Listen Up: Joy of Resistance

By Erin Matson, NOW Action Vice President

Feminist. Radio. Show.

Tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 3) New Jersey NOW President Maretta Short will interview National NOW President Terry O’Neill on the escalating attacks on women’s right to abortion. Short is co-host of Joy of Resistance, a multicultural feminist radio show broadcast at 11 a.m. every Thursday on WBAI 99.5 FM in the New York metropolitan area. The show streams live and through online archives for 90 days at

O’Neill will report back from her trip to Nebraska last week to defend Dr. LeRoy Carhart, an abortion provider and ardent defender of women’s fundamental right to the full range of reproductive health services. She will also give an update on what we can expect when Congress reconvenes, as Republicans threaten to remove abortion coverage from any health care bill and even private insurance plans. Many private insurance plans have covered abortion for decades.

The show will also feature a conversation between Loretta Ross, Founder and National Coordinator of SisterSong: A Woman of Color Reproductive Health Collective (Ross has also served on the National NOW Board of Directors), Cristina Page, author of How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America, and Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution.

Short has been co-hosting Joy of Resistance for three years, joining show founder Fran Luck. Since its inception in 2002, the mission of the show has been to cover the ongoing and worldwide struggle for the full equality of women.

If you’re not intrigued yet, check out this quote from Short herself:

“Joy of Resistance is the only feminist broadcast program that I know of in the [New York] metropolitan area. The show gives all women a voice in a way that I have never experienced before. It is not a takeoff of media broadcast shows like The View that are merely hosted by opinionated women who are guided by corporate funding – but rather Joy of Resistance is a publicly funded show produced, directed and hosted by feminist women who have a rich and diverse background in the struggle for women’s liberation.”

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