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 National Network of Abortion Funds. 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, Boston Association for Childbirth Education

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:

HERS Foundation’s 28th annual conference on hysterectomy – 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 register online; the conference is free for students with valid student ID.

Women Deliver 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 Violence UnSilenced

Violence UnSilenced 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 We Care Solar

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

Each year, over … Read