Body Image & Wellness

Unattainable and idealized images of women’s and girls’ bodies are visible in every aspect of advertising and mass communication. Women and girls are bombarded constantly with messages that treat them as objects of sexual fantasy and exploitation or that demean them. Popular culture promotes unrealistic standards of beauty and makes women – particularly young women – susceptible to distorted body images, low self-esteem and psychological and eating disorders. The multi-billion dollar cosmetic surgery industry poses increased health risks for women, including life-long disfigurement. Researchers in our network are documenting negative messaging while encouraging a healthy representation of female beauty in which intellect, creativity and character trump thinness and physical perfection.

Kathryn Olson Named CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation

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Women's Sports Foundation

New York, N.Y., March 29, 2010 – The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, and a driving force in attracting girls and women to sports, better health and education, today named Kathryn Olson as the new CEO of the organization. Olson, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2005, served as chair of the Governance Committee.

The transition in leadership of the Women’s Sports Foundation is effective immediately.

2010 Annual Salute to Women in Sports

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Date/Time: 
10/12/2010 - 10/13/2010

For 35 years, the Women's Sports Foundation has helped advance the lives of girls and women through sport and physcial activity. On Tuesday, October 12, 2010 the Foundation will again celebrate one of the largest nights in Women's Sports and commemorate its 31st year in thanking those athletes who've opened doors for girls following in their footsteps.

Location: Waldorf=Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10022

 

For more information, contact Kerry Milhaven at 516-307-3976

Email: KMilhaven@WomensSportsFoundation.org
Website: www.WomensSportsFoundation.org/AnnualSalute
 

 

Dr. Susan Wicklund: The Perils of Providing Abortions

Just one month after the death of Dr. George Tiller, the Center for Reproductive Rights released a chilling report that shows abortion providers and their clinics are under siege. A four-month investigation in six states revealed that death threats, break ins, and assaults continue to impede women's access to clinics. Rather than use Tiller's death to make the case that doctors and their patients should be protected, the federal government has done very little. So how should those who believe in a woman's right to have an abortion respond?

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Cecile Richards on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, speaks with MSNBC's Chris Matthews about the Stupak-Pitts amendment which would comprise the most severe limitation on a woman's right to access safe and legal abortion care in a generation.

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Statement of Cecile Richards, President of PPFA on the Executive Order of the President on Abortion and Health Care Reform

"We regret that a pro-choice president of a pro-choice nation was forced to sign an Executive Order that further codifies the proposed anti-choice language in the health care reform bill, originally proposed by Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska.  What the president’s Executive Order did not do is include the complete and total ban on private health insurance coverage for abortion that Congressman Bart Stupak (D–MI) had insisted upon. So while we regret that this proposed Executive Order has given the imprimatur of the president to Senator Nelson’s language, we are grateful that it does not include the Stupak abortion ban." 

 

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Statement of Cecile Richards, President of PPFA, on House Passing Historic Health Care Reform Bill

“Today is a truly historic day for the American people who have long demanded affordable, quality health care coverage.

NCRW Network Promotes the Voices and Concerns of Girls

The National Council for Research on Women harnesses the resources of its network to ensure fully informed debate, policies, and practices to build a more inclusive and equitable world for women and girls. And we take that last part seriously. Girls cannot be left out of the equation. They are an important part of our movement for social change. As Chris Grumm, President and CEO of the Women’s Funding Network, recently said at NCRW’s afternoon program, the bifurcation between women and girls in our movement is unhelpful, dangerous, and may be holding us back. Recent research and advocacy by our member centers clearly demonstrates the importance of keeping girl’s voices and concerns front and center.


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Annual Conference 2010: Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence Against Women

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06/11/2010 - 06/12/2010

 

The National Council for Research on Women in partnership with the US National Committee for UNIFEM present
Strategic Imperatives for Ending Violence against Women: Linkages to Education, Economic Security and Health
June 11-12, 2010
Hunter College, CUNY, West Building, New York City
 

Hosted By
The Women and Gender Studies Program and Roosevelt House,
Hunter College, CUNY (City University of New York)

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New Faculty Colloquium - The Effect of Acculturation and Racial Identity on the Body Image of African-American Women

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04/28/2010

New Faculty Colloquium - The Effect of Acculturation and Racial Identity on the Body Image of African-American Women

Dr. Germine Awad

Location: Gar 2.112

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