Remember that health class you had in middle school? Where you found out all that stuff about your body? We wondered why there wasn't a class like that for middle age. Could someone tell us what happens to us as we move through the decades?

Morning Edition asked listeners to send their questions about women's bodies and aging as part of our ongoing series Changing Lives of Women. We heard from hundreds of you asking about everything from sleeplessness to STDs to sex in old age.

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African American women in the South’s rural areas are less likely to suffer from depression than those who live in Southern urban areas.  That’s according to a new study from the University of Michigan.  The study uses data from the National Survey of American Life to examine how poverty and low education affect mental illness in black and white women living in the rural South.  

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs, a study finds. But the amount of those savings and the speed with which the savings accrued surprised researchers.

The average American farmer is a white man in his late 50s. Or at least, that's who's in charge of the farm, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

But the number of female-run farms has tripled since the 1970s, to nearly 14 percent in 2012. And if you dig a little deeper, you'll find women are showing up in new roles. But because of the way farm businesses are structured, women's work often isn't included in those USDA counts.

Being overweight hurts your earnings, and being an overweight woman is particularly tough on income. Back in 2004, a landmark study found that a 65-pound increase in a woman's weight is associated with a 9-percent drop in earnings. The authors of the study noted that, in terms of wages, the "obesity penalty" basically amounted to losing three years of experience in the workplace.

Six of Kentucky's 38 state senators are women. The ratio is only slightly higher in the House, where women hold 19 of the 100 seats.

And it's possible that after Election Day, the number of women in the Kentucky Legislature will drop even further.

As her first and only term in the Senate comes to a close, Republican Sara Beth Gregory talked about the widening gender gap that looms over the chamber in the coming election. It's an issue that Gregory and others are keeping an eye on.

Remember power suits? At the same time women were entering the corporate workplace in large numbers, the power suit began to pop up. It was usually a long jacket with the kind of big, padded shoulders Joan Crawford made famous, a straight skirt and, often, a floppy silk bow tie that Little Lord Fauntleroy would have been at home in. The 1980s power suit was designed to ignore a woman's shape so it didn't hinder her mobility as she worked her way up the corporate ladder.

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Women have helped on farms for generations, but now they’re beginning to take ownership of their duties, calling themselves farmers instead of just farmers’ wives. The US Department of Agriculture has found a steady increase of women farmers in the 2000s, which plateaued in the agency’s latest 5-year report.

Racers Claim Seventh OVC Tennis Championship

Apr 21, 2014
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The Murray State Racers Women’s Tennis team Claimed their Seventh OVC Championship this weekend. This is their first conference win since since 2007 which will propel them into a NCAA Tournament appearance in May. The relatively young Racer squad beat Eastern Kentucky 4 to 1.

This month, the Murray State Women's Center seeks items for their adopted agency, Needline. They're also hosting a Celebrate Women Luncheon in the MSU Women's Center, with door prizes and more. The Director of Murray State's Women's Center Abigail French visits Sounds Good to talk about its learning and volunteering opportunities.