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Women: The Oppressed Majority

A three-part radio documentary

Written by Asad Ismi

Produced by Kristin Schwartz

Narrated by both

The series can be heard and downloaded from the Community Radio Exchange of the National Campus/Community Radio Association. Click here for the program, and thank you for listening.

All interviews conducted by Asad Ismi or Kristin Schwartz except with Matilde Lopez Arpushana conducted by Audrey Huntley for this documentary.  Translation by Susy Alvarez Pocasangre and Dr. Maria Paez Victor.

Special thanks to Audrey Huntley, Susy Alvarez Pocasangre and Dr. Maria Paez Victor.


Starting six centuries ago, the Western male elite has built a viciously patriarchal world by making war on women and exploiting them mercilessly. The profits of the global capitalist system have been made possible by the genocide and plunder of women.

Our seventh radio documentary is about how women have been colonized by men and the many ways in which they resist this. Released on October 7, 2016.

Episodes: (Close to 30 minutes each)

  1. A History of Male Violence focuses on the witch hunts, slavery in the Caribbean, the Congo War and the killing of Indigenous women and shows how this violence arises from the determination of men to maximize their wealth.  With Tamarra James, Alissa Trotz, Bodia Bavuidi, Tanya Kappo, Margaret Alexander, Angie Umbac and Veronica Gago.
  2. Endless Exploitation highlights sex trafficking, sex work, garment workers, low-wage employment and housework to reveal how women create most of the world’s wealth which is stolen from them by a male elite.  With Anuradha Koirala, Chanelle Gallant, Kalpona Akter, Deena Ladd and Selma James.
  3. A World Without Patriarchy: Women speak about matriarchy, equality between the sexes and their resistance to male domination.  With Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth, Matilde Lopez Arpushana, Dr. Maria Paez Victor, Marcela Romero, Terri-Jean Bedford, Tamarra James, Kalpona Akter and Selma James.

Women: The Oppressed Majority has been aired on 61 radio stations in Canada, the United States and Europe starting on January 11, 2017 reaching about 35 million people.  Fifty-one of these radio stations are part of the Pacifica Radio Network in the U.S. which has also aired the documentary on a European radio station, and nine of the stations are Canadian (see list of radio stations below).

Pacifica Radio is the biggest progressive radio network in North America and Women: The Oppressed Majority has been syndicated on its weekly show “Sprouts”.  The documentary was broadcast on January 11, February 1 and February 7, 2017, to support the Women’s March on Washington D.C. on January 21, 2017 which was organized to protest the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump who is misogynist, racist and fascist.  Hundreds of Canadian women and men went to Washington for this historic march. We are honoured to contribute to our U.S. and Canadian sisters’ struggle against this unacceptable man and his assaults on women’s rights.

We are also honoured that Women:The Oppressed Majority has been chosen by the Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS) for distribution to 225 radio stations around the world. WINGS is an all-woman independent radio production company that produces and distributes news and current affairs programs by and about women around the world. (See review below).

With airplay on 61 Canadian, U.S. and European stations for Women: The Oppressed Majority, we have broken our previous record of 42 stations which aired our sixth radio documentary Capitalism is the Crisis (2013) making Women our most popular documentary yet.

To obtain a CD copy of the documentary contact Asad at this email: <> or Kristin at <>.

Women: The Oppressed Majority was aired on these 61 United States, Canadian and European radio stations in January-March 2017:

United States:

  1. KPFK 90.7 FM–Los Angeles, 98.7 FM–Santa Barbara, 99.5 FM–China Lake and 93.7 FM–North San Diego, California.
  2. KCSB 91.9 FM–University of California, Santa Barbara, California
  3. KDVS 90.3 FM—University of California, Davis, California
  4. KDRT 95.7 FM–Davis, California
  5. KIDE 91.3 FM–Hoopa, California–Indigenous Radio
  6. Free Radio Santa Cruz 101.1 FM–Santa Cruz, California
  7. KMEC 105.1 FM—Ukiah, California
  8. KWTF 88.1 FM–Bodega Bay/Santa Rosa, California
  9. KYBU 96.9 FM—Covelo, California
  10. WDFH 90.3 FM–Ossining, New York
  11. WRFI 88.1 FM—Ithaca, New York
  12. WOOL 91.5 FM—Bellows Falls, Vermont
  13. WXOJ-LP 103.3 FM–Valley Free Radio, Northampton, Massachusetts
  14. WUMD 89.3 FM—University of Massachusetts Radio, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  15.  WAZU 90.7 FM—Peoria, Illinois
  16. WDRT 91.9 FM—Viroqua, Wisconsin
  17. WRNC 97.7 FM—Northland College Radio, Ashland, Wisconsin
  18. WERU-FM 89.9–Blue Hill and East Orland, Maine
  19. WMPG 90.9 FM—University of Maine, Portland, Maine
  20. WPRR 1680 AM and 95.3 FM–Public Reality Radio–Grand Rapids, Michigan
  21. KPFT 90.1 FM–Houston, Texas
  22. KEOS 89.1 FM—Bryan, Texas
  23. KFAI 90.3 FM–Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul, Minnesota
  24. KTWH 99.5 FM—Two Harbours, Minnesota
  25. WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM–Columbus, Ohio
  26. WGRN 94.1 FM—Columbus, Ohio
  27. KHOI 89.1 FM—Ames, Iowa
  28. KGNU 88.5 FM–Boulder, 1390 AM–Denver, 93.7 FM–Nederland, Colorado
  29. KSVR 91.7 FM–Mt Vernon, Washington
  30. KYRS 92.3 FM–Spokane, Washington
  31. KOWA 106.5 FM—Olympia, Washington
  32. KAOS 89.3 FM—Evergreen State College Radio, Olympia, Washington
  33. KPOV 106.7 FM–Bend, Oregon
  34. KSKQ 94.9 FM–Ashland, Oregon
  35. KXCR 90.7 FM—Florence, Oregon
  36. KYAQ 91.7 FM—Newport, Oregon
  37. KRFP-LP 92.5 FM–Radio Free Moscow, Moscow, Idaho
  38. Boise Community Radio 89.9 FM–Boise, Idaho
  39. KSUA 91.5 FM–University of Alaska Radio, Fairbanks, Alaska
  40. KWMD 104.5 & 87.74 FM-Anchorage, 90.7 FM-Kasilof, 107.9 FM-Mat-Su, Alaska
  41. KRCL 90.9 FM–Salt Lake City, Utah
  42. WHYR 96.9 FM—Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  43. WRFN-LP 98.9 FM–Radio Free Nashville, Tennessee
  44. KKFI 90.1 FM–Kansas City, Missouri
  45. KZGM 88.1 FM–Cabool, Missouri
  46. MAIN-FM 103.5 LP–Asheville, North Carolina
  47. WGXC 90.7 FM—Acra, New York & Hudson, N.Y.
  48. Journey Radio––St. Louis, Missouri (internet radio)
  49. Radio Phoenix––Phoenix, Arizona (internet radio)
  50. Geneva Community Radio––Geneva, New York (internet radio)
  51. Your World News–—-Washington D.C. (internet radio)


52. CKUT 90.3 FM–McGill University Radio, Montreal, Quebec

53. CKDU 88.1 FM—Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

54. CITR 101.9 FM—University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British      Columbia

55. CHLY 101.7 FM—Radio Malaspina—Vancouver Island University Radio (Malaspina Campus), Nanaimo, British Columbia

56. CILU 102.7 FM—Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario

57. CFRC 101.9 FM—Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

58. CKUW 95.9 FM–University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba

59. CFUV 101.9 FM–University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

60. CJSF 90.1 FM–Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia


61. Radio LoRa 97.5 MHz–Zurich



The series Women, the Oppressed Majority, is an epic pass through millennia of ignored history, grasping patterns that still pertain to women’s struggles today.

—-Frieda Werden, co-founder and executive producer of the weekly radio series WINGS: Women’s International News Gathering Service, which has been in weekly syndication for more than twenty-seven years.

Women: The Oppressed Majority was funded by:

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)–National

CUPW Local 576–North Bay

Public Service Alliance of Canada

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

OPSEU Local 556

Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)–National

CUPE Local 4400

CUPE Local 3903

CUPE Local 1281

Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association

Ed Finn

Don Schmidt

Canadian Labour Congress

Toronto and York Region Labour Council

Dr. Mimi Ismi

Betty Stewart

Robert Macleod

Roger Langen

Don Kerr

Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG)–Toronto

OPIRG–York University