WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) introduced the Know Your Body Act. The legislation would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to create educational materials for elementary and secondary school-aged children on uterine, ovarian, and related hormonal and menstrual disorders, such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Congresswoman Williams introduced the legislation to close out Endometriosis Awareness Month. Cosponsoring the legislation are Representatives Nanette Barragan (CA-44), Emanuel Cleaver (MO-09), Lois Frankel (FL-22) and Nydia Velazquez (NY-07).
Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) said:
“I’ve lived with endometriosis and it’s debilitating pain since I was 14. As a kid, my doctor dismissed me, saying I was exaggerating. I had to do my own research on my body and find a doctor who finally took me seriously before I could be diagnosed with endometriosis. There wasn’t much information available then, and there’s barely any more today. Basic health information shouldn’t be hidden from anyone. The Know Your Body Act will help young people take control of their health and their futures.”
Megan M Stewart, Founder & Executive Director of PCOS Awareness Association said:
“Learning about uterine, ovarian, and related hormonal and menstrual disorders is critical for elementary and secondary school children. By providing educational materials to help them understand these issues, we can ensure that young people have the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.”
Click here for the text of the Know Your Body Act.
Congresswoman Nikema Williams proudly serves Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District on the exclusive Financial Services Committee. She is a champion of voting rights and builds on the Fifth District’s legacy as the cradle of the civil rights movement as co-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. Congresswoman Williams is committed to closing the racial wealth gap and ensuring the promise of America for all–regardless of your ZIP code or bank account.