On April 1, Our Bodies Ourselves asked, “Who’s your women’s health hero?“
Dozens of you responded enthusiastically, sending in essays and videos describing the heroes who most inspire you.
Among them: a women’s studies professor who is a role model for her students; midwives and doulas who empower women to trust themselves and their bodies; activists and legislators pressing for real health care reform; numerous individuals and organizations advocating for reproductive rights and justice; a friend who provides a safe space for discussion; a mother “who cares for others whenever they are alone and in need”; community health workers who share information with their neighbors; and doctors who volunteer their time and expertise in other countries.
We couldn’t be more thrilled with all the nominees and the passionate submissions. A big thank you to everyone who participated!
Without further ado, Our Bodies Ourselves is excited to introduce the 20 newest inductees into the Women’s Health Heroes Hall of Fame and the two special mentions:
Audience Choice Award: Margaret Flowers, MD, health care reform activist and congressional fellow at Physicians for a National Health Program. Flowers received a whopping 891 votes. Go, progressive health activists!
Our Bodies Ourselves Honoree: Lynn Jackson, intake director at the Texas Equal Access Fund and national case manager for the National Network of Abortion Funds. Thank you for your compassion — and for inspiring the women you work with and serve!