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Research that makes women visible

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2005 - Autumn


Surveying a packed ballroom at New Haven’s Omni Hotel in which women were disproportionately and diversely represented, renowned feminist author and activist Gloria Steinem noted the changes since she first spoke at Yale at the dawn of the women’s movement in the 1960s. “The phrase gender-specific could have applied to all of Yale,” Steinem said in April. “And God and Man at Yale has at least become God and People. There are glorious racial and ethnic and economic differences and diversity and richness. So times have really changed.”

Speaking at a gala event in which she received a Women of Vision award from Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY), Steinem lauded the work of WHRY, which supports research on sex-specific factors in health and disease. “Their questions at a time when mostly old answers rule the top are really very, very crucial,” she said. “The rock-solid research that is going on makes the female half of the world visible and is clearly something we all desperately, desperately need right now.”