Dr. Lissa Rankin to Discuss Young Women’s Health Issues

Feb. 7, 2011

Event: Women's Programming Alliance and the Gender and Sexuality Center present Lissa Rankin, M.D., author of "What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend"

When: Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

Where: Glenn Maloney Room, Student Services Building (100 W. Dean Keeton St.)

Background: Lissa Rankin, M.D., is a change catalyst coach, public speaker, teacher, professional artist, workshop leader and a mom who was a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist for 10 years. She is the author of the books "What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend," "Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax," and the upcoming "BROKEN: One Doctor's Search For the Lost Heart of Medicine."

Rankin is also the founder of the online community OwningPink.com which she started in 2009 as a simple blog to document her personal quest to integrate all the fragmented facets of her life. The blog immediately caught fire with readers from all walks of life who were seeking their authentic selves and saw in Rankin a transparent, growing soul and kindred spirit. OwningPink.com has grown strongly and steadily in its first two years and now hosts more than 40 authors, coaches and healers, spawning a community of more than 70,000 social media followers and 500,000 readers.

About the Gender and Sexuality Center: The Gender and Sexuality Center, a unit of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, provides safe spaces for all members of the community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the LGBTQ communities through education, outreach and advocacy.

For more information, contact: Leslie Blair, Div. of Diversity & Community Engagement, 512 232 4621; Ixchel Rosal, 512-232-1831.