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Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

The State of Women's Health Today: An Unfinished Agenda

On Thursday, February 7, 2013, CSWGS was pleased to present a Gray/Wawro Lecture in Gender, Health and Well-being from Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women's Health Imperative.

How do gender inequalities and the intersection of other social identities influence reproductive injustice, personal responsibility and public policy? This presentation examineed this question through the crisis of Black women's reproductive health and the experience of childbirth.

Avery headshotA dreamer, visionary, and grassroots realist, Byllye Avery combines activism with social responsibility to explore women’s health issues.  She is the founder of the Black Women's Health Imperative (formerly the National Black Women’s Health Project) and the Avery institute for Social Change.  Byllye Avery has dedicated the last 30 years to inspiring women with her experiences, wisdom, and spirit.  Winner of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Genius award, she has been honored throughout her career, including Lifetime Television’s Trailblazer Award, Essence magazine’s Award for Community Service and the President’s Citation of the American Public Health Association.  She is an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, was a visiting fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and is a former faculty member at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health.

CSWGS is grateful to the School of Engineering for their support in this lecture.