Thursday, April 30, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance rebroadcasts: “The Wealth Gap–Have We Really Come a Long Way?”

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At the 2013 Left Forum in New York City, the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) sponsored a panel on wealth and women, with a focus on how women’s lives are changing for the worse under austerity and neo-liberal policies–and how these policies threaten to push the progress of women back to times when we were completely dependent on men. Organized by Peg Rapp, the panel was titled: “The Wealth Gap–Have We Really Come a Long Way?” On July 3, 2013, we proudly presented a radio version of this groundbreaking Left Forum Panel. Panelists included:

Veteran Feminist URPE Economist Peg Rapp on The Wealth Gap vs The Wage Gap, who spoke on the “Wealth Gap” between men and women, and why looking at wealth accumulation over a lifetime–taking into account women’s discontinuous paid-work due to family care–provides a better lens for understanding economic disparities between men and women, than the more simplistic, but commonly referenced “Wage Gap.”

Educator and Latina Rights Activist Diana Zavala will speak from her personal experience as a newly divorced single mother who turned to the U.S. “safety net” for help in supporting herself and her children while finishing her education–only to find herself facing the same dire conditions as her mother who had emigrated from Honduras a generation earlier. She also spoke of the attack on public schools as an attack on women, as well as  the intersections of race, class and immigrant status as they affect the economics of women’s lives.

London-based Economist Susan Pashkoff discussed her research on Austerity as an Attack on Women: why and how austerity policies in Britain and Europe (with a U.S. version rapidly developing) are taking their biggest toll on women–who are both more dependent on “The Welfare State” and hold the majority of public sector jobs (with good benefits)–and how “benefit caps,” shrinking of “childcare tax credits” and other “austerity” measures, are threatening the very survival of women and their families.

Playright/Author Barbara Garson spoke on women as the “scroungers” of the world who hold their families together when times are the toughest–and the loss of power to men as family wealth increases.

The panel was moderated by Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance and followed by a discussion of what can be done to reverse these effects and move forward.

On April 30, 2015, the day before May 1st–Mayday–the holiday of the working class, as the people of Greece fight a spirited battle against austerity policies imposed on them by the European Union, this program is especially relevant.

 

April 23, 9-10 PM: The Feminist Stake in SYRIZA & the rebellion against austerity; Hillary Clinton’s real record on abortion

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THERE IS A LOT AT STAKE FOR WOMEN around the world, as the new leftist Greek government, known as SYRIZA, challenges the European Union (European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) on the austerity policies it has imposed on the debtor countries of Europe. Under austerity policies, women take the biggest hit, as social services on which they and their children depend, are cut–and they are forced to compensate with additional unpaid labor.

On Thursday, April 23, 9-10 PM, we will speak with Elena Psarea, a member of the National Parliament of Greece as well as a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, and chair of the Secretariat of the Department of Feminist and Gender Politics of SYRIZA. We’ll be talking about The Feminist stake in SYRIZAespecially in light of possibility of the rebellion against the European Union spreading to countries, such as Spain, Ireland and Portugaland having an influence in the United States– and why “social wage” benefits are a necessary pre-requisite for women’s liberation.

We will discuss the points in SYRIZA’s Plan of Action that relate specifically to women, including women’s startling female unemployment rate (65%), women’s lack of health insurance, the history of the Greek feminist movement, the representation of women in the Greek Parliament and traditional sexist attitudes in Greek society.

In our second segment we’ll be speaking with Erin Matson, author of a popular feminist blog and former Action Vice President of the National Organization for Women, about Hillary Clinton’s actual record on reproductive rights.

The show will also include our Worldwide Feminist News Headlines.

On Wednesday, July 3, 9-10 pm, Joy of Resistance presents: “The Wealth Gap–Have We Really Come A Long Way?”

WBAI is heard at 99.5 FM and streams live @ www.wbai.org  –follow JOR @ twitter.com/joyofresistance & blog @ joyofresistance.wordpress.com

At the recent Left Forum in New York City (link), the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) sponsored a panel on wealth and women, with a focus on how women’s lives are changing for the worse under austerity and neo-liberal policies–and how these policies threaten to push the progress of women back to times when we were completely dependent on men. Organized by Peg Rapp, the panel was titled: “The Wealth Gap–Have We Really Come a Long Way?”

Joy of Resistance is proud to present a “radio-version” of this ground-breaking panel on Wednesday, July 3, 9-10 pm. Panelists will include:

Veteran Feminist and URPE Economist Peg Rapp on The Wealth Gap vs The Wage Gap, who will speak on the “Wealth Gap” between men and women, and why looking at wealth accumulation over a lifetime–taking into account women’s discontinuous paid-work due to family care, as well as many other factors–provides a better lens for understanding economic disparities between men and women, than the more simplistic but commonly referenced “Wage Gap.”

Educator and Latina Rights Activist Diana Zavala will speak from her personal experience as a newly divorced single mother who turned to the U.S. “safety net” for help in supporting herself and her children while finishing her education–only to find herself facing the same dire conditions as her mother who had emigrated from Honduras a generation before. She’ll also speak on the attack on public schools as an attack on women and the intersections of race, class and immigrant status.

London-based Economist Susan Pashkoff will discuss her research on Austerity as an Attack on Women: why and how austerity policies in Britain and Europe (with a U.S. version rapidly developing) are taking their biggest toll on women–who are both more dependent on “The Welfare State” and hold the majority of public sector jobs (with good benefits) and how “benefit caps,” shrinking of “childcare tax credits” and other “austerity” measures, are threatening the very survival of women and their families.

Playright/Author Barbara Garson will speak on Women as the “scroungers” of the world who hold their families together when times are the toughest–and the loss of power to men as family wealth increases.

The panel will be moderated by Fran Luck, Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance and followed by a discussion of what can be done to reverse these effects and move forward. The show will include feminist news headlines and music.

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