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Meet Tracye McQuirter, MPH

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is at the forefront of public policies in favor of human health and animal welfare. One of their side projects is The Exam Room hosted by Chuck Carroll, the "Weight Loss Champion", who lost 265 pounds (120 kilos/19 stones) via a vegan diet. He spoke with Tracye about her Black American experience as well as her initiative to support more women in her community.

 

Her book, By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat (2010), can also inspire conversations about intersectionality within the plant-powered movement (and in the world). Don't know what intersectionality is? Check out this eye-opening video on an important topic. We don't know what we don't know... until we do, right?

Within the plant-focused community, unfortunately women in the African, Arab, Asian, Black American, Caucasian, First Nations, Hispanic, Islander, and Latina communities are underrepresented. Factors might include strong cultural and family traditions, beloved comfort foods, food scarcity, food deserts, glass ceilings, lack of educational access, religious ideologies, methodical exclusion, and ego-resistance to intelligent change. In the link below, check out 15 more badass, truth-telling female activists who are making an impact, from animal welfare to social change. Brava.

Similar to many arenas around the globe, the WPF and vegan advocate universe is still a male-dominated world. It's clearly time to include everyone at the grown-ups table. 

Also, I deeply appreciate the male advocates who have contributed to saving my life. I gratefully absorb their courage to fearlessly speak truth to power and boldly create public health change. A special shout out goes to all the pioneers - white, educated, male doctors - who chose the road less travelled, went against conventional approaches (which they realized too often didn't cure people), and discovered that a whole plant foods diet and lifestyle can prevent and reverse most chronic diseases. Many are also positively influencing medical schools and institutions which haven't embraced nutrition studies (yet). These men are admirable Cookhouse Heroes who are saving lives, saving animals, and saving the world. Bravo. 

Female Factoids: many women around the globe have had the right to vote for over a century. It's quite hard to comprehend that before then, too many lived in the dark. It's also a horrendous reality that some women still don't have this inalienable right, and live at the mercy, or lack thereof, of men (for example: globally, approximately 50% of women have obstacles in regards to property ownership and/or property inheritance). Let's not allow another hundred years to pass without finally including everyone at the table in medicine, politics, education, research, technology, engineering, business, sports, and the arts.

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