This topic focuses on the ways women negotiate their physical and emotional well-being both in their personal and family lives and in relation to the public institutions that make up our health care system. It seeks to learn about how women view, care for, and project their bodies and minds introspectively and in relation to the outside world.

Ann McCarron

Founder of Voices for Children, Bike Across America

"…but I still felt the effects of child abuse.  So what I ended up doing was putting together a project ten years ago called Bike Across America --  Voices for Children, Bike Across America. I went to Assumption College, to our administrators, and I asked them to support me for this cause. And I wanted to cycle across the country to break the silence of child sexual abuse.…… And also, other victims have come up to me for the first time and told me their story.  People have called me and told me about you know ‘my Grandfather just passed away and I’ve had this secret.  And now I can finally say something’.  And I encourage victims to go from being a victim to a victor in life."

Ann McCarron was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1963. Growing up in a very Irish Catholic family, Ann lived with her parents and three brothers in a part of Quincy called ‘Houghs Neck’. Ann grew up in a loving home but when she was 7 years old she was diagnosed with rheumatic fever. While in the hospital, trying to get better, she was sexually abused by her pediatrician. Ann kept the abuse secret until she was thirty-five years old. Since then she has dedicated her life to making people aware of child sexual abuse. Ann always has had a passion for sports.

Interview Date: 
Fri, 04/18/2008
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Melanie Demarais

College Development Officer;President, Worcester League of Women Voters

You really have to give yourself a balanced view of the political situation and figure out which one works for you. We are a democracy, we have more than one newspaper, we have more than one opinion. So you need to read all of it to form your own opinion.

Melanie Demarais is a 50-year old woman who lived her childhood years in New Hampshire. After college she moved to Worcester for her job at Assumption College in Student Affairs and later in Development. Melanie has volunteered in organizations such as Girl Scouts, Chamber of Commerce, Worcester Women's HIstory Project, and the League of Women Voters. She feels very strongly about women taking advantage of the fact that we now have the right to vote. She believes that everyone should become educated in politics so that we can all make a difference. She graduated from St.

Interview Date: 
Wed, 04/02/2008
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