Monday, March 06, 2006

Loud-mouthed women

An acquaintance of mine wrote this story about having a stillborn baby. When I heard she was doing it, and including a slideshow, it made me feel a little uncomfortable. I guess I felt she was calling an awful lot of attention to herself. But now that I've read it, I'm so glad she wrote it. It reminded me why -- despite my support for the choice of stay-at-home mothering -- it is important for women to take public leadership roles, as writers, as elected officials.

This part, especially, drove that home:

"When Iowa state Rep. Janet Petersen was nine months pregnant in July 2003, doctors told her that her daughter Grace had died.

... She was told her daughter died of a true knot in her umbilical cord, but when she tried to find research on the problem, she was shocked at how little information was available.

In 2003, Petersen began her quest to create a national stillbirth registry. Bill 2362, which created a statewide protocol for collecting stillbirth records, passed both Iowa's House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law in 2004. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, secured $900,000 in CDC funding for a stillbirth registry project in Iowa and Atlanta."

When women lead, both women and children benefit.

1 comment:

Bert said...

You know the woman who wrote that?! It's an amazing article. Women rock. Thanks for posting this.