May is for Wellness

Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes  

WASHINGTON– In addition to celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, May is also full of observations focused on physical and mental well-being.  

As activists invested in the long-term fight for women’s equality, we are only as effective as our bodies and minds will allow, so it is imperative that we take the time and space needed to care for ourselves. Self-care is not selfish, it is a form of resistance. From International Maternal Health Month to World Ovarian Cancer Day, this month serves as an important reminder that health and wellness are intersectional. 

Beyond caring for ourselves, we must also remember that we are fighting to ensure all women have equitable access to the health care they need. Every woman deserves to feel empowered to re-claim her strength through mental and physical healing.  

I hope you’ll join me in observing and raising awareness for these important issues throughout the month: 

  • International Maternal Mental Health Month 
  • Mental Health Awareness Month 
  • National Women’s Health Week (May 8) 
  • World Ovarian Cancer Day (May 8) 
  • National Women’s Checkup Day (May 15) 


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