Women Who Inspire Us: Roma Guy

portrait of Roma Guy

National Women's History Month honoree 2018

You may have seen When We Rise, ABC's miniseries on the history of the LGBT rights movement. If so, you've seen part of Roma Guy's story. A social justice activist and policy leader, Guy moved to San Francisco with her partner Diane in the 1970s, and joined the women's and LGBT rights movements. 

This month, we join the National Women's History Project in honoring Roma Guy as part of National Women's History Month. We're inspired by Guy because her work on behalf of women had an important focus on public health. 

As a Peace Corps volunteer and training director in West Africa, she spent nine years working in health education and literacy. She has since spent decades involved in advocating for public health policy change in the United States. Specifically, Guy has focused on protecting girls' and women's health, reproductive justice, HIV care and universal health care. 

Several organizations she co-founded are still thriving today, including The Women's Building, a women-led community space that advocates for self-determination, gender equality and social justice, and La Casa de las Madres, San Francisco's first shelter for battered women.