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5 Views on Women's Health

Every MAKER has a wealth of unique and personal experiences that are powerful on their own. How can we combine their experiences to create a multi-faceted story on a topic, event or moment in history? Each week, we’ll create a playlist of five women, to explore and illuminate how one moment can bring forth many perspectives.
Mother’s Day kicked off Women’s Health Week for 2012, an annual, weeklong event to shed light on health issues affecting women. The MAKERS we’re featuring in this week’s playlist have either experienced a health issue, or work in the health industry. Their reactions to women’s health issues, or sickness and disease, emphasize that acceptance and awareness is the most important step in treatment.
Kris Carr: Caring for the Body and Mind
Kris Carr was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, and it completely changed the view she had on her body, and the foods she was putting into it. She stresses the importance of educating one’s self on preventative care, arguing that environmental factors can have an effect on your body and health.
BWHC: The Critics & Everyone Else
The creators of the women’s health and sexuality book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, faced backlash from organizations who thought the book’s contents were too taboo. However, the book also had a lot of support from individuals who wanted to take the subject of women’s health and bring it into the public sphere.
Byllye Avery: Warming Up the Clinic
When Byllye Avery opened her clinic, she wanted it to reflect a different view on women’s health. Instead of a sterile, medical atmosphere, they created a warm and inviting home environment, a disruptive and radical proposal for the time.
Dr. Susan Love: Making Patients Participants
When Dr. Susan Love wrote her book on cancer, doctors became enraged that she was giving away the secrets to their practice. Love wanted to move away from a philosophy of distance and expertise, to make patients participants in their own recovery programs.
Eve Ensler: Cancer’s Catharsis
Eve Ensler took her cancer diagnosis and turned into a transformative, learning experience. Instead of walling, she let it be the catalyst for change in her life, seeing it as the chance to expunge the trauma she had experienced earlier in her life.