Meet the New Inductees to the Women’s Health Heroes Hall of Fame

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

On April 1, Our Bodies Ourselves asked, “Who’s your women’s health hero?”

Dozens of you responded enthusiastically, sending in essays and videos describing the heroes who most inspire you.

Among them: a women’s studies professor who is a role model for her students; midwives and doulas who empower women to trust themselves and their bodies; activists and legislators pressing for real health care reform; numerous individuals and organizations advocating for reproductive rights and justice; a friend who provides a safe space for discussion; a mother “who cares for others whenever they are alone and in need”; community health workers who share information with their neighbors; and doctors who volunteer their time and expertise in other countries.

We couldn’t be more thrilled with all the nominees and the passionate submissions. A big thank you to everyone who participated!

Two special mentions:

Audience Choice Award: Margaret Flowers, MD, health care reform activist and congressional fellow at Physicians for a National Health Program. Flowers received a whopping 891 votes. Go, progressive health activists!

Our Bodies Ourselves Honoree: Lynn Jackson, intake director at the Texas Equal Access Fund and national case manager for the National Network of Abortion Funds. Thank you for your compassion — and for inspiring the women you work with and serve!



  1. Such an important idea and I celebrate your selections. One problem as I viewed the map of awardees’ locations. So east coast centric and I realize this is not your problem but has to do with several issues outside your control.

    Since I began blogging four years ago, it was clear that my own location in New York City seemed to skew those I might reach. Wanting to know more about lives of older women around the country was a goal–where were the midwesterners, northwesters?

    Much of it has to do with the location of media outlets in the East and their self-focus. Now that I’ve moved to Portland, Oregon, my goal is to find peers who share my concerns and are blogging out here.

    A re-energized women’s movement (much needed) could focus in this direction along with racial and ethnic diversity.

    Thanks for your work!

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