In the classroom and her book, Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor, Bonnie Morris tries to convince her audience that even though she teaches women’s history, she’s NOT a “feminazi.” That term was coined in the early 90s by a well-known conservative talk show host, but the name stuck. Even in 2009 Morris says most students at George Washington University where she teaches will not take a woman’s studies class due to the lingering stigma. Morris will share insightful and humorous stories — and maybe just a little bit of women’s history — in a chat about academic sexism.
In this week’s installment of our ongoing series This I Believe, Bob talks with executive director Dan Gediman about the essay from Margaret Sanger. She was the founder and president of the American Birth Control League, which later became Planned Parenthood. She organized the first World Population Conference in Geneva in 1927. Even into her 80s, Sanger traveled the world helping to establish birth control clinics.
In part two of a three week series on education reform, we focus on the nation’s capital. Washington, DC Public School Chancellor Michelle Rhee is the protégé of Joel Klein, chancellor of New York City Public Schools, who was featured last week. However, Rhee has probably been even more controversial than her mentor. Rhee and Randi Weingarten, the President of the American Federation of Teachers, will discuss issues related to teacher pay, how to motivate students, and the role of charter schools. We’ll also hear from Jennifer Niles, who runs a successful charter school, and Paul Griffin, who runs an after school program he founded in DC.