Women

Sonya Rosario Productions

What happens when you take a Victorian sofa on a road trip to find out how mothers impact the lives of their daughters? You get the movie “The Sofa Diaries,”showing next month at the Flicks in Boise. Filmmaker Sonya Rosario and her mother sat on that couch to talk and it inspired her to take the sofa to other mothers and daughters. She joins us on Idaho Matters.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

Back in August, we had a chance to visit the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center south of Boise. We wanted to take a look at what life was like in a women’s prison and we heard about several very unique programs that the prison offers the women. We also heard some very compelling stories about what brought the women behind bars.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

There were 311 women prisoners at the South Boise Women's Correctional Center on the day we visited in August. It's a minimum security facility. We wanted to find out more about a women's prison, and about the woman who runs it. On a windy day outside the prison, Noel Barlow-Hust opened up about why she became warden and why women are different from men behind bars. 

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

The South Boise Women's Correctional Center is a tight cluster of buildings south of Boise. Behind the prison stands a long, covered tent-like structure. Inside are thousands of rows of tiny green plants. Gemma Gaudette walked along the rows of sagebrush with warden Noel Barlow-Hust who says the plants are grown by inmates and help restore the landscape after wildland fires.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

The South Boise Women's Correctional Center has some very unique programs designed to help the women there learn job skills and other qualities like leadership and responsibility. One of those is the Whiskers Program, a collaboration with the Idaho Humane Society where inmates take care of sick and neglected cats and kittens.

We talk with Stephanie Mark, who's been at the prison since May. She's the Cat Coordinator. She starts out talking about the Whiskers Program and then the conversation takes a turn toward some very serious subjects.

Bethany Mollenkof for NPR

This interview was originally broadcast August 7, 2018.

The United States leads the developed world in the rate of deaths among pregnant, delivering and post-natal women. We'll talk about why Americans are struggling with this statistic.

  • Why does the United States lead the developed world in deaths among pregnant women?
  • A domestic violence survivor shares her story to raise awareness.

On The Thursday, June 28, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 27, 2018

  • Treasure Valley rental rates are on the rise.
  • BSPR's 'Our Changing Idaho' looks at a small Idaho town.
  • Efforts to enact conservancy in Yellowstone.
  • A local group aids homeless women with hygiene products.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Demonstrations are expected both in Washington, D.C. and across the country as Donald Trump assumes the presidency. One of the biggest will be the Women's March on Washington set for Saturday. The movement has generated so-called sister marches across the nation, including here in the Gem State.

When Sally Ride flew into orbit aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, she made history. As the first American woman in space, Ride helped change perceptions about what women could accomplish and inspired a new generation of girls to literally reach for the stars. But Ride was more than an icon for the U.S. space program – she also was a complex, private woman with singular talents and skills, who continued to contribute to science and education until her death from pancreatic cancer in 2012.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio/ StateImpact Idaho

For the second time in nearly two decades, 31 members of Idaho's state lawmakers are women.

On Election Day, Idaho voters picked the 31 female lawmakers to hold legislative offices across the state. There are 105-members in the predominantly-Republican Idaho Legislature.

Nine women will serve in the Senate, while 22 women will hold seats in the House.

Eleven of the women are Democrats, and the remaining 20 are Republicans.

Leon Panetta’s long service to our country is surely unique in the number of incredibly high level and tough assignments he has held and held to acclaim.  A lawyer, he has directed the U.S.

USDA

If you're a woman in agriculture, you're more likely to farm in Oregon than in Idaho.