The recent actions and reactions of the Susan G. Komen Foundation give us pause here at the Boston Women’s Fund. Certainly we were pleased when the Komen Foundation changed their stance on funding for Planned Parenthood, and more so by the extraordinary outpouring of support Planned Parenthood received from the masses. But this controversy really brought to light the politics that continue to infiltrate and impede access to and advancements in women’s health care. Breast cancer; reproductive health; heart disease; the list can go on– every woman’s personal health is at risk because of the politics that permeates the health care system, and women’s health care overall.
For an organization created by women, for women and of women to even momentarily take an anti-woman stance on any issue shows us that the controversy is far from over. And, there still remains much work to be done– not just for the betterment of women’s health, but for the overall equality of women.
The Boston Women’s Fund remains steadfast in our efforts to change the dynamics of power and privilege in our communities. Check out the conversations we’ve been having on Facebook or take a look around our website to read about some of the great work we’ve been doing. Let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.