Education Empowers Women

Inspiring stories of women from Arizona to Afghanistan

Contributed by Lisa Larkin, MD, FACP, NCMP

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As part of CNN Films’ new documentary Girl Rising, Christiane Amanpour recently wrote a letter to the girls of the world telling them that with education, women and girls have tremendous power to change their worlds and our world. While I have not seen the film yet, even the trailer is inspiring, highlighting the stories of individual girls who are triumphing over impossible odds like being sold into slavery, or challenging social norms like child marriage. While many of these stories take place a hemisphere away from us in Cincinnati, I think all of us can relate to the power of education. If there is something that is holding you back, even in a small way, learn from these amazing young women and consider how education or learning from a mentor or challenging convention may take you to a new more powerful place.

Here at the Women’s Center, we’re dedicated to providing you with the education you need to make healthy choices and live life to its fullest. We recently invited Crista Johnson to our Center to talk about her work helping refugees here in the U.S. get the medical care they need. And Dr. Simon, a noted expert in sexual health, spoke with our physicians about how we can help women improve their sexual health after battling cancer. From the “big” issues to seemingly “small” ones, we want to see you triumphing. We are committed to providing the tools and resources you need to address any health concern—from answering questions about cancer, menopause or depression to sexual health, incontinence and the latest cosmetic procedures, we’re here with you every step of the way to your healthiest, most empowered life.

We are in the process of developing a new Lunch & Learn Series, a Lecture Series, and even movie nights, where we tackle topics that are of interest to the women in our community. If you have certain topics you would like us to cover, please let us know by emailing womenscenter@uchealthsites.com. We’re listening.

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