Who is Michelle Browder and What is She Doing?
Michelle Browder, a nationally recognized artist and activist, is bringing light to racial disparities in healthcare through art, history, and long-overdue conversations. She is the Executive and Artistic Director of the More Up Campus Capitol Campaign — which seeks to participate in the national reckoning around race in the United States by finding creative ways to honor the voiceless, the minimalized, and the ignored.
Informed decision-making was not an option for the enslaved women J. Marion Sims ruthlessly experimented on. But Michelle Browder is trying to subvert the narrative that elevated Sims to be “the father of gynecology.” Alongside artists and activists, Browder plans to honor three women subjected to Sims exploitation: Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy will be memorialized as “the mothers of gynecology,” with a 15-foot public monument in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. The goal, Browder says, is to tell these women’s stories and “shine a light on ongoing racial disparities in the healthcare industry today.”
Coming soon: the “Mothers of Gynecology” monument to honor the sacrifice of Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey, the enslaved women who were experimented on by “the father of gynecology,” J. Marion Sims.