The Politicization of Women’s Issues: Tug of War with Gender at the Center

Vol. 21 No. 2


Hope Viner Samborn is a lawyer and Chicago-area freelance writer.

“Politicizing women’s health makes me sick. Literally,” California lawyer Cathy Gellis tweeted earlier this year. “Because I’m a woman, and it undermines my health care.”

Gellis tweeted and blogged in February on her blog Statements of Interest: Looking at Life Through a Lawyer’s Lens at about her disgust over the decision in January of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to stop funding Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.’s breast cancer screening programs. Only days later, the Komen organization, based in New York, reversed its decision.

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