New MAKERS: Byllye Avery, France Córdova and the Boston Women's Health Collective


We are so excited to be able to announce the launch of three new sets of MAKERS videos. This week, we’ve added interviews from Byllye Avery, France Córdova, and the Boston Women’s Health Collective.



Byllye Avery has been a dedicated healthcare advocate for over thirty years, and remains dedicated to improving the welfare of low-income African American women. She is the founder of The Avery Institute for Social Change and the Black Women’s Health Imperative.  Her work in healthcare began in 1974, when she co-founded the Women’s Health Center in Gainesville, Florida. Four years later she co-founded Birthplace, an alternative birthing center also located in Gainesville.  She has won numerous awards for her work in healthcare – The MacArthur fellowship in 1989, the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the Advancement of Health Care, and in 2008, she received the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award for Pioneer in Women’s Rights. Find out more about her by visiting her profile. Discover her feelings on healthcare for women, parenting, abortion, and leadership.



France Córdova is proof that you can lead many different lives. She graduated from Stanford University as an English major, and worked as a journalist before earning a PhD in Physics at the California Institute of Technology in 1979. From 1993 to 1996, she became the youngest person, and first woman, to hold the position of NASA Chief Scientist. She then returned to academia, working as a Professor of Physics and Astronomy before being chosen to become the eleventh president of Purdue University in 2007. Discover more about France Córdova, and hear her advice on advancing your career, leadership, and distancing yourself from your detractors.


The Boston Women’s Health Collective, now known as Our Bodies Ourselves, is the non-profit responsible for Our Bodies, Ourselves. Published by Simon & Schuster, it has been called “America’s best-selling book on all aspects of women’s health,” by The New York Times. Miriam Hawley organized the original 1969 health seminar that resulted in the collective, and became one of the organizations’ founders, and board members. Judy Norsigian, also a founder and board member, currently serves as the Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves. Find out more about their thoughts on creating a flexible workplace for parents, photoshop in magazines, and discover what childbirth was like in the 1960s.