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For the Love of the Work: Dinah

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: Kat Kline

Nominee: Dinah, Sexologist at The Dinah Project

My hero is a woman who I have never met nor do I even know her full name. Dinah is a sexologist who I first came across through her website – – about a year and a half … Read

This Just In: David Souter to Retire from Supreme Court – Possible Replacements Mentioned

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

NPR’s Nina Totenberg that Supreme Court Justice David Souter, 69, plans on retiring at the end of the current court term:

Factors in his decision no doubt include the election of President Obama, who would be read likely to appoint a successor attuned to the principles Souter has followed as a moderate-to-liberal member of the court’s read liberal bloc over the past two decades.

In addition, Souter was apparently satisfied that neither the court’s oldest member, 89-year-old John Paul Stevens, nor its lone … Read

Obama: Freedom of Choice Act “Not Highest Legislative Priority”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Now that we’re over the 100-day hoopla, what did you think of President Obama’s remarks last night concerning abortion and the ?

In a speech Obama gave to Planned Parenthood Action Fund on July 17, 2007, the then-presidential candidate said, “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” He referenced it again in 2008, on the 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Of course, Congress first would have to pass FOCA. And to do that, the … Read

And On Day 101 … A Look Back at Obama’s First 100 Days in Office

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Sure, grading President Obama after just 100 days in office may be , but it sure is . Here’s a look at how Obama has measured up on issues of particular interest to our readers:

– “Are your reproductive rights read secure today than they were 100 days ago? How about the human rights of women around the world? Are we making progress toward universal access to basic sexual and reproductive health services, comprehensive sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment here … Read

Devoted to Women’s Pleasure: Dr. Betty Dodson

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. Tuppy Owens

Nominee: Dr. Betty Dodson, Pioneer teacher, writer, and artist

Betty is the GrandMummy of female masturbation and the unsung heroine of the century. If she had been working in any field other than sex, and masturbatory sex at that, she would be world-famous, Dean of a University, … Read

Unsung Hero for Women with Endometriosis: Shelley Houchin

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: Colleen Carroll

Nominee: Shelley Houchin, Endometriosis Association Support Program Coordinator

Shelley is an unsung hero for many women who have endometriosis.  She is an angel, a blessing, and a friend.

Shelley is very compassionate, helpful, and genuinely cares about each and every woman who calls the Endometriosis Association (EA) and asks … Read

Every Mom is a Hero: Carolynn Ernst

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: Rachael Longo

Nominee: Carolynn Ernst, Associate VP of Health Center Operations, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Every Mom is a hero.

The love of a mother, the work of a mother, is enough for that title. My mom is not only a hero for raising me and my two siblings, … Read

A Lifesaver: Jeannie May

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: Ms. Steele

Nominee: Jeannie May, Founder of Living Sphere

Jeannie May has been involved in support for people living with herpes for over seven years. She runs a herpes support line, provides support and information on her websites, , and a variety of forums.

She … Read

Swine Flu Concerns Draw Attention to Need for Midwives, Sick Leave

By Rachel Walden |

The swine flu news of recent days has sparked calls from advocacy organizations for attention to issues that a pandemic may exacerbate, such as the lack of paid sick leave and the lack of  of availability of licensed midwives to attend home births.

, a campaign to bring “important motherhood and family issues to the forefront of the country’s awareness,” includes paid sick leave among the concerns it addresses. They note that advice from officials has been to stay home if sick, in order … Read

Recognizing the “Big Picture” of Women’s Health: Dr. Barbara Keddy

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: Josephine B. Etowa

Nominee: Dr. Barbara Keddy, Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University

I am writing to nominate Dr. Barbara Keddy of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada as a Women’s Health Hero. I have known her for over a period of ten years, in various capacities, including being my course professor, thesis supervisor, … Read