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Friday, April 27, 2012

Is there a War on Women? Have womens rights been set back decades? Mining asteroids to finance space travel. FOX/Newscorp faces the music

The Politics of Women

Banner image: Demonstrators participate in a protest at the Hyatt Regency where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was scheduled to attend a fundraiser on March 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

To the Point: The Politics of Women

KCRW's To The Point (click here to access program).
Sara Terry

One party works to undo health care that will lower cost and insurance rates for women, women become primary breadwinners, a new recession hits women workers hardest, forced ultrasounds, contraceptives and healthcare, working women and stay-at-home moms, married women and single women, women in politics, child care, education, social services... Women's issues have dominated the political headlines over the past several weeks. Guest hosts Sara Terry asks why they've taken center stage, who benefits from the debate, and how important women voters are in this year's election. Also, James Murdoch is questioned on News Corp's political influence in Britain, and move over space tourism. Entrepreneurs have set their eyes on a new frontier, space mining.

Making News

Photo: James Murdoch. Credit: AFP/Getty Images 

James Murdoch Queried on News Corp's Political Influence in UK

In London today, James Murdoch appeared before a judicial inquiry into British press ethics and behavior. His father, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, is expected to testify later this week in the latest chapter of a long-running scandal involving Murdoch-owned newspapers. Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson is media editor for the Financial Times.


Main Topic

Is the 'War on Women' Just a War on Words? 

Every election year, women's issues grab headlines at some point. What's being know this year as "the war on women" is being fueled by many of the same issues that always come up when the conversation is about women. Is there anything new to the latest debate? Working women versus stay-at-home mothers, and reproductive rights have all been hot topics in the past. What's different this year? Is there really such a thing as "the women's vote"? If there is, what defines it? How are the two political parties courting women, and what influence will women voters have in the 2012 election?

The past two years, under a Republican House, women's rights of choice, equal pay,  social benefits and even relief in the high cost added for insurance and health care for just being female have been under attack. Now the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for president has built these attacks into his platform. Other women say they would be better off in a return to "morality", social graces and the home.

But is it a war? Hyperbole aside, it is a very real political battle being fought between the two parties for women's votes in the all elections. Will advertising, the media and polarized politics blur the issues and influence the vote, or will their own self interest and the future of their daughters prevail?

The debate is on!


Reporter's Notebook


Mining Minerals in Space 

A group of space entrepreneurs announced today that they plan to explore a new frontier. Nearly 9,000 asteroids larger than 150 feet in diameter orbit near Earth, and a group called Planetary Resources thinks that billions of dollars could be made mining precious metals from those chunks of matter. Experts say they're pushing the boundaries of what's actually possible. Adam Mann reports on space and physics for Wired magazine.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think both the arguments for and against women’s rights are double standards. If women want equality (which I believe they should have) then they need to be treated completely equal. If a woman can do a certain job or task as a man, then they should be compensated as such. Conversely, if a woman says she can do a “man’s job” she should be held to the same standards as a man. The gender of a person should have nothing to do with employment, it should completely be based on meeting thequalifications for the job.

Michael UOP HUM114