July 2005

CABWHP 11th Anniversary Gala "Women Who Dared: Our Legacy and our Future"

On June 2, 2005 the California Black Women's Health Project (CABWHP) honored "Women Who Dared" during our 11th Anniversary Breakfast Gala & Silent Auction held at the prestigious City Club on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles.

Nearly 200 attendees gathered at the City Club to pay tribute to the accomplishments of four "Women Who Dared": Ananda Lewis (Co-host 100.3 "The Beat" & The Insider), Paula Madison (President & General Manager, NBC4), Juanita Watts, MD (Regional Coordinator for Women's Health, Kaiser Permanente) and Laura Wiltz, PhD (Founding Emeritus Board Member, The California Endowment). Beginning with a personal story of a friend's battle with HIV/AIDS, Gala emcee Rachel Boesing (Today in LA weather forecaster, NBC4) set the tone for publicly honoring these four women for their outstanding accomplishments, commitment to improving Black women's health, and service to the Black community.

Cosmetics, Cancer, and Reproductive Toxicity

Black women have the highest mortality rate from breast cancer and have high rates of cervical cancer. For Black women to have control over our reproductive health, it is important to focus on preventative measures such as regulating our environmental and personal exposure to chemicals known to be linked to cancer and birth defects. Many cosmetic ingredients and personal care products contain phthlates, a compound named a "reproductive toxin" by the National Toxicology Program (NTP).

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