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

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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.

Joy of Resistance, Multicultural Feminist Radio at WBAI comes to you on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, between 9 and 10 pm, on WBAI radio at 99.5 FM in New York City. It broadcasts to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and streams live on the web at http://www.wbai.org.

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Wednesday, April 30, 9-10 pm: Stephanie Coontz, author of “A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960’s”

Joy of Resistance is heard on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month @WBAI, 99.5 fm in NYC (& the tri-state area) & streams at wbai.org. Follow JOR @ twitter.com/joyofresistance

A re-airing of our classic feminist conversation between Stephanie Coontz, author of “A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960’s”  and Fran Luck (Joy of Resistance’ Executive Producer).

The discussion will center on how  Betty Friedan‘s watershed book “The Feminine Mystique” (1963) changed the conceptual landscape for American women–and will focus on the social conditions that prevailed for women in the 1940’s ’50’s & early 60’s), when “Help Wanted: Female” ads, “Head and Master” laws (which gave men legal control of marriage) and a Freudianism that diagnosed ambition in women as a neurosis –combined to proscribe women’s lives.

We’ll examine how the feminist history of the 1920’s was erased and images of earlier feminists were distorted so that women of the 1950’s were denied their feminist history–just as the backlash against the feminists of the 1960’s going on today is denying today’s generation if young women their real history. We’ll look at how women were pushed out of the good jobs they held in the 1940’s (which they were able to get because men were fighting World War ll), sold a bill of goods that the only path to “true womanhood” was through becoming stay-at-home wives and mothers–and how these images of American womanhood were then used as part of the “Cold War.”

We’ll look at how feminist periods run in “cycles”, with each feminist upsurge, followed by a period in which a “crisis in masculinity,” is declared–supposedly caused by “women going too far”--followed by attempts to take away gains of women achieved during the previous feminist period.

The show will be accompanied by period music from the 1950’s, including “Sincerely,” sung by The MacGuire Sisters; “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” sung by Patti Paige; “Mr. Sandman,” sung by The Chordettes and the “I Love Lucy” themesong, sung by Desi Arnaz.

Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio @ WBAI airs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 9-10 PM. We cover the “ongoing worldwide struggle of women for full liberation, equality and human rights.” You can tweet us at twitter.com/joyofresistance and follow/read our blog at joyofresistance.wordpress.com and also communicate with us through the “comments” section on our blog. Programs stream live @ wbai.org where they are archived there for 90 days.

WBAI @ 99.5 FM broadcasts to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and is part of the Pacifica Radio Network, one of the few alternatives to the corporate-controlled media that dominate the airwaves–and it needs your financial support to continue broadcasting!

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