Our Bodies, Our Blog

Saving a Friend’s Life: National Network of Abortion Funds

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: Sarah Wilson

Nominee: National Network of Abortion Funds

My women’s health heroes are the members of the . They saved my friend’s life by helping her find the money to pay for her abortion last year.

My friend was trying to get out of an … Read

Activist, Researcher and Educator: Karen M. Hicks

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: Joan Z. Spade, Ph.D.

Nominee: Karen M. Hicks, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Lehigh University and Lafayette College

I am nominating Dr. Karen Hicks for her on-going dedication to improving women’s health and well-being, particularly as it relates to sexuality and reproductive health.

Dr. Hicks has been a sexuality educator for read … Read

Ohio Campus Organizer: Shirley Kailas

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: Kelsey Chapman

Nominee: Shirley Kailas

When I arrived at Kenyon College, in the middle of nowhere Ohio, I was another insecure freshman girl who hated her body and was afraid to speak out. Luckily, I happened to become involved with campus organizations filled with wonderful … Read

A Reluctant Hero: Betsy Ryan

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: Steven Slosberg

Nominee: Betsy Ryan, RN

I’ve submitted a column I wrote about Betsy Ryan several years ago when I was a columnist for The Day, a daily newspaper in New London, Conn.

Betsy continues to work ardently as a nurse in the infectious diseases department at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital … Read

The Power of Female Beauty: Dr. Nick Karras and Dr. Sayaka Adachi

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: Dr. Srividya Nair

Nominees: Dr. Nick Karras and Dr. Sayaka Adachi

A woman’s identity is indelibly linked with her sexuality; historically and currently, it is under attack in nearly every arena. We are left feeling inadequate and ugly no matter what role we are assigned by society. … Read

A Midwife for All Women: Whitney Pinger

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: Abigail Golden-Vazquez and Heather Wilson

Nominee: Whitney Pinger, Midwife

Whitney Pinger is indisputably a women’s health hero. She is one of the few private-practice midwives in Washington, DC working to provide midwifery care to women desiring hospital birth.  She is a senior Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) in the Washington, … Read

Raising the Volume of Women’s Voices: Lorenza Holt

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: Randi Friedman

Nominee: Lorenza Holt, Executive Director,

My women’s health hero is my next-door neighbor and dear friend, Lorenza Holt. Lorenza is passionate about empowering women during the childbirth process. She has devoted the past 15 years of her life to working primarily … Read

Upcoming Conferences on Hysterectomy, Midwifery, Maternal and Reproductive Health

By Rachel Walden |

A couple of upcoming events that may be of interest to readers:

28th annual conference on – April 24 in New York City

This event will feature a screening of UN BECOMING, “a play about the physical, economic, political, and social impact of hysterectomy,” a keynote speech by U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, and additional speakers on a variety of related topics. You can ; the conference is free for students with valid student ID.

2010 conference, “Delivering … Read

Giving Survivors a Voice: Maggie Ginsberg Schutz

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: Deborah Schutz

Nominee: Maggie Ginsberg Schutz, freelance writer and creater of

was created by Maggie Ginsberg Schutz in February 2009, to shed light within the blogging community on domestic violence and sexual abuse/assault by giving survivors a voice. From the Read

Solar-Powered Solutions for Childbirth: Dr. Laura Stachel

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: Cynthia Demsey

Nominee: Dr. Laura Stachel, Founder of

Dr. Laura Stachel, an obstetrician, studying for her PhD in Public Health, founded to save the lives of mothers and infants by providing solar-powered solutions for skilled obstetric care.

Each year, over … Read