From 2009 – 2011, Our Bodies Ourselves honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011
Entrant: Peggy Cooke
Nominee: Jessica Yee, Founder and Director of Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Jessica Yee is the most active and inspiring young activist in Canada today, hands down. In addition to founding the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, she works tirelessly on behalf of women, youth and indigenous people in our country.
Jessica is a proud, self-identified indigenous feminist, and a strong warrior for reproductive rights. She tirelessly travels all over North America, educating young people on healthy relationships, campaigning for abortion rights, and advocating for better access to reproductive services.
Jessica is actively involved in many grassroots organizations and lives her beliefs every day. Personally she is down-to-earth, intelligent and warm. Everything she does serves to lift up and empower other young women in their struggles. She is a brilliant writer, and contributes regularly to widely read blogs like Feministing and Racialicious. She is never afraid to ask tough questions and to challenge herself and others.
Jessica Yee is amazing.