Women’s rights groups, disappointed with Marjorie Williams’ April 11 column that implied women’s rights groups are unconcerned with the serious issue of women and smoking, united their voices in today’s Letter to the Editor section of the Washington Post. In addition to the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Society for Women’s Health Research, OWL – the voice of midlife and older women, and the National Council of Women’s Organizations wrote letters expressing their firm commitment to educating women about the dangers of smoking. These groups also stated their organizational policies against accepting tobacco-related donations, in contrast to William’s sweeping accusations.
Read the Feminist Majority Foundation’s response to Williams’ column as well as the response of other organizations.
Read William’s April 11 column: “This Kills Women, Do feminist groups even care?”
Read the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report Women & Smoking.