Women’s Health Heroes 2010

Our Bodies Ourselves presents the 2010 Womens’ Health Heroes, honoring the work of women’s health advocates worldwide.

The 20 outstanding individuals and organizations presented on top were inducted into the Women’s Health Heroes Hall of Fame in May 2010 for having made significant, long-lasting contributions to women’s health. Their work covers a wide range of health fields and disciplines.

Two inductees were selected for special honors. Learn what makes all of them heroes by viewing their nominations.

OBOS Special Honors: Lynn Jackson

Intake director at the Texas Equal Access Fund & national case manager for the National Network of Abortion Funds

Audience Choice Award: Margaret Flowers, MD

Health care reform activist & congressional fellow at Physicians for a National Health Program

Nominated by: Merritt Tierce
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Nominated by: Carol Paris
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Dorothy Height
Civil rights activist who advocated on behalf of women and children (1912 – 2010)
Eugenia Lopez-Uribe
Activist and coordinator of the MARIA Abortion Fund for Social Justice (Mexico)
Promotoras de la Salud
Community health workers in Springfield, Mass., providing sexual health education and information
George Tiller, MD
Abortion provider whose motto was “Trust women.” Tiller was shot and killed in his church (1941 – 2009)
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Laura Stachel, MD
Founder of We Care Solar, providing solar-powered systems to meet maternity care needs in developing regions
Wendy Chavkin, MD
Columbia University professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology; Founder, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
Roseanna Means, MD
Founder of Women of Means, providing free, patient-centered medical care for women & children in the Boston area
Rita Arditti
Environmentalist, human rights activist, breast cancer activist & co-founder of New Words women’s book store (1934 – 2009)
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John Varallo, MD
OB/GYN with a focus on international public health, including prevention and treatment of cervical cancer
Whitney Pinger
Certified nurse midwife in Washington, D.C., working to provide midwifery care in hospital births
Jill Wood
Senior lecturer in women’s studies at Penn State University & mentor to grateful students
Marianne Bullock & Lisa Andrews
Co-founders, The Prison Birth Project, providing support to incarcerated women & girls
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Shirley Kailas
Kenyon College (Ohio) campus organizer around health issues & a peer counselor
Duchy Trachtenberg
Member of Montgomery County (Md.) Council & public health advocate
Carol Ciancutti-Leyva
Director,Absolutely Safe,” documentary about the safety of breast implants and related health concerns
Lorenza Holt
Executive director, Boston Association for Childbirth Education, & doula who empowers women
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Karen Hicks
Educator, author & advocate against medicalization of women’s sexuality
RH Reality Check
Online daily publication covering reproductive health & justice issues
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View all video and essay submissions

Sayaka Adachi & Nick Karras, sexologists and authors of the book “Petals” Kathie Lindstrom, coordinator of perinal studies at Douglas College (Canada) Norma Scarborough, founding member, Canadian Association to Repeal the Abortion Law
Lisa Andrews & Marianne Bullock, co-founders of the Prison Birth Project Rachel Lloyd, founder and executive director of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services Maggie Ginsberg Schultz, founder, Violence Unsilenced, website for survivors of domestic violence & sexual abuse/assault
Rita Arditti, environmentalist, breast cancer activist & co-founder of New Words book store Roseanna Means, founder, Women of Means, free, patient-centered medical care for women & children Angela Shipp, author of bluehealer diary, a daily planner for tracking health
Emily Boyes-Watson, wonderful friend who provides a safe space for others National Network of Abortion Funds
More than 100 organizations provide direct funding to women in need
Laura Stachel, founder of We Care Solar – solar-powered systems to meet maternity care needs
Wendy Chavkin, founder of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health & co-founder of Global Doctors for Choice Sharon Ostalecki, director, Helping Our Pain & Exhaustion, which works to improve the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia Katherine Stone, peer advocate for women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders & author of the blog Postpartum Progress
Carol Ciancutti-Leyva, director, “Absolutely Safe,” documentary about breast implants Nancy Pelosi, first female Speaker of the House and health care reform advocate George Tiller, abortion provider who was shot and killed in his church in 2009
Margaret Flowers, pediatrician-turned-health care reform activist who advocates for a single-payer program Whitney Pinger, certified nurse midwife in Washington, D.C., working to provide midwifery care to women desiring hospital birth Duchy Trachtenberg, member of Montgomery County (Md.) Council & public health advocate
Dorothy Height, civil rights activist who advocated on behalf of women and children Project Bread, Massachusetts organization working to prevent, alleviate & end hunger Eugenia Lopez Uribe, activist and coordinator of the MARIA Abortion Fund for Social Justice (Mexico)
Karen Hicks, sexuality educator; author of “Surviving the Dalkon Shield IUD: Women v. the Pharmaceutical Industry” Promotoras de la Salud, community health workers provide sexual health education in Springfield, Mass. John Varallo, MD, OB/GYN with a focus on international public health, including prevention and treatment of cervical cancer
Lorenza Holt, executive director, Boston Association for Childbirth Education RH Reality Check, online daily publication covering reproductive health & justice issues Kathleen Ward, nurse, mother & friend
Lynn Jackson, intake director for the Texas Equal Access Fund Betsy Ryan, nurse & HIV/AIDS educator Jill Wood, senior lecturer in women’s studies at Penn State University & mentor
Shirley Kailas, Kenyon College campus organizer around health issues & peer counselor Jenni Saake, founder of Hannah’s Prayer, a ministry that supports families facing fertility challenges Laura Zeidenstein, director of Columbia University School of Nursing’s midwifery program
Diane Legg, co-chair, Lung Cancer Alliance-Massachusetts