Educate Congress – Highlights from Myhags at the National Press Club

By Rachel Walden |
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Marion McCartney, Cindy Pearson, Diana Zuckerman, Judy Norsigian, Erin Thornton, Vivian Pinn with National Press Club organizer Debra Silimeo / Photo: Angela Edwards

It’s official: Washington knows we’re coming.

Myhags kicked off the  campaign Monday at the National Press Club, joined by some of the smartest and most influential experts on women’s health. The campaign aims to deliver “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to every member of the U.S. House and Senate.

Judy Norsigian, My founder and executive director, spoke about the , particularly in the wake of some outlandish and indeed dangerous comments about women’s bodies.

Cindy Pearson, executive director of the , said, “What seems to be going on somewhat right now is public figures’ willingness to make statements of fact that are so badly wrong.”

Other speakers included Diana Zuckerman, president of the ; Erin Thornton, executive director of ; Vivian Pinn, former director (retired) of the and Marion McCartney, CNM, a pioneer nurse-midwife who founded the first freestanding birth center in the D.C. area.

Coverage of the event and the campaign is available from numerous media, including  and Agence France-Presse (love the headline: “‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ earmarked for US politicians”). Pearson also gave a on FOX 5 in D.C.

We’re indebted to , who did a terrific job live-tweeting the event using the hashtag  (tweets are still available if you want to check ’em out), and without whom this whole event would not have been possible.

Campaign supporter and  founder Christy Turlington ended up not being able to make the event, but she sent out  in support:

Let’s Educate Congress!  “everyone deserves access 2!accurate women’s health info & sex-ed!” @ 

Keep watching this blog and  and  for read campaign updates. We’ve already passed the 15 percent mark of our $25,000 goal to send books to all members of Congress. Huge thanks to all of our supporters!

Please consider  to help us meet our goal. We’re offering perks for donations of all sizes — but perhaps the greatest perk is knowing you, too, helped to educate Congress.

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