Held each spring, Champions of Choice provides an opportunity for us to honor those whose work—as advocates, health care providers, elected officials, or cultural icons—advances reproductive health, rights, and justice.
At our 2017 event, on April 26, we honored:
Teen Vogue, the destination for the next generation of influencers. We educate, enlighten, and empower young women, arming them with all they need to lead stylish and informed lives. Teen Vogue, launched in February 2003, publishes 4 issues a year, has a circulation of more than 1 million, and delivers 27 million-plus monthly impressions through a combination of print, TeenVogue.com, more than 15 social media platforms, and a robust video channel. Over the past two years, Teen Vogue has dramatically increased its coverage of American politics, providing its readers with reporting and groundbreaking analysis on issues of abortion and reproductive rights, social justice, and feminism. In an ever-changing media landscape, Teen Vogue stands out as a strong new voice for women of all ages.
Amy Brenneman, an award-winning actress, writer, producer, and activist. A founding member of the Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in original theater centered on themes of social justice, Amy created and starred in Judging Amy, based on the work of her mother, The Honorable Frederica Brenneman. Other TV: NYPD Blue, Frasier, Private Practice, and The Leftovers on HBO. Film: Heat, Friends and Neighbors, and Casper. A long-time advocate for reproductive rights, gun control, and childhood education, Amy spoke publicly about her own abortion in an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court case striking down Texas’s TRAP law restricting abortion access. For her activist work, Amy has been honored by Women in Film, The Feminist Majority, The Brady Center, the League of Women Voters, the California State Assembly, the National Children’s Alliance, the Chime Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Help Group, and the Producer’s Guild of America, among others.
Feminist Women’s Health Center, an independent abortion clinic in Atlanta, GA has sought to “put women’s health in women’s hands” by empowering clients to make the best health care decisions for themselves through legislative advocacy, community education, and direct services” since 1976. Feminist Center is committed to a vision of judgment free reproductive healthcare and access for all. In addition to offering abortions as part of comprehensive reproductive health care, the Feminist Center works to overcome barriers to services for traditionally underserved women and communities. Using an intersectional reproductive justice approach, the Feminist Center’s services and programs aim to meet the unique needs of people of color, low-income, Spanish-speaking, immigrant, refugee, and LGBTQQI clients. Services are frequently offered with sliding scale fees or other discounts since many clients are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicaid. More than a health care provider, the Feminist Center has been an advocacy leader at the Georgia state capitol for the past two decades, bringing the voices of women, all the clients it serves, and clinicians into the public debate on reproductive policy and law.
At our 2016 event, on May 10, we honored:
Amy Hagstrom Miller, the founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, has worked in abortion care since 1989. Whole Woman’s Health provides comprehensive gynecology services—including abortion care—in Baltimore, Fort Worth, Las Cruces, McAllen, Minneapolis, Peoria, and San Antonio. Two of her clinics, in Austin and Beaumont, were forced to close after Texas passed the law currently under challenge in the U.S. Supreme Court (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt). In addition to providing holistic, compassionate care, Amy is an advocate, partnering with the National Institute in Texas and Minnesota to fight for abortion access, and is the founder of Shift, a non-profit organization that builds community power to transform the political and cultural landscape around abortion and reproductive health. She is the past president of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers and the Abortion Care Network.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 900 lawyers with diverse backgrounds, personalities, ideas, and interests who collaboratively provide innovative solutions to clients’ most critical and complex legal and business challenges. Its lawyers represent the largest publicly and privately held corporations and investors in the world, as well as clients in need of pro bono assistance. Paul, Weiss is known for its unwavering dedication to representing those in need and advocating for the expansion and protection of civil and human rights. In its decades-long commitment to women’s reproductive health and justice, the firm has litigated a number of cases to protect women’s access to abortions and filed several important amicus briefs, including most recently to the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The firm’s pro bono work, including on behalf of reproductive rights, has yielded legal victories that have improved the lives of many in our community and our nation.
Amalgamated Bank was established in 1923 by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union—a union comprising mostly women—to provide banking services to low−wage workers who were refused service by other banks. Today, it is the largest majority union−owned bank in the country and an advocate for progressive social issues such as raising the minimum wage, equal access to health care, and workers’ rights. In 2013, Amalgamated provided a line of credit—when no other institution would—to the Trust Women Foundation in Kansas, a critical factor in enabling them to reopen the Wichita abortion clinic after the murder of Dr. George Tiller. That facility—as well as a second clinic opening in Oklahoma in 2016—will provide thousands of women with access to abortion and other reproductive health services with dignity in a caring, supportive environment. At Amalgamated, its core principle is that the real currency of banking isn’t dollars—it’s trust.
A Look Back At Champions 2015:
At our 2015 event, we honored Lizz Winstead, Dr. Willie J Parker, and co-creator of the film Obvious Child, Gillian Robespierre.
A Look Back At Champions 2014:
At our 2014 event, we honored Barbara Shack, Cosmopolitan, and Joanne Coles.
A Look Back At Champions 2013:
At our 2013 event, we honored Martha Plimpton, and Chicken & Egg Pictures.