Women's Focus

Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm

A women's magazine on politics, art, culture, news and information.

Creativity For Peace

Sat. 10/18 12p: Carol Boss talks to three young Palestinian and Israeli leaders who have made peacemaking an integral part of their life.  They all attended Creativity for Peace's summer camp when they were teens, a program that prepares Palestinian and Israeli young women to pave the way to peace in their communities and across borders by partnering as leaders.  Adi, Nahida, and Dima will talk about growing up in war, their personal transformations and their work for peace.

Ari Seth Cohen

  Filmmaker Lina Plioplyte describes the creation of the documentary "Advanced Style," which is based on the blog and book of the same name by street photographer Ari Seth Cohen. Together they explore the lives of seven fashionable seniors in New York  to dispel conventional ideas about beauty and aging. Their subjects show wit, creativity, grace and flair. It's currently at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. Learn more and watch a trailer here.

Sat, 10/11: Unique qualities of the Reggio Emilia, Italy approach engage early childhood educators and families at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

Debra Bloomfield

  Sat. Sept. 27, 12pm: Interviews with: photographer Debra Bloomfield whose new book of photographs and essays, Wilderness, comes from her 5 years of immersion into unknown terrain in Alaska; and Gail Sheehy, groundbreaking journalist in the '60's and author of Passages, named as "one of the 10 most influential books for our time" by the Library of Congress.

Pixabay via Creative Commons

At the National Association for Women's national conference in Albuquerque in June 2014, a panel on incarceration examined the challenges women face reintegrating into society after spending time in prison. K.C. Quirk, executive director of Crossroads For Women, was joined by Eugenia Smith and Tracy Bland, both of whom got help at Crossroads and it's affiliated program Maya's Place. Also on the panel was Bette Fleishman, executive director of the New Mexico Women's Justice Project. 


New Mexico welcomes home Corrales native Mira Jacob, whose just-published novel, Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, sparked a bidding war among publishers.

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July 12, 2014 Study finds 40 percent of colleges and universities have not conducted sexual assault investigations in the past five years; Syrian families increasingly headed by struggling women; some girls escape Boko Haram, but more than 200 still held hostage; Egyptian doctor stands trial for female genital mutilation following death of girl; Mexican high court orders government to pay damages for imprisoning indigenous woman; Congressional Democrats draft bill to override Supreme Court decision on contraception; Michelle J. Howard becomes first female four-star admiral in U.S.

DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson, U.S. Air Force. Via Creative Commons.

June 21, 2014  Women face violence and rape from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS); women sterilized without consent in California prisons; Moroccan prime minister says women should stay at home; activists pressure Canadian government on missing aboriginal women; American Apparel fires CEO Dov Charney after years of sexual harassment complaints; girls called sluts for sexting, but prudes if they don't; new campaign focuses on economic security for women and families; Gary King targeted for wage discrimination in campaign ads; guard arrested for abusing women at Metropolitan Detention

Courtesy of Freida Lee Mock

It was a watershed event for American women, and American history.  In 1991, African-American law professor Anita Hill walked into a political firestorm when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation process for Clarence Thomas, the first African-American nominee to the Supreme Court.

Daniel Barsotti

Megan Kamerick talks with Andrea Feucht, author of "The Foodlover's Guide to Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos," about how she got into food writing and science coverage, her writing process and her tips for starting, and maintaining, a blog. Find her blog here.

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May 31, 2014     Remembering Maya Angelou; Santa Barbara shooter left misogynist rants; perils of rural poverty revealed in rape and murder case in India; first menstrual hygiene awareness day; Forbes names 100 most powerful women; Sudan woman sentenced to lashes and death for adultery and apostasy; Texas woman files suit after giving birth in solitary confinement and baby died; Sweden elects feminist party to EU parliament; teen pregnancy declines, but remains high in New Mexico.

Courtesy of Charlotte Bunch

Activist Charlotte Bunch talks with Susan Loubet about growing up in New Mexico and her path to activism and women's rights. Bunch founded the Women's Center for Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She has been an outspoken advocate for women's rights and global human rights. A documentary about her life, "Passionate Politics: The Life and Work of Charlotte Bunch," screened at the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience.

Antoinette Sedillo Lopez talks to Susan Loubet about her decision to retire from the University of New Mexico Law School to take over leadership of Enlace Comunitario, which focuses on curtailing domestic violence among Latino immigrant communities.

Courtesy 516 ARTS

Artists Jessica Angel and Claudia X. Valdes join Suzanne Sbarge and Teresa Buscemi of 516 ARTS to discuss the new Digital Latin America exhibit, which looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, virtual and real, and political and private, in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange.

Mary Cabot Wheelwright came from Boston in the 1920s and not only founded the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, but also maintained Los Luceros, called "An elegant 1800s Territorial-style hacienda-a romantic treasure. "

  Sat. 3/15 12p: In the latest segment of Revolutionary Soup, Carol Boss welcomes Dr. Ruby Lathon. Ruby had a successful engineering career in Albuquerque and now lives in Washington D.C.  After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, she searched for an alternative to surgery and discovered how to use food as medicine.  She recovered from her cancer and became a holistic health and wellness educator and will talk on Women's Focus about the healing powers of a whole foods plant-based diet.


The New Mexico Legislature-An Insider's View

Feb 11, 2014

16 years as a senator in the New Mexico Legislature gave Dede Feldman lots of stories of both triumphs and defeats.

Courtesy 516 ARTS

What does the condition of the city’s urban core say about the heart and soul of the city? Heart of the City, organized by 516 ARTS, is a collaborative project and exhibition that examine intersections of art, urban planning, cultural and economical development, education and community dialogue through a variety of lenses to focus on the urban center and identity of the city.

Abortion Ban Initiative Vote On Tuesday

Nov 16, 2013

Sat, 11/16, 12pm: Albuquerque. Both supporters and opponents of the anti-abortion initiative that will be on the ballot in Albuquerque on Tuesday, Nov 19 have appeared on Women's Focus.

Courtesy 516 ARTS

Kate Bonansinga, author of "Curating at the Edge: Artists Respond to the U.S./Mexico Border," talks about the companion exhibit "Art at the Border: 21st Century Responses" at 516 ARTS. And artist Tania Candiana discusses her piece in the show as well.

Terry McMillan on Women's Focus

Sep 26, 2013

Saturday, Sept. 28 12p:  Carol Boss will talk with internationally acclaimed African American novelist, Terry McMillan. Her writing about strong black female protagonists has made her previous books Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back bestsellers. Terry McMillan’s new book, Who Asked You, was just released.

Michael Grimes via Flickr and Creative Commons

September 21, 2013

Sat. 9/14 12p: In another segment of Revolutionary Soup Carol Boss talks with Andrea Quijada, Executive Director of Media Literacy Project in Albuquerque, about the impact of media messaging on marginalized low-income communities and its relationship to the food choices people make and their health.

Deborah Madison on Women's Focus

Aug 6, 2013

Sat. 7/20 12p: This year Creativity of Peace marks its tenth anniversary and Carol Boss talks with four young women from Palestine and Israel who are leaders at the organization's Summer Camp in northern New Mexico.  The camp brings together high school girls from Israel and Palestine to live together for 3 weeks in Northern New Mexico. The young women of Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths participate in a program aimed at preparing the next generation of female leaders and peacemakers in their countries.

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July 13, 2013

Texas Legislature passes restrictive abortion bill while protestors have tampons and other feminine products confiscated; Ireland allows abortion in limited circumstances; Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations; women's rights under assault in Afghanistan; Women of the Wall blocked by Orthodox protestors; U.N. calls for stop to assaults in Egyptian protests;  Church of England votes to ordain women bishops; Wimbledon stories overlook the fact that four British women have won the tournament since 1936; women sue city of Santa Fe over former police officer.

Courtesy 516 ARTS

516 ARTS in Albuquerque will premier "Land, Air, Seed" and "Octopus Dreams" on June 29. The show of contemporary Native artists explores issues of home and exile, displacement, and cultural reappropriation.

Megan Kamerick talks with curators Nancy Marie Mithlo, Suzanne Fricke and Beverly Morris, as well as artist Deborah Jojola of Isleta Pueblo and Suzanne Sbarge of 516 ARTS.

By United States Mission Geneva (Flickr: Logo of the World Health Organization) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

June 22, 2013

A new report by the World Health Organization finds one in three women around the world suffer domestic violence.

By US-Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

June 8, 2013

The Air Force named Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward to head its sexual assault and prevention office after the man heading that effort was arrested for sexual battery.