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I'm an OB/GYN doctor in New York— this is what I've learned about empowering women

In my 30-year career as an OB/GYN doctor in New York and a lifelong human rights activist, I developed an understanding of how all these issues affect women's lives.

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Women's rights intersect with several other rights, such as racial, economic, and reproductive rights. In my 30-year career as an OB/GYN doctor in New York and a lifelong human rights activist, I developed an understanding of how all these issues affect women's lives.

There are already many great organizations working on these issues, and they are all deserving of support. But they could be more impactful if they collaborated instead of often working in silos and competing for resources. That collaboration can also take many forms.

It can be virtual, which we are all getting better at, but often happens best when we meet in person, and we hope to get back to some of those soon.

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