March 8th, 2021 is International Women’s Day, a global day of celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and raising awareness about women’s equality.

Here at the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), we wanted to take International Women’s Day to say “thank you” to all of the incredible women on our National Board of Directors who work tirelessly to support the OAC’s mission. These women donate their time, money and expertise to help lead the OAC’s efforts and initiatives in our mission to elevate and empower people affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. And since the campaign theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge,” it’s the perfect opportunity to honor our nine inspiring women directors who pave the way with their leadership, passion and dedication.

Those women are: Patty Nece, JD – OAC ChairwomanMichelle Vicari – Immediate-Past ChairwomanKristal Hartman – SecretarySarah Bramblette, MSHL; Pam Davis, RN, CBN, MBA; Debera Gau; Nikki Massie, MA; and Melinda J. Watman, BSN, MSN, CNM, MBA.

International Women's Day 2021The “Choose to Challenge” theme is about choosing to call out bias and inequality so that together, we can all help to create a more inclusive world. Our women directors not only challenge gender bias, but weight bias as well. They are examples of how to stand up to all forms of inequality and treat people with the dignity and respect they deserve. In the area of obesity, our women directors help spearhead the fight against weight bias and stigma so that people living with obesity are not only treated with humanity and compassion, but also have equal access to healthcare, employment, media representation, and so forth. The OAC is honored to have the support of these incredible women fighting for a better world for all individuals – regardless of size, gender, race, class, etc.

Happy International Women’s Day to all the women out there!

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”