You Should Know the Names of These Black Women Health Heroes

Dr. Joycelyn Elders was named U.S. Surgeon General in 1993 by Bill Clinton. Over several decades, she's been a powerful voice in public health. 

Dr. Donna Christian-Christensen, the first female medical doctor in Congress, worked to end health disparities for minorities and fight against HIV/AIDS.

 Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first Black professional nurse in America. The National Women’s Hall of Fame indicted her for work in civil rights and medicine.

Ericka Hart, who underwent double mastectomies, is a self-described "kinky, poly, cancer-warrior, activist, sexuality educator and performer."

Read more about these Black women health heroes.