April 20 – Women (SJAW Week)

The Eternal Feminine
draws us upwards and on
Faust: Part 2 – Goethe

It’s Social Justice Awareness week here at KUST. Once a semester, we devote a week of programming to address social justice issues. In return, the station continues to receive funding. In past semesters Great River Radio has taken an in-depth look at clean water, workers’ rights and health care. Today, we will be addressing a topic that is long overdue – women’s rights.

Perhaps the biggest misnomer is that helping women move forward in our world comes at the expense of helping men. This is a false assumption. Helping women help themselves benefits all of society. Not convinced? Consider some of these statistics (from girleffect.org):

1)      70 percent of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth are girls
2)      One girl in seven in developing countries marries before age 15; 38 percent marry before age 18
3)      One-quarter to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before age 18
4)      Pregnancy is the leading cause of death among girls ages 15 to 19 worldwide
5)      Seventy-five percent of HIV-infected youth in Africa are girls

So what can happen when we focus on giving girls an opportunity to become educated?

1)      When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later, and has 2.2 fewer children
2)      Educated girls grow into educated women, who – research shows – have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children
3)      When girls and women earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man
4)      An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ future wages by 10 to 20 percent
5)      An extra year of secondary school boosts girls’ future wages by 15 to 25 percent

As the Great River Radio staff started digging through their collective music libraries and culling past playlists for music ideas, one thing became glaringly clear … There is a decided lack of Girl Power songs. So with the help of our staff and a few GRR devotees, we have gathered a group of tunes that will help us celebrate the critical role women’s health – physical, mental, financial, political, etc. – plays in all of our lives. Join us today to hear selections from Neko Case, The Wailin’ Jennys, Lesley Gore, Michelle Shocked, Aretha Franklin, Tracy Chapman, Billie Holiday, Sinead O’Connor, Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco, Leela James and many more. Let’s hear it for the girls!

Listen live today from 4-6 p.m. at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
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Brian & Dan

Playlist
Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves-Eurythmics/Aretha Franklin
Mother of Pearl-Nellie McKay
Fast Car-Tracy Chapman
Woman Gotta Move-Chastity Brown
Voices Carry-‘Til Tuesday
Peggy’s Kitchen Wall-Bruce Cockburn
You Don’t Own Me-Lesley Gore
It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World-Leela James
She-The Pretenders/Emmy Lou Harris
Pretty Girls-Neko Case
Modern Girl-Sleater-Kinney
I Know A Girl-Pieta Brown
Extraordinary Machine-Fiona Apple
When I Was A Boy-Dar Williams
Talk To Me Now-Ani DiFranco
Become You-Indigo Girls
Respect-Aretha Franklin
Prodigal Daughter-Michelle Shocked
Jump-Madonna
Four Women-Nina Simone
Are My Hands Clean?-Sweet Honey in the Rock
One Voice-The Wailin’ Jennys
No More-Billie Holiday
No Man’s Woman-Sinead O’Conner
We Are Together (Thina Simunye)-The Children of Agape

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