Central Standard
1:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Mother's Day: A Radical History, Plus Kansas Citians' Stories

Flowers are a nice gesture on Mother's Day, but there's more to this holiday than meets the eye.
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You could be forgiven if you happen to believe that Mother's Day is a holiday invented by florists, candy stores and greeting card companies. In point of fact, however, this holiday has a hard-won, grassroots history that puts today's celebrations in context.

On Central Standard, a historian introduced us to three women who lobbied for a mother's day of sorts: the first out of a desire for peace, the second to decrease infant mortality through education, and the third in service of her own professional yearnings.

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Up to Date
10:20 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Wonder Women: The Strength Of Female Superheroes

The documentary 'Wonder Women' explores the history of female superheroes.
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When you talk about heroes of the cape-and-tights variety, it’s not just a boy’s club. Just look at the comic book powers of Wonder Woman or the X-Men’s Storm, or even live-action heroes like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Xena.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the director of a new documentary about female superheroes and how they reflect and affect society’s ideas about women.


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5:24 am
Fri April 11, 2014

ERA DOA? The Fight For Equal Rights Lives On In Missouri

One of the people who marched in the Equal Rights Action Day at the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City on Tuesday
Credit (Peggy Lowe/KCUR)

  It was a chant from a different era.

“ERA now! ERA now! ERA now!”

As much as it sounded straight out of the past, the rallying cry was used Tuesday as a coalition of women’s groups marched to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City on Equal Pay Day, the day marking how far into a new year it takes a woman to earn what a man took home last year.

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4:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Where Women Entrepreneurs Can Find Support in Kansas City

The Kauffman Foundation held a Global Women's Summit in 2011 where women entrepreneurs gathered to network and get advice on growing their businesses.
Credit Kauffman Foundation

A recent Forbes.com article headline touted “11 Reasons 2014 Will Be A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs.” 

And, indeed, the statistics are looking good.

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Up to Date
11:06 am
Tue January 21, 2014

How Women Make Their Mark In Male-Dominated Worlds

Mi-Ai Parrish, publisher of the Kansas City Star, and Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission talk with Steve Kraske about being women in a man's world.

The business world is infamous for its “glass ceiling.” And it’s true that being a woman in a man’s world can make it more difficult to succeed.

In the second part of Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with the president the Kansas City Sports Commission and the publisher of The Kansas City Star — both women — about how they reached the top and what advice they have for other women.


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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

An Unconventional First Lady

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Thomas Jefferson's eldest and favorite daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, would often assume the role of First Lady after her mother died.

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Up to Date
10:06 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Two Women, One World & 80 Days

Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
Jessica Hills

In 1889, it wasn't a woman's world, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of reporters Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland when they embarked on a journey to beat Phileas Fogg's fictional travels.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Women's Experiences In The Military

Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military

Although they’ve just recently been allowed in combat, women in the military have long faced a host of challenges, both on the battlefield and at home.

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Up to Date
9:29 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Training Women Leaders In Politics

Campaign 101

As the number of female elected officials has steadily increased, so has the interest in training women to follow in their footsteps.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Women Facing Challenges In Business

"Women Accessing Capital: Overcoming the Psychology of Small" takes place Oct. 16, 8a.m.-6p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation.

Women business owners have less access to outside capital than their male counterparts. 

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Up to Date
7:00 am
Sat June 2, 2012

'Madame President' Is Making The Future Of Women In Politics

Hillary Clinton may have ran for president in 2008, and Michelle Bachmann tried to cinch the nomination this year in the GOP primaries. But the question remains: why aren't there more women in politics?

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