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How Men Encourage the Women's Health Movement

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How Men Are Encouraging the Women's Health Movement Via Maurer Foundation/Flickr

The women’s health movement started in the 1960s as an attempt to enlighten women about their bodies and sexuality but it stayed largely out the media and the limelight. Today, women’s health is an open and ongoing conversation, not just among women and doctors but in schools, on talk shows, and in the news.

Across the country, men are backing women’s health initiatives and are getting involved to raise money for and awareness about issues like ovarian and breast cancer and domestic violence.

Dave Graybill is a retired firefighter and professional baseball player who founded Pink Heals Inc.

Graybill wanted to start a non-profit to help individual communities support themselves and fight their own issues. He decided that rallying around women in those communities would be the most effective way to bring aid and support to vulnerable members.

Pink Heals’ volunteers drive pink fire trucks through the communities they are working in. These trucks are reflective of Graybill’s past firefighting career and a call out to men to get involved in an organization that focuses on women.

“I went after firefighters and policemen to get men involved,” said Graybill. He added that Pink Heals offers men a chance to show themselves as sensitive and loving.

Some organizations that have always been dominated by men have started campaigning and fundraising to support women’s issues.

Many men’s professional sports teams and organizations have been raising money and awareness for women’s health by wearing pink and auctioning off pink equipment for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mother’s Day.

The NFL throws its support behind breast cancer treatment and prevention with their campaign, "A Crucial Catch". This campaign operates "in partnership with the American Cancer Society [and] is focused on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older," according to NFL.com.

With much encouragement from the public, the NFL has also started fighting against sexual assault and domestic violence.

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Great post, thank you so much! 

I think it's fantastic how so many men are helping to support women with their health and that these kinds of diseases (breast cancer and reproductive cancers) are no long "women's issues" and not talking about by men. 

Women are wives and girlfriends, daughters and mothers - sisters, cousins, aunts, nieces, grandmothers and friends. We matter to men and it's great to see the support.

With regard to the NFL - and I only speak for myself- they are showing their support due to public pressure only.  The actions of so many athletes against women, from rape to beatings to murder, have finally forced them to talk about it. Their behavior has long been an accepted and condoned (and hushed up) so I'll keep my support for them on the back burner until they really walk the walk. I appreciate what they are doing but it's early days yet. 

Again, thank you so much for this refreshing post!



February 6, 2015 - 4:29pm
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