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International Women’s Day focuses on raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality

National experts join us to discuss the situations and injustices that women face in the US and globally. Plus, with breaking news of President Biden’s ban on Russian oil imports, we discuss what that means for Houston’s oil and gas industry.




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Evolving gender roles.

The impact of the #MeToo movement.

Fighting for pay equity.

These are just some of the issues facing women on this International Women's Day, when many women still find themselves needing to prove what it means to be an empowered woman globally and locally in 2022.

But with issues like these, how do we overcome gender bias in our communities, our families, and in our schools?

Many believe it starts with young girls: teaching them what it means to be a woman in this day and age, and the importance of education – although girls in some countries aren’t allowed to go to school.

In developing the Keeping Girls in School Act, UNICEF USA placed emphasis on gender equity and girls' empowerment through equal access to education when it was reported that remote learning tended to be less accessible to girls than boys. Additionally, the organization found that some fathers even discouraged their daughters from using the internet during COVID-19.

In this episode, our experts discuss how we all can #BreakTheBias collectively, and they field listeners’ questions on the gender pay gap and other concerns. But first in the show, we get an understanding of Biden's ban on Russian oil imports and how that might impact Houston.


Ed Hirs

  • Energy Fellow at the University of Houston

Rachel Wisthuff

  • Director of Policy & Advocacy at UNICEF USA

Elizabeth Gregory

  • Director of the University of Houston Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program and the University of Houston Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality

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