Meet the New Inductees to the Women's Health Heroes Hall of Fame
By Christine Cupaiuolo — May 27, 2010
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!
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!
Dr. Margaret Flowers–a wonderful choice indeed!
She’s my hero!