Tuesday, March 29, 2011
VOAVideo: Franklin's Research Led to the Discovery of DNA Structure
Many people have never heard of British scientist Rosalind Franklin. Her research helped solve the mystery of the structure of DNA - the building blocks of life. In 1952, Franklin took X-Ray photographs of a molecule that showed DNA contains two strands wrapped around each other in a double helix, like a twisted ladder. The clearest image, known as photograph 51, enabled other scientists to build a model of DNA, and they received credit for it. In Washington, a play at the Jewish Community Center called "Photograph 51" depicts Franklin as the only woman doing DNA research then in a man's world. The play coincides with women's history month in the US. VOA's Deborah Block has more.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
VOAVideo: A Century After Triangle Fire, Labor Struggles Remain
On March 25, 1911, 146 people died when fire swept through an overcrowded New York City garment factory. The victims were mostly young immigrant women. The so-called Triangle fire fueled public outrage over unsafe and unfair working conditions, which had already been at the center of a bitter struggle between labor and management. A century later, the battle is not over for many workers.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
VOA Learning English: How Women Farmers Could Feed More in Developing World
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says women do not have the chances for productivity that men have AGRICULTURE REPORT (download mp3)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
VOAVideo: Film Legend Dies of Heart Failure
Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor has died of complications from congestive heart failure. She was 79 years old. Her movie career spanned 70 years starting at age 9 when she was discovered in Hollywood by a talent scout. VOA's Penelope Poulou has more. (read more)
Sunday, March 20, 2011
77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
- fought for women’s rights
- fought for civil rights
Susan B. Anthony was born in Massachusetts on February 15, 1820. She is known for campaigning for the right of women to vote. She spoke out publicly against slavery and for equal treatment of women in the workplace.
On March 8, 1884, Anthony testified before Congress supporting women's suffrage (right to vote). She urged senators to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that, she said, "shall prohibit the disenfranchisement of citizens of the United States on account of sex..."In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony died 14 years before the adoption of the 19th Amendment, but it was still widely known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment.
In 1979, she became the first woman whose image appeared on a circulating U.S. coin. The coin is called the Susan B. Anthony dollar and is worth one dollar. (source: USCIS M-638)
- America's Story: Susan B. Anthony
- EL Civics: Susan B. Anthony
- VOANews: Susan B. Anthony, 1820-1906: She Led the Fight to Gain Equal Rights for Women, Including the Right to Vote
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
VOAVideo: Women Scientists Close Gender Gap in Indonesia
The United Nations chose women and science education as the theme for this year's International Women's Day (March 8th) to highlight the gender gap in many parts of the world between the number of men and women scientists. VOA's Brian Padden talked to two women scientists in Indonesia, where the gap is closing.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
VOANews: American Women Draw Attention to Role of Women in Peace Efforts - 2003-03-07
These peace efforts have come not only before wars and national conflicts, but have continued afterwards.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
VOAVideo: UN Boosts Number of Women Peacekeepers
With 18 operations on four continents, United Nations peacekeepers are in greater demand than ever. As the U.N. recruits more officers to staff those operations, it is also trying to attract females, especially in countries where gender plays a central role in peacekeeping efforts. Paige Kollock reports.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Aung San Suu Kyi has been a figurehead for her country’s struggle for democracy since 1988.
Nobel Laureate and pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi says the people of Burma are closely following events in the Middle East.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Women's History Month: Waris Dirie--Film Tracks Woman's Path from Desert Nomad to Supermodel Activist
VOAVideo: Film Tracks Woman's Path from Desert Nomad to Supermodel Activist
The life of former supermodel Waris Dirie, who was born into a nomadic Somali clan in 1965, sounds like fiction. A goatherd by age six who cared for her family's animals, Dirie ran away at 13 when she was about to be sold into marriage. That was the start of a remarkable journey, dramatized in the feature film "Desert Flower," based on Dirie's autobiography.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
VOAVideo: Clinton: US to Push for Women's Rights in New Mideast Democracies
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the United States will 'stand firm' for women's empowerment as new democracies take shape in the Middle East. Clinton spoke at a State Department event honoring women from 10 countries for advocacy on women's issues.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
VOA Learning English: Flannery O’Connor, 1925-1964: She Told Stories About People Living in the American South
Many of her novels and stories showed the conflict between the world of the spirit and the world of the body PEOPLE IN AMERICA (download mp3)
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tubman helped hundreds of slaves escape through the Underground Railroad PEOPLE IN AMERICA (download mp3)