.

A law just passed in Tennessee threatens to create a new class of crime that is only applicable to pregnant women. Under it, a woman who miscarries or gives birth to a baby with abnormalities, could be faced with charges of reckless endangerment or assault and up to 15 years in prison. Over the past decade there have been a number of arrests women of color in Southern States who have faced similar charges, usually over alleged drug use during pregnancy. A national coalition has formed to fight such cases, led by the National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW). It is mounting a campaign to get the Governor of Tennessee to veto this bill before it becomes law. Our guest will be Farrah Diaz Tello, a staff attorney with NAPW.

We’ll also hear a moving testimony from poet/novelist/activist Marge Piercy, about her own abortion as a teenager and what life was like for women before abortion was legalized.

Hosted by Fran Luck and Lorena Ambrosio.

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