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By Sarah Murphy
Many things in this world baffle my mind: IKEA furniture manuals, the Twilight series, “the cloud,” among other things. But, as a young feminist, one of the things that confuses me the most is the strange hypocrisy of young conservative women (“anti-feminists,” if you will1) who self-identify as “anti-choice feminists.” The fact that any young woman would choose to support the conservative stance on social issues like abortion, gender equity, fair pay, etc., is absolutely puzzling to me.
Our year with Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) fellow Keely Monroe flew by! Keely has been a core member of the NWHN team and a leader on our Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need campaign. (Make sure you read her article in this issue about the new preventive health coverage for women that started August 1.) But at the end of August, her fellowship with us ended and we had to say goodbye.
By Heidi Gider
On October 18, 2012, the National Women’s Health Network will celebrate the 5th Annual Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health. Members are invited to join us in Washington, DC as we celebrate two remarkable women activists who have changed women’s health for the better.
We are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s awards:
By Charlea Massion and Adriane Fugh-Berman
“Lets just do a CT scan to be sure…” the doctor says. These days, having a CT scan seems routine, like having a strep test when you have a sore throat. In 2007, about 70 million CT scans were performed in the U.S. — triple the number done in 1993.1 About two-thirds of CT scans are done on women.1
By Amy Allina
When the U.S. government invests more than $600 million in the largest study of older women ever conducted…
And, the study yields such definitive results that the scientists providing ethical oversight for the research decide that it should be halted years early because the questions it was designed to answer have been clearly and solidly answered…
By Cynthia Pearson, Executive Director
Health care earthquakes? What am I talking about? Well, first of all, it helps to know that I grew up in California and have been in more than a few earthquakes. Thankfully, none of them were severe and no one I knew was hurt, but those earthquakes left me with very vivid memories of the experience. Those memories started coming back as I sat down to write this column, and I realized that I wanted to write about health care earthquakes.
By Leeann Simons, MS, RD, LDN
In the 2012 NWHN Board of Directors elections, the three incumbents were re-elected: Dara Mendez, Ninia Baehr, and Cheri Pie. In addition, five new members will join the board in June: Dazon Dixon Diallo, Kara Loewentheil, Anu Manchikanti Gomez, Kira Jones, and Mia Kim Sullivan. Learn more about these excellent women from their candidate’s statements:
By Xiaofan Pan
As a rape survivor and student, I intimately know the struggle to sustain a sense of self while pushing for justice within the university judicial system. One of the most trying aspects for survivors, including myself, is the lack of fairness in university misconduct proceedings.
By Susan Yanow, MSW
“Danielle Deaver was 22 weeks pregnant when her water broke and doctors gave her a devastating prognosis: With undeveloped lungs, the baby likely would never survive outside the womb, and because all the amniotic fluid had drained, the tiny growing fetus slowly would be crushed by the uterus walls. Deaver's prior pregnancy ended the same way at 15 weeks, and doctors induced her to spare the pain. But this time, when the couple sought the same procedure, doctors could not legally help them. Just one month earlier, Nebraska had enacted the nation's first fetal pain legislation, banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation. So the Deavers had to wait more than a week to deliver baby Elizabeth, who died after just 15 minutes....”1.
We are thrilled that the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) recently honored the Network with its Grassroots Activism Award for our success in reducing the incidence of breast cancer! The Network’s longtime advocacy — including our members’ and supporters’ activism —challenged the widespread use of hormone therapy and led to this important accomplishment. Presenting the award, NBCC President Fran Visco commended the Network for taking on the battle to change medical practice and demand answers about hormones’ health effects, both positive and negative.
We often face harsh realities when we don’t fit into what society deems to be normal. But, does that also mean we can be harassed or discriminated against? The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) doesn’t think so. In April, the EEOC ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects transgender and gender non-conforming workers from employment discrimination. This landmark change clarifies existing national policy and strengthens this (too slowly) evolving area of employment law.
By Shaniqua Seth and Malika Redmond
Accentuated and airbrushed, often young and Caucasian, female body parts are displayed on billboards throughout the U.S. as a staple marketing technique to attract consumers’ attention and dollars. Feminists have long critiqued the way this advertising strategy objectifies women, but the strategy took a twist when a controversial billboard made national news after it was erected in New York City in 2011. The ad used a woman of color’s body not to sell a product, but to promote an anti-choice message. The young African-American girl in the billboard was both the object and subject of the message, which read: “The Most Dangerous Place for an African-American is in the Womb.”
By Amy Allina
Here in the U.S., we aren’t very good at talking about contraception. In fact, we’re usually down-right terrible at it! Recent conservative attacks have focused public attention on how universally accepted contraceptive use is in this country, which may make it a little easier for us to talk about. But, these attacks have serious downsides for the contraceptive conversation, too.
By Joan Wilentz
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) are characterized by pain and dysfunction in one or both jaw joints and/or their surrounding tissues. These joints are the most complex in the body. They work as a pair, positioned on either side of the head, connecting the upper ends of the mandible (the lower jaw bone) to the temporal bone of the skull. The joints enable you to move your jaw in three dimensions: up and down, forward and back, and side to side. Serious disruption in the jaw’s function affects the ability to eat, chew, and swallow food; speak and make facial expressions; and breathe and sleep comfortably.
By Christina Cherel
They say good men are hard to find and that sailing through the dating waters can be rough. I’ve found that, for an outspoken, pro-choice feminist woman in her early twenties, the pool of eligible bachelors is even shallower.