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Interview with Former State Senator Helen Gordon Davis listen

10/21/13 Robert Lorei
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Rob Lorei talks with women's and civil rights champion Helen Gordon Davis. In 1974 Davis was the first woman elected from Hillsborough County to the state legislature. Davis was a champion of women's issues and fought hard on behalf of ethnic minorities. She served six terms in the Florida House of Representatives. In 1988 she was elected to the Florida Senate. In this interview she talks about being the first white woman to join the local NAACP, a cross burning on her law...


Women and Sexuality in Global Conflict

02/05/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity-- in it's new time-- 11AM- Monday Through Friday. We'll be followed by Democracy Now every weekday at noon.

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On the first part of the program today we'll talk with a USF professor- Professor Davi...

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USF students ask school to take steps to end rape culture listen

11/30/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Two rapes were reported on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida last month and still have not been solved. A group of students is asking the school to incorporate a program that would rein in what they call rape culture.

The students rallied for the first time yesterday afternoon in front of the busy Marshall Student Services Center. As people passed, members of Students for a Democratic Society including President Dani Leppo, gathered petition si...

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Gloria Steinem in Clearwater: domestic abuse used to just be life listen

10/22/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Feminist Gloria Steinem was in Pinellas County over the weekend to rally against proposed constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot – including one that could allow Florida to outlaw abortions if Roe verses Wade were ever overturned. I spoke with Steinem about how she got involved in the women’s liberation movement and what continued anti-abortion legislation across the country means for women.

"When I was growing up I really was lucky ...

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Rush Limbaugh's Criticism of the Georgetown Law School Student

03/02/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk about the controversy over birth control. Yesterday there was a vote to limit access to contraception in the US Senate. Also yesterday radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh made some controversial remarks regarding a woman who recently testified to Congress on the need for contraception coverage in health care reform Raw Story reports:" Limbaugh on Wednesday called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a...


Hillsborough's Commission on the Status of Women wants more collaboration to help female veterans listen

11/29/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida has the third highest population of veterans in the country and the percentage of women veterans is growing. Today the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women discussed ways the county can reach out to help those women return to civilian life.

Five percent of female veterans are homeless. That is according to Larri Gerson. She’s the Veteran claims examiner for the [Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs](http...

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Sarasota’s Awake the State rally focuses on the “worst legislative session in Florida’s history” listen

11/02/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At the Awake the State rally in Sarasota, about 120 people geared up to get out the vote in 2012. They represented a large cross section of people affected most by Florida’s deep spending cuts and social agenda.

Donna Cubit-Swoyer is secretary for the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections. She says they are pushing legislators to enact fair districting in time for the next elections.

Rita Ferrandino, President of the [Sara...

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US Dept of Labor provides services for women veterans at "Stand Down" listen

09/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With help from the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor, Tampa Crossroads lined up free services and help for Women’s Veterans in Tampa on Saturday at "Stand Down, Stand Up for Women Veterans." More than 30 organizations set up at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, where women vets were offered a variety of services ranging from education assistance, counseling, and ev...

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National Organization for Women 2011 Conference in Tampa looks at violence listen

06/27/11 Lachelle Roddy
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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NOW is a national advocacy group focusing on fighting all forms of sex discrimination. NOMAS, the National Organization for Men Against Sexism, joined NOW and kicked off the weekend with a panel on feminist men in relationships. Ben Atherton-Zeman, the director of Voices for Men, said women have an understandable reason to still question the motives of feminist men.

One member of the Young Feminist Task Force, Micah Bochart, said feminist men have a responsibility to speak out against sexi...


National NOW Conference comes to Tampa this weekend listen

06/23/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The National Organization of Women starts its yearly national conference in Tampa tomorrow morning. In a series of panels and speeches, the event will focus on a range of issues impacting women, including abortion and workers’ rights. Ahead of the conference we caught up with Eleanor Cecil, a board member for NOW’s Tampa chapter, for a preview of the weekend’s events.

Cecil said the list of keynote speakers includes Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor. Some NOW members plan on demonstrati...


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