"People ask me, 'How are you doing?' and I say, 'Pretty good for a Black woman in America,'" says Jan Robinson-Flint, a founder and the Executive Director of Black Women for Wellness (BWW).
Behind her wry smile is a world of understanding. And behind Jan's leadership, there's a line of ancestors on whose shoulders she stands. As a community organizer with a background as a health educator, Jan works for positive change both personal and political. She's pleased when a nursing mother learns through Black Women for Wellness about toxic chemicals in hair care products. She's equally pleased when Black Women for Wellness co-sponsors a new state law that bans BPA, the toxic chemical in baby bottles and sippy cups, as happened in 2011. Because African American women have lower rates of breast-feeding, their infants are disproportionately exposed to BPA and BWW members were powerful advocates, lobbying in Sacramento on behalf of their babies and grandbabies.