Words Matter

buyticketbuttonJoin us for an exciting evening of conversation with leading women’s healthcare activists & feminist authors about activism and what it takes to create real change in the breast cancer movement. A highlight of the evening will include an inside look and celebration of Breast Cancer Action’s landmark US Supreme Court win on last week overturning human gene patents!

Come hear acclaimed authors Byllye Avery and Cynthia Enloe read excerpts from their work at this premier Boston event benefiting Breast Cancer Action.

Thursday, June 27th, 2013
6 – 8 p.m.
Simmons College
Paresky Conference Center

300 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Tickets: $35

Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women's Health Imperative and feminist author

Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative and feminist author

We are proud to welcome our special guests:

Byllye Avery, the founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative and Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need. Byllye was recently featured in the documentary Makers about women who made America. She has received the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the Advancement of Health Care from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and the MacArthur Foundation’s Fellowship for Social Contribution. Byllye will be reading from her book An Altar of Words: Wisdom to Comfort and Inspire African-American Women.


Cynthia Enloe, feminist author and activist

Cynthia Enloe, feminist author and activist

Cynthia Enloe is a feminist writer and a Research Professor in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department at Clark University. She has written thirteen acclaimed books which cover a broad range of issues encompassing gender-based discrimination as well as racial, ethnic and national identities. Cynthia has been awarded the International Studies Association’s Susan Strange Award, the Susan B. Northcutt Award and the Peace and Justice Studies Association’s Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thank you to both women who are generously donating their time and talent.

BCAction is the national watchdog of the breast cancer movement working to end the breast cancer epidemic by stopping cancer before it starts. Join Breast Cancer Action’s Karuna Jaggar for a provocative and engaging conversation following these talented authors as we discuss the state of the breast cancer field and the ways that language can hinder and advance needed change. We look forward to sharing an evening of words and wisdom with you and other activists, community members and academics.

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Thank you to the event committee:
Abigail Arons
Linda Burnett
Beverly Canin
Ngina Lythcott