Congratulations to Alysia Abbott for winning the Dorothy O’Connor Writing Contest with her article “Jenny McCarthy Is a Scourge of the Autism Community, Not a Crusader” published in the Dame Magazine on January 8th, 2014.
This is the second Dorothy O’Connor Writing Contest held by the Women’s National Book Association Boston, funded by the Dorothy O’Connor’s in honor of her memory. The contest honors a Boston-area woman who published an article of interest to her community in the past year. The cash prize is $200.
Alicia Abbott’s article is a remarkable piece about the influence of celebrities on medical questions, in her case of the continued debate of the connection between vaccinations and autism, started by Jenny McCarthy. Not only does Abbott sets those misconceptions right but also offers a solution to the problem: Focus on affordable therapy instead of on the tiresome vaccine argument.
We thank WNBA Boston member and immediate past Co-President Daphne Kalotay for nominating this inspiring article.
Boston Chapter News
We are pleased to announce that the Boston chapter of the Women's National Book Association now has a new board of directors. Our new board are editors, agents, authors, media experts and other literary experts who are committed to offering you an inspiring and informative series of new programs in 2015-2016!
- Co-Presidents: Amaryah Orenstein and Nancy Rubin Stuart
- Vice President: Jan Krause Greene
- Membership Chair: Katherine Flynn
- Treasurer: Morgan Hillman
- Corresponding Secretary: Chris Melchior
- Recording Secretary: Leslie Nyman
- Members at Large:
- Nicole Angeloro
- Lisa Braxton
- Maryellen Clement
- Maria Marrero
- Deborah Milstein
- Mary Wasmuth
Congratulations to them and to you as members of the Boston Chapter of the WNBA!