Women Who Inspire Change: Mesoamerican Healers

“This book is about the intellectual traditions of Mesoamerican women,” explains Paloma Martinez-Cruz in the opening lines of Women and Knowledge in Mesoamerica: From East L.A. To Anahuac.


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Women Who Inspire Change: Susan

Women Who Inspire Change: Susan

We were all together in the local grocery store, which was an unusual occurrence. Dad, Susan, Peter, Bella, and me never went shopping for groceries, but we were new in town so maybe Dad was afraid to leave us home alone. Whatever the case, I wasn't happy about the situation.


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Women Who Inspire Change: Joanne N. Smith

Women Who Inspire Change: Joanne N. Smith

When I realized I would be twenty minutes late to the interview, I almost turned around and went home. Why would someone hire a me as a community organizer when I hadn't lived in New York City long enough to get the timing right on the subway? Fortunately, I stuck it out anyway, apologizing profusely for my transit bumble. That's how I learned Joanne Smith isn't a stickler for being on time, and the next day I was offered the position at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE).


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Women Who Inspire Change: Amie

Fatal Consequences: Women, Abortion, and Power in Latin America

The Supreme Court in Argentina ruled unanimously today that abortion will be decriminalized in cases of rape and when a woman's life is in jeopardy. The ruling also states that doctors who perform abortions will be protected from punishment.


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What is the State of Abortion Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Women Who Inspire Change: Amie

Motherhood is idealized all over the world. It's common to see depictions of a mother rocking, nursing, or cooing at a peaceful baby while lovingly gazing down at her bundle of joy. We're told to enjoy every day with our child to the fullest, because before we know it infancy will be a thing of the past. They say we should cherish the new parent struggles, as it forms an unbreakable bond with our newborn child.


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Women Who Inspire Change: Barbara Seaman

Women Who Inspire Change: Barbara Seaman

In February of 2008, the women’s health movement lost one of its mothers, and I lost one of mine. Barbara Seaman, a tireless activist on behalf of women’s rights, died of lung cancer at her home in Manhattan.


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Women Who Inspire Change: Margaret Sanger

Legendary birth-control pioneer Margaret Sanger would likely have loved Jean H.


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Women Who Inspire Change: Doña Esperanza

During my many years of advocating for sexual and reproductive rights, I've been fortunate to meet and learn from numerous role models. I could tell hundreds of stories about inspirational women whose daily struggle to provide quality health services to the world's most vulnerable people makes me proud to be a part of the global health movement. One such person is Doña Esperanza, a woman with whom I had just one encounter, but she made a very strong impact at a crucial point in my career.


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Women Who Inspire Change

Women Who Inspire Change

Every day women around the globe are working for the betterment of their communities. While some women receive their due recognition, others go unnoticed—women like our best friends, our sisters, our bosses, our colleagues, our mothers, and sometimes perfect strangers.

Although we may never know the names of these average yet extraordinary women, in many ways (both big and small) we still feel the impact of their acts of courage and compassion.


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News from the Region

Below are news stories, blog posts, and other resources released this week regarding sexual and reproductive health Latin America, North America, and the Caribbean:

Moving Sexual Rights from the Margins to the Mainstream in Latin America | RH Reality Check

Brazil's Girl Power | National Geographic

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