Women’s Health Heroes

Laurie says:

Just got this from Our Bodies Ourselves. I’ll have to think about my nomination, but it made me think of the gray haired 50ish lesbian doctor in NYC in the 50’s, who prescribed (yes, they were by prescription only) diaphragms for unmarried and under age (less then 21) young women. You did have to pretend you were were engaged. Good contraception was remarkable hard for women to get.This was seriously illegal at the time, as were abortions (in case anyone’s forgotten). She did a lot of good in difficult times.

When you hear the words “Women’s Health Hero,” who comes to mind? Your 9th grade health teacher who taught you about sexually transmitted infections? The midwife who sat with you through 15 hours of labor? The young Nigerian activist you read about who’s working to end gender discrimination in her country? Or maybe the neighbor who counter-protests at the abortion clinic every Saturday morning?

Whoever your heroes are, we want to know about them! We’ve created the Our Bodies Ourselves Women’s Health Heroes awards to honor those who make significant contributions to the health and well-being of women. It’s a great way to publicly recognize people who make a difference in your life or the lives of others.
Nominations are now being accepted. Please visit for more information.