May 8, 2018

SWHR Founder Remembers Rep. Louise Slaughter

Dr. Florence Haseltine, founder of the Society for Women’s Health Research, first met Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) in 1990, while she was working with others passionate about women’s health to form SWHR. In this retrospective published May 4 in Science, Haseltine remembers the trailblazing congresswoman who fought for women’s rights.

Slaughter died on 16 March at age 88, the oldest sitting member of Congress, serving her 16th term in the House of Representatives.

“As a woman physician, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, and a scientist and researcher, I was committed to improving women’s health, but it was unusual and heartening to meet a legislator who felt the same way,” Haseltine writes in the article, which recalls the highlights of Slaughter’s career and her dedication to women’s issues.

Read the full retrospective here: Louise M. Slaughter (1929–2018)