Barbara Brenner, Breast #Cancer Iconoclast, Dies at 61 - NYTimes
Ms. Brenner championed causes for most of her adult life, protesting the Vietnam War as a college student and working on women’s rights, civil rights and employment discrimination as a lawyer. She became Breast Cancer Action’s first executive director in 1995, two years after undergoing treatment for the disease and a year before it recurred.
Ms. Brenner led the group until 2010, when illness forced her to retire. During the 15 years of her leadership, the group increased its membership to 50,000 from 3,500 and intensified its focus on demanding research into the causes of breast cancer, particularly links to #environmental pollutants like chemicals in food and the water supply, an area of research rife with unreliable data.
Ms. Brenner was among the first to question what she called the “#pinkwashing” of America: the proliferation of pink ribbons and products carrying labels stating that part of the purchase price would go to breast cancer research.
[Her partner] Ms. Lampert said, “I always told her that I would make sure her obituary said she died after a long battle with the breast cancer industry.”
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