Last month, Janine O'Leary Cobb, founder of A Friend Indeed in
1984, was honoured, alongside 30 other activists, by the U.S. National
Women's Health Network (www.nwhn.org). The NWHN stated that these
29 women and one man, among them Mary Lou Ballweg, who established The
Endometriosis Association, Betty Dodson, who is credited with liberating
women's sexuality, and Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, who teaches
complementary and alternative medicine at Georgetown University,
"have created and inspired work to improve women's health over
the last 30-plus years. Their work transformed our experience of
women's health, and continues to do so today. Together, they
reflect values the Network holds dear--they trust women's
descriptions of their own experience; they believe that evidence should
underpin services and information; they consider systems of power and
oppression as they work; they resist the unnecessary medicalization of
women's health; and they believe that all women deserve access to
excellent care." Janine was the only Canadian honoured by the NWHN.
In addition to editing AFI for 14 years, she is the author of the
bestselling book, Understanding Menopause, now in its 6th edition, Key
Porter Books, 2005 (ISBN: I-55263-675-5 $22.95, www.keyporterbooks.com).
Janine now works with Breast Cancer Action Montreal (www.bcam.qc.ca).