Our Bodies, Our Blog

Inspiring Professor: Dr. Alice Prince

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: Misty Betancourt

Nominee: Dr. Alice Prince, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Alice Price is an inspiring Women’s Health Hero. I remember forever being intimidated by her intelligence, assertiveness and her refusal to tiptoe around anything. As a Senior Biology major, I happened to … Read

Canadian Clinic Manager: Simone Leibovitch

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: Peggy Cooke

Nominee: Simone Leibovitch, Clinic Manager, Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic

Simone is the manager of the abortion clinic where I work as an office assistant and volunteer co-ordinator. I have worked with her for two years.

Simone is kind, humble and honest. She worked at a women’s shelter for … Read

“Not Yet Rain”: New Film on Abortion in Ethiopia

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Ipas, an international women’s health organization, has just released a new documentary, “Not Yet Rain.” The 23-minute film by Lisa Russell explores abortion in Ethiopia through the voices of four women who have faced the challenge of finding safe care. Nearly 67,000 women die each year from unsafe abortions; read than half of these deaths occur in Africa.

One of the women, Asnaketch, 32, was repeatedly attacked and raped. At the time, abortion was illegal, so she turned to traditional … Read

The Other Myhags: Translations and Adaptations Around the World

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

By Jane Pincus

Myhags co-founder

How many readers know about the dramatic reach of the Myhags Global Translation/Adaptation Program?

As one of the founders of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, and a writer and editor of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for the past four decades, I am excited to discuss the reach of this amazing program.

Over and over again, it brings to life our original goal of women speaking directly with one another about their own experiences, and using this shared … Read

Vermont Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage; Legislature Overturns Governor’s Veto

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Nine years after becoming the first state to offer civil unions, Vermont is now the fourth state to allow same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers voted this morning to override Gov. James Douglas’ veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

In doing so, Vermont became the first state to allow same-sex marriage through a legislative ruling instead of a court order. The law takes effect Sept. 1.

The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. The … Read

MA Senate President: Therese Murray

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: Cheryl Bartlett

Nominee: Therese Murray, Massachusetts Senate President

I am nominating the Senate President for her strong leadership and support for issues and concerns that impact the lives of women across the Commonwealth. She has been a role model and mentor for women as a single parent who … Read

Op-Ed Offers Directives for New FDA Leadership

By Rachel Walden |

Today’s Boston Globe has a great op-ed piece from Marcia Angell on the direction FDA Commissioner nominees Margaret Hamburg and Joshua Sharfstein should take the FDA under their leadership.

Angell offers the following directives:

  • “Congress should repeal the Prescription Drug User Fee Act
  • Consultants for drug companies should no longer be permitted to serve on FDA advisory panels
  • The agency should see that the post-marketing studies it mandates are actually carried out
  • The FDA should review generic drugs as fast as brand-name drugs
  • Congress should … Read

A Changing Force: Carolee Dunivan

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: Margie Levy

Nominee: Carolee Dunivan, Certified Nurse Midwife

Carolee Dunivan, Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), left a successful midwifery practice at UCLA to make many positive changes at one of LA’s largest and most protocol driven hospitals. She gave up being supported and appreciated as a CNM to enter an unfamiliar environment … Read

Assisting Women with Obstetric Fistulas: Helen Weld

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: Michele Chausse

Nominee: Helen Weld, Public Health Nurse

I do not know Helen personally, but I admire her efforts to assist women with obstetric fistulas in Africa, in addition to her other volunteer activities around the world.

Pictured below Helen (back row, center) and patients.

[Ed. note: Also see Helen’s … Read

Breastfeeding Pioneer: Karin Cadwell

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: Margaret H. Naylor, CNM, MPH, FACCE

Nominee: Karin Cadwell, PhD, RN, FAAN, IBCLC, Consultant – Healthy Children Project

Karin Cadwell is my new Heroine. Her dedication to mothers and babies has had a profound impact on me and I’m sure on all those she has taught and mentored.

Karin … Read