Equal Time with Martha Burk

August 14 marks the day in 1945 when President Truman announced Japan’s surrender in World War II. The war was over, but now Japan had to be rebuilt, including changes to the constitution.  There was one little-remarked provision that was unheard of in Japan, and to this day goes beyond even the U.S. Constitution. Women were given equal rights with men. How did that happen?  A woman on the drafting committee of course.

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More than a month after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision allowing corporations to refuse birth control coverage for female employees, the brouhaha has not died down. Anger is building -- and at precisely the time the Democrats are counting on single females to push them to victory in November.

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When the U.S. space program was launched, women were tested for astronaut duty -- and passed.  But male astronauts candidates and NASA big-wigs objected, and the women's program was shut down.  So we literally put a man on the moon.  That giant step should have been for womankind too.

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A replay from May 2013

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This is the time of year when "good guy" awards are given out like candy to corporations supposedly good for women and minorities.  Working Mother magazine just listed "Best Companies for Multicultural Women."  But behind the scenes these companies aren't so great for women.

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A replay from July 2013

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On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.

Meant to end race discrimination in employment, a ban on sex

discrimination was tacked on at the last minute.  Laughter broke out on

the floor of Congress.  Many thought adding sex was a joke.

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A replay from June 9, 2012 with tennis star Billie Jean King on the anniversary of Title IX (June), the law that opened sports to women in 1972.

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A replay from June 9, 2012 with Joe Kelly, founder of Dads and Daughters

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There’s a new twist on forced arbitration that goes far beyond the workplace.  It literally affects everybody – because it’s aimed at people who buy food.  General Mills, maker of Cheerios and Chex, Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has added language to its website telling consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they interact with it in any way.  Never mind if the cake mix contains ground glass or there’s a few mouse droppings in the cracker box.  According to corporate reasoning, you signed away your rights merely by buying the product.  Other companies are sure to follow.

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