When I began considering myself a body-pos activist, so to speak, I was a size 18/20. I shouted from the rooftops that I was in love with my fat, and that I would never, ever allow anyone to make me feel unworthy or "less than" in the future.
While there is much progress to celebrate in HIV treatment and prevention, protecting women remains a major challenge. AIDS is the number-one killer of women ages 15 to 44 worldwide.
Hardly anyone will express gratitude for access to health services, like an ambulance or an emergency room, because we rarely give it a second thought. Yet millions of women and children around the world struggle to access even the most basic health services.
Current instances of coercive contraceptive practices cast a dark shadow over the equally important reality of the pervasive and daily violations of human rights that occur by depriving millions of people of their right to reproductive health care, including family planning.
Do what is best for you and don't let anyone, including me, take you off course. You have enough to think about when you find out you have breast cancer and it can be easy to get lost in the haze.
Feminism has become the word du jour. But what's its message? Its goals? Why is it so divisive?
Saving the lives of women and children takes financial resources, political will, and savvy advocates who are undaunted by the enormity of the challenges they face.
Instead of exercising to sculpt, change, and tighten, what if we simply moved our bodies in ways that brought us satisfaction and joy? This a radical mindset shift because we are inundated daily with society's belief that our bodies need to be fixed
I supported you through your pregnancies. I was strong for deliveries. I was patient during recoveries. It seemed like the more I gave, the less you appreciated it!
We all care about women's lives, and PEPFAR under President Bush and President Obama has vastly improved the health of women and their families, while building vital healthcare system infrastructure. Let's continue the success, without being undermined by the Global Gag Rule.
I discovered that I had been living a life according to what other's believed was the norm. I learned that every experience is part of the journey and realized that my journey was my life's purpose.
I've known smart women who've gone to extremes to hide the fact that they have to work for their figure. I've been one of them. I once got out of sharing bread pudding on a date by saying that the sight of it made me sad because it was served at my grandpa's shiva.
The Beltway media and politicians continuously deride the Affordable Care Act and its legal and political challenges ahead. They also seemed to be ready to pounce if healthcare.gov did not work perfectly upon open enrollment on November 15. But what is virtually never discussed are the many benefits that the law has brought to millions of individuals and entire communities.
As a recently released 2014 report card on women's health confirmed, Pennsylvania's failing when it comes to meeting women's health needs, especially for women of color.
Courage is critical, because there are so many situations in which we women have to break through barriers, challenge traditional behaviors and redefine the way others see us.
Data indicate that women may suffer more from seasonal alterations in health and behavior than men. These seasonal changes involve a wide range of issues from mood changes, to decreases in fertility, to changes in biomarkers and behaviors linked to cardiovascular risk.