feminism

The Evolution Of Misogyny, As A Word

Jun 4, 2014
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After the UC Santa Barbara shootings, Merriam-Webster editors noted that searches for the word “misogyny” skyrocketed.

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Katie Kuffel was losing her nerve.

Courtesy of Lindy West

Marcie Sillman talks to Jezebel writer Lindy West about the #YesAllWomen campaign that went viral last week after the University of California Santa Barbara shooting and what it's like to be an outspoken advocate of women's rights online.

Gloria Steinem On What's Next For Feminism

Mar 25, 2014
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Steve Scher talks with Gloria Steinem, women's rights movement leader and founder of Ms. Magazine, about what modern feminism means and her goals for the next 30 years. She visited KUOW in 2006.

Tavi-In-Chief: 'You Can Be A Feminist And Also Like Stuff'

Jan 14, 2014
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There are a lot of stereotypical images of teenage girls: vain, ditzy, obsessed with pop music. Tavi Gevinson makes it her job to break these stereotypes. As she sees it, "A lot of teenage girls are very articulate and maybe they like Taylor Swift and One Direction, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t also smart and strong.”

Katniss Everdeen: The New Superwoman?

Nov 21, 2013
From the "Hunger Games" Facebook page.

Steve Scher talks with film historian Caetlin Benson-Allott, assistant professor of English, film and media studies at Georgetown University, about a new genre of Hollywood heroines.

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Gloria Steinem: The Next 30 Years

Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine, leader of the women’s movement and journalist, visited KUOW in 2006. Steve Scher talked with Steinem about what modern feminism means and her goals for the next 30 years.

Gang Violence In Seattle And Tacoma

In 2006, Seattle and Tacoma saw a sudden surge in gang violence. Rival gangs were battling over street corners and engaging in drive-by shootings. Steve Scher talked with Lt. Eric Sano of the Seattle Police Department, Gabriel Morales who trains law enforcement officials to prevent gang violence, and Dennis Turner, a former gang-member-turned prevention specialist in Pierce County. Steve asks why these gangs were proliferating, what can be do to prevent them and we hear personal stories of gang life.

Talking To Kids About Sex

It may well be the subject every parent dreads: the sex talk. But Amy Lang, founder of Birds + Bees + Kids, is here to make it easier. Marcie Sillman talked with Lang back in 2006 about strategies to talk to kids about sex.

Fifty years ago Betty Friedan published "The Feminine Mystique." It's been called one of the most important books of the 20th century. Stephanie Coontz is the author of a book about the impact of "The Feminine Mystique." It's called "A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s." Coontz says she was 19 when the book was published and she heard about it from her mom. Ross Reynolds talks with Coontz about the impact and importance of the book that many say sparked the second-wave feminist movement. 

In 1963, Betty Friedan called it "the problem that has no name" and then proceeded to name it — and the name stuck. The problem was "The Feminine Mystique," which was also the title of her groundbreaking book, published 50 years ago.

Since its first publication in 1963, millions of people have read The Feminine Mystique. These days, many people read it in college — often in women's studies classes. Even so, when we talked with some young women in downtown Washington, D.C., many knew little or nothing about it.