As NPR reported this week, "women are back in 1988." That's because the share of women in the workforce is down to levels last seen in the late 1980s. President Trump told a rally on Monday, "We're getting your husbands back to work." But it's the women who are most severely impacted by pandemic job loss.

We examine why that is, and what it will take to erase those losses. Our guests:

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Think for a second about the communities who have loved you and encouraged you to pursue your passions -- the friends and mentors who have shaped you into the person you're becoming.

That's something Sonya Boyce has been reflecting on a lot lately. She felt a calling to become a priest as a kid.

Last month, at 67 years old, she became the pastor of the North Country church that she's attended for most of her life.

Hers is a story 60 years in the making. It's a story about a community of people who supported their friend in the task they feel she was meant to do.

WATCH: Where are all the women in politics?

Nov 13, 2017

Another election season has come and gone. While national media outlets report that a“surge” of women ran for office in major races since last year’s Presidential election, the gender gap in politics remains. And so we have to ask: “Where are the women?” That question was the title of an article written and researched by WXXI’s Tianna Manon for City Newspaper. It’s a question surrounded by a number of issues - some of guests address on this edition of Need to Know.

Coming up on NTK: Rochester religious leaders weigh in on issues

Nov 8, 2017

On this week's show, from mass shootings and terrorist attacks to ongoing issues of racism, sexism and much more….Rochester area religious leaders come together to address the challenges of our time.

Then, we ask why aren’t more women joining the political arena as candidates? We’ve got some answers that may surprise you.

On October 3, ten women will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. We'll talk to one of the inductees, an award-winning researcher from the University of Rochester who discovered how bacteria communicate to attack human cells and initiate disease. And we'll talk to several inductees from past years, including a woman whose name landed on a major piece of federal legislation. Our guests:

  • Barbara Iglewski, University of Rochester, 2015 inductee
  • Lily Ledbetter, past inductee, the name behind the Lily Ledbetter Act that was the first piece of legislation that President Obama signed into law
  • Kathrine Switzer, past inductee who was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon
  • Judy Pipher, Women's Hall of Fame Board of Directors

The Open Door Mission is planning to create a new residential care facility for women and their children in Rochester’s 19th ward. It is, according to the Mission, a kind of safety net for the safety net. But it has sparked some backlash among neighbors of the proposed facility. We’ll talk about the plans, the need, and the potential impact. My guests in studio from Open Door Mission:

Understanding women in Islam. Some local college students recently spent a day wearing hijbas, the traditional Muslim headscarf for women. The non-Muslim students had the chance to think about life from the Muslim perspective. We'll talk to Muslim and non-Muslim students alike, and we'll explore misunderstandings about women in Islam. with our guests: 

  • Braa Elkhidir, Nazareth student and head of Nazareth Muslim Student Association
  • Angel Tona, local college student
  • Lynne Boucher, Director of the Center for Spirituality at Nazareth College

EstroFest returns for the first time since 2012. The all-female comedy troupe is adding an edge this year: a "truth talk" sketch that might not be as funny, but will aim to address relevant social issues. Does truth work in comedy? What does the Estro team have planned? They're all on the program to tell us:

  • Dresden Engle
  • Andrea Holland
  • Norma Holland
  • Allison Roberts
  • Freyda Schneider

We start the hour with a look at how women in journalism have seen their opportunities and contributions change for the better. But in some ways, not enough has changed. Joining us is Leah Stacy (also editor-in-chief of 585), creator of a new documentary-sytle performance for the upcoming Fringe Festival and acting professor Shawnda Urie.

Then we talk to Matt Ryan, managing editor of "New York Now", and filmmaker behind the new documentary about Teddy Roosevelt's installation as president called "Nine Long Days". It’s a companion doc to the Ken Burns production, "The Roosevelts", and it airs this Saturday at 6 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The documentary focuses on the assassination of McKinley and the rise of Roosevelt.

Makers: Women Who Make America is a film that tells how women have helped shape America over the last 50 years with stories from one of the most sweeping social revolutions in our country’s history. The program premiers Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). WXXI’s Beth Adams speaks with Ann Burr, Chairman and General Manager of Frontier Communications of Rochester, one of Rochester’s own Makers.