The Metriarch Collaborative was thrilled to present Lady Charts, our biannual women’s health data jam. In 2021, we discussed women’s health beyond the box. This digital conference stretched far beyond dialog confined to the lower half of the female anatomy, dove into discussions of how the pandemic has disrupted reproductive health access, explored evolving definitions of health equity, and featured seminars on how activism has always played a vital role in advancing women’s health.
We opened and closed with special keynote presentations by the iconic reproductive rights activist Dr. Loretta Ross, and health equity trailblazer, Dr. Joia Crear-Perry. Check out their bios below.
Loretta Ross is an award-winning, nationally-recognized expert on racism and racial justice, women’s rights, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how intersectionality can fuel transformation. She has co-written three books on reproductive justice, and her current book, Calling in the Calling Out Culture, is forthcoming in 2021.
She was a co-founder and the National Coordinator, from 2005 to 2012, of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a network of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement.
Joia Adele Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG is the Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative. Dr. Perry is most known for her work to remove Race as a risk factor for illness like premature birth and replacing it with Racism.
Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Birthing Project, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Jefferson Community Healthcare Center and as the Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department where she was responsible for four facilities that provided health care for the homeless, pediatric, WIC, and gynecologic services within the New Orleans clinical service area.