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Computer science has tended to be a male-dominated field, but Dakota State University is seeing a shift in the numbers. The school has seen a nearly 300% increase in female computer and cyber science majors over the last five years. 

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences at DSU includes majors like cyber operations and network security and administration. Five years ago, 26 undergraduate students in the Beacom College were women. By 2017 there were just over a hundred.

In The Moment ... January 29, 2018 Show 265 Hour 2

The voices of women continue to resonate in American politics, business, and the entertainment industry. But are we speaking out about how women are represented in medical research?

The FDA has launched a "Diverse Women in Clinical Trials Campaign." We're joined by Lora Black, Senior Director of Clinical Research at Sanford Health.

Victoria Wicks

In The Moment ... April 5, 2017 Show 065 Hour 1

Can understanding algorithms change your life for the better? Ali Allmosawi is the creator of "An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments." His new book is called "Bad Choices: How Algorithms Can Help You Think Smarter and Live Happier. He joins us to talk about using the fundamentals of problem solving to lead you to better choices every day.

University of South Dakota

A research conference covering topics like transgender rights and gender based violence starts Mar. 22 on the campus of the University of South Dakota.

Hosted by USD's women, gender and sexuality program, this year's theme, "Cultures of Change" includes a lecture by a man who witnessed a drive by mass shooting that targeted women.

In 2014, Siavash "Vash"  Zohoori, a student at the University of California - Santa Barbara, was out on his bike getting food.

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Participants in the Women's March in Sioux Falls have different reasons for demonstrating. Some say it's political; others say the gathering was not about how a person votes. Others say they gain inspiration from being around people who stand up for women's rights, gay rights, Native American rights, and more. In this discussion, SDPB's Kealey Bultena talks with In The Moment's Lori Walsh.


Gary Enright of the 1881 Courthouse Museum in Custer discusses Anna Donna Tallent in this week's Images of the Past segment. Tallent was the first school teacher and first white woman in the Black Hills. Her entrance into the then-forbidden Black Hills tells the story of how people of all backgrounds transcended their differences in order to seek riches in during the gold rush.


New York Times best selling author Dava Sobel visits about her new book, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of Harvard Observatory Took the Measures of the Stars. It chronicles the relatively unknown, unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800's through the mid-1900's.


Dr. Emily Wanless of Augustana University and Dr. Sara Lampert of the University of South Dakota are part of a Wednesday panel discussion, "Gender and Politics: What Does the 2016 Election Tell Us?" The event features six experts from media, communications and political science. They'll discuss the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, accusations of her lack of stamina and how American politics pivots to accommodate its first female presidential candidate from a major party. Wednesday's discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Al Neuharth Media Center on the USD campus.

Janice Law founded the American Women Writers National Museum to showcase America's top-tier women writers. Law is a retired Texas criminal court judge, a 14-year print journalist, a travel columnist and the author of six books. Her most recent book, American Evita: Lurleen Wallace, was released last year. Law appeared at this year's SD Festival of Books in Brookings.

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Some of the Women inductees into the South Dakota Hall of Fame are coming together to share stories and strategies.  The group hopes to find ways to better the lives of young people in the state, especially young women.

Eight South Dakota Hall of Fame inductees from around the state brainstormed ideas on how to promote women’s empowerment in today’s world.

Pat Lebrun, a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, agrees that there are ways to promote leadership in young women but also stresses the importance of self-reliance.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of a domestic abuser in Indian Country. A USD law professor says the case highlights the disparity between the right to counsel for Native and non-Native offenders. In tribal court, Native Americans aren’t guaranteed the right to an attorney, like they are in state and federal court.

Officials with the South Dakota Highway Patrol are trying to recruit more women. Currently in the state there are five female troopers and two in training. Seminars are planned in June for women to learn about the agency. Trooper Deanna  Johnson says the goal is to show that women can be successful in the Highway Patrol.

Rapid City Police Work To Increase Force Diversity

Apr 18, 2016

In Rapid City the police force is made up primarily of Caucasian men. Police officials want the force to better reflect the diversity in the community.

Informed Consent Abortion Bill Passes

Mar 7, 2016
Charles Michael Ray

House Bill 1157 has cleared the state legislature.

The measure requires medical doctors to inform a woman who is undergoing a drug-induced abortion that she can stop the procedure by not taking a second pill. 

Marco Werman

PRI's The World has launched an ambitious two-week multimedia initiative taking to the internet, the airwaves and social media with a groundbreaking look at a new generation of women fighting for civil rights around the globe.  Julia Barton, senior editor in charge of planning for "Across Women's Lives," joined guest host Cara Hetland to discuss The World's special coverage of gender equality and the role of women in society.  PRI's The World can be heard weekdays at 3:00 p.m. Central on SDPB Radio.

Banjo Babes

Aug 28, 2015

Banjo Babes is a grass roots collective of professional women banjo players organized by California banjo chanteuse Erin Inglish.  The Banjo Babes release a calendar and album every year to celebrate the music of the women who play the instrument.  The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City hosted Banjo Babes Erin Inglish and Jami Lynn along with Mary Temple in February in the Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe. 

Photography Project Showcases Natural Beauty

Aug 19, 2015
Holly Davidson Photography

A photography display called 'The Truth in Beauty' is on display tonight in downtown Sioux Falls. 

Four women are coming together to make a statement: that everyone is beautiful. Chelsea Tracy is the owner of Chelsea’s Boutique in downtown Sioux Falls. The ‘Truth in Beauty' project featured in her store is a fundraiser for Dress for Success. 

Tracy says she wanted to be part of the project after photographer Holly Davidson realized that women shouldn’t have to wear layers of makeup and accessories to feel beautiful.

Why Women Are Riding Motorcycles

Aug 7, 2015
Chynna Lockett

  The 75th Sturgis Rally brought riders of all types to the Black Hills. Women and men drove motorcycles in pairs as well as separately. But the idea of a woman riding a motorcycle alone isn’t something that comes up in conversation often.

Pepper Massey is a female rider and an honorary member of the motorcycle club Wind and Fire. She said the story of motorcycling is frequently told from a male perspective.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Rally this week could double the population in South Dakota. If you somehow haven’t encountered bikes in person, you can’t escape them in the news. As part of our continuing coverage of the rally, here is one story that profiles some of the people you might encounter gliding through the state on two wheels.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is looking to hire troopers, and the agency is recruiting women. Agency leaders are accepting applications for next year. They say this is the first time the Highway Patrol is specifically reaching out to female recruits. Safety officials say they want women to consider careers in law enforcement.

Of the current 174 Highway Patrol Troopers in South Dakota, six are women. Trooper Khrista Nelson went to school for law enforcement and spent time as a military police officer. She’s been a state trooper for more than a year.

A grant worth more than $12,000 is helping an area organization that empowers women. Dress for Success Sioux Falls is preparing to host an eight-week program that helps women who are unemployed or underemployed prepare for career opportunities.

Dress for Success is known globally for its mission to provide women who are economically disadvantaged professional attire so they are physically prepared for the job search. But Lori Strasburg says people don’t always realize the program is about more than blazers and dress pants.

Under VAWA Tribes Are Arresting Non-Natives For First Time

Mar 31, 2015

Non-natives who commit acts of violence against Native women on tribal lands can now face arrest and prosecution in some tribal courts.    

Prior to the new Violence Against Women Act tribes didn’t have the authority to go after non-natives inside reservation boundaries.    

Not all tribes have yet implemented their new powers but many tribal officials see this as a game changer for the safety and justice of Native women.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

More than 660 middle school girls from southeastern South Dakota are learning about careers in science and math. The Women in Science group hosted a conference Wednesday for its eleventh year. Professionals at dozens of break-out sessions and exhibits at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls want girls to know that women can have successful careers in STEM fields. STEM stands for Science, Technololgy, Engineering and Math. 

Courtesy South Dakota National Guard

In honor of Women’s History Month, the South Dakota National Guard is hosting a traveling exhibit of women’s military uniforms from several time-periods and from multiple services. The display is called "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives". 

We spoke to the first Command Chief Warrant Officer for the state of South Dakota for her views on the exhibit and women in the military.

Darla Crown is due to retire in May having spent 42 years in the South Dakota Army National Guard.


Feb 13, 2015

Samantha Ellis discussed a new platform from which women can run their businesses.  It's called The OWN and is based in Rapid City.  Freelancers, skilled professionals, crafts women and even CEO's of existing businesses can use the network community and facility.

The question of what women want is one that both men and women find frustrating. Rapid City author and counselor Evelyn Leite asked women the question and used insights gathered from their answers along with decades of counseling experience for a new book delving into the issues that plague many relationships, Women: What Do We Want?

USD Women Face Stanford

Mar 18, 2014

After winning the Summit League Tournament Championship last week, the University of South Dakota women's basketball team has qualified for the NCAA Division 1 Women's Tournament.  USD faces Stanford in Ames, Iowa this Saturday afternoon.  Second-year head coach Amy Williams talked about the team's season and trip to the national tournament.

Mita Maske Ti Ki (My Sister Friend's House)

Jan 7, 2014

Sarah Johnson, an advocate at Mita Maske Ti Ki (My Sister Friend's House), a women's shelter in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday as part of SDPB's series examining sex trafficking in South Dakota.  Mita Maske Ti Ki is a safe zone that offers transitional housing for women of all ages, races and backgrounds.  Johnson explained how their grassroots effort to empower women with education, job skills, health care and a safe place to achieve their goals of freedom is a daily challenge.  85-percent of the women finding shelter at Mita Maske Ti Ki are Native American.  The shelter offers a cultur

Kealey Bultena

A South Dakota health system is moving toward fulfilling the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Brookings Health System is in Phase 2 of the program from the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

To be baby-friendly according to the international standard, health organizations must complete 10 steps for successful breastfeeding. Those extend through hospital policies and practices, and they include education for staff, physicians and community members.

South Dakota Center For Enterprise Opportunity

Mar 28, 2013

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at Black Hills State University provides training and business assistance to current and aspiring entrepreneurs from start-up to expansion.  SD CEO Director Helen Merriman said that while services are available to anyone interested in business, the Center has a special emphasis on women, Native Americans, socially disadvantaged, youth entrepreneurs and women veterans.