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The Ears to Listen and Understand: Heather Corinna

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags 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: Stephanie Kline

Nominee: Heather Corinna, Founder & Editor of Scarleteen

When I think of the word hero, what comes to the front of my mind is someone who is present through all of the tough times. They are the people wanting to make a change, and willing to take the … Read

Nutrition and Fitness Advocate: Sheila Fawbush

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags 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: Kathy McCardwell

Nominee: Sheila Fawbush, County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences (Shelby County, Kentucky)

I nominate Sheila Fawbush as my “women’s health hero” because of her work for the improved health of women in rural Shelby County, Kentucky.

As an agent for the University of Kentucky’s Extension Services, Sheila … Read

Double Dose: How Effective is Your Treatment?; History of Women, in Four Volumes; High Cost of Insurance Scares Off Buyers; Tips for Writing About Violence Against Women …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Being “Maddy”: Jennifer Finney Boylan wrote a beautiful piece about her relationship with her sons as she transitioned from male to female. Published as a New York Times “Modern Love” column, the essay was adapted from “The Book of Dads,” to be published in May by Ecco.

Determining Which Medical Therapies Work: “Good luck trying to learn what medical treatment works best to relieve low back pain, alleviate depression or prevent the spread of prostate cancer. The information isn’t available — to … Read

Bea Arthur: Thank You for Being a Friend

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Bea Arthur, known best for her roles as Maude Findlay in the television situation comedy “Maude” and Dorothy Zbornak in “The Golden Girls,” and for her earlier stage work, died Saturday at the age of 86. The cause was cancer, a family spokesperson said.

“Maude,” an off-shoot of “All in the Family,” aired from  1972 to 1978. Calling it groundbreaking is not hyperbole, as this excerpt from the Museum of Broadcast Communications demonstrates:

Like many of [Norman] Lear’s productions, “Maude” was … Read

Political Diagnosis: Over-the-Counter Birth Control for 17-Year-Olds; Upcoming Vote on Sebelius for HHS; Budget Debate Picks Up Speed; Groups Call for Insurance Expansion …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Plan B OK’d for 17-Year-Olds: The FDA announced this week it will permit over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill Plan B to women as young as 17. In a statement released on its website, the FDA said it would not appeal last month’s federal court ruling directing the government agency to permit the sale without a prescription. Read read at the Washington Post.

A New York Times editorial called the decision a “further break from the Bush administration’s ideologically driven … Read

Just Another Day in Washington: Clinton Breaks “Political Sound Barrier” on Global Health Aid

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, during her first congressional testimony since her confirmation hearing, broke “the political sound barrier,” writes Jodi Jacobson at RH Reality Check.

The moment came during questioning by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). When Smith asked whether the Obama administration would seek to “overturn pro-life laws” in Africa and Latin America, Clinton replied:

We have a very fundamental disagreement and it is my strongly held view that you are entitled to advocate and everyone who agrees with you should be … Read

Ensuring Women’s Rights: Elisabeth Sowecke

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags 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: Beth Robins

Nominee: Elisabeth Sowecke, Board Member and Co-Director of Case Management, DC Abortion Fund

Elisabeth Sowecke changes the trajectory of women’s lives every day. Imagine finding yourself pregnant, sure that abortion is your best option, and unable to pay for the procedure. Each year, thousands of women in this … Read

Sex and Disability Educator: Dr. Tuppy Owens

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags 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: Zelda Plum

Nominee: Dr. Tuppy Owens, Founder of The Outsiders

Dr. Tuppy Owens founded Outsiders 30 years ago, for disabled men and women to find partners. She has continued to run this group ever since, and within it runs the V-Group for disabled women with sexual problems. She … Read

Their Birth, Their Way: Nikki Macfarlane

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags 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: Lynne F.

Nominee: Nikki Macfarlane, Founder of Childbirth International

Nikki Macfarlane advocates for informed choice. She believes we have the right to make personal choices about our health and we make better decisions when we understand the implications – pros and cons – of the choices available to us.

Nikki’s professional … Read

Wind Beneath My Wings: Dr. Cheryl Holder

By Wendy |

From 2009 – 2011, Myhags 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: Marie Perez

Nominee: Dr. Cheryl Holder, Internal Medicine

Sometimes in our lives, when we most need it, but least expect it, we find the person who we never thought we would find, “Our Hero.” And that is who I met in April 2006 when I suffered a pulmonary embolism, was … Read