Lily Rosen Prize in Women’s Health


Awarded annually to an undergraduate in Yale College for the best essay that contributes to knowledge about women’s health. Essays may be in any field of the humanities or social, physical or natural sciences and may deal with any aspect of women’s physical or mental health.


The deadline for Spring 2024 is April 14th.

Past Recipients

2024 Jaime Levin  Unraveling Coercive Sterilization Through the Lens of Medical Professionalism: A Case Study of Germany and the US
2023 Rachel Willis  Dear Dr. Dickinson: Eugenics, Sexuality, & Pleasure in Early 20th-Century American Gynecology
2022 Morgan Baker   “Strengthening in service of ourselves and others”: Essays on Decolonization, Black Feminism, & the Rehabilitation of Wellness Work
2021 Lena Gallager  Exceptionally Vulnerable to Abuse: Native Hawaiian Women, Sexual Violence, and Settler Colonialism in Hawai’i’s Mainland Prisons, 1995-2009
2021 Gwendolyn Wallace  …stories that save our lives: Black Feminist Articulations of Sickness and Health in 1980s Fiction and Nonfiction Literature
2020 Rachel Dowe  Moving Past Roe: Changing the Conversation in the U.S. to Expand Abortion Access
2019 Mykaela Johnson When Historical Scars are Still Open Wounds: The Ongoing History of the Medical Disregard of Black Women’s Pain During Childbirth
2018 Zachary Cohen  For Bread and Roses: Economic Citizenship and Industrial Feminism in New York’s Factory Investigating Commission
2017 Laura Goetz Anemic Science: A Bio-Ethnographic Case Study on Asking Better Questions
2016 Rebecca (Becca) Bakal Making Birth Work: Empowering Women of Color through Doula Training
2015 Olivia Rosenthal The Road to Roe: Sterilization, Contraception, and Abortion in Charlotte, North Carolina, 1943-1974
2014 Gabriel Murchison Clinics, Cancer, and Children: Lesbian Health in the U.S. AIDS Crisis
2013 Jennifer Shelby Prescribing Power and The Pill: Medical Authority in the Popularization of Oral Contraceptives in the United States of America, 1957 to 1965
2013 Rachel Looff The “Dykes” Chapter: Response to “In Amerika They Call us Dykes” as a Representation of Lesbian Participation in the 1970s US Women’s Health Movement
2012 Katherine Orazem The Female Circumcision Controversy and the Politicization of Kikuyu Women
2012 Micha’le Ricara Simmons Transforming the Movement Through Reproductive Justice: The Politics of Health Equity at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
2011 Ersilia DeFilippis The Legacy of Title IX: Disordered Eating, Injuries, and Role Conflict in the Female Collegiate Athlete
2011 Rhiana Gunn-Wright Breaking the Brood Mare:Representation, Welfare Policy and Teen Pregnancy in New Haven
2010 Naomi Bland Plan B: The Collusion of the Birth Control Movement and the Uplift Movement Viewed through Works of Angelina Weld Grimke and Margaret Sanger
2009 Claire Purcell, “Change I Must”: Toward a Theory of Agency in Women’s Drug Recovery
2008 Sobia Sadat Sarmast Medicalization of Premenstrual Symptoms in the United States: 1929-1983
2007 Emma Margaret Clune “The Truth Will Set Us Free:” Pro-Life Activist Rhetoric and Anthropological Ethics in New Haven, Connecticut
2007 Morgan Gabrielle Marshall Boyfriends, Friends with Benefits, and Flings: Young Women’s Negotiation of Sexual Health and Desire in Buenos Aires
2006 Melissa Ann Donais F.A.T. Girls: An Examination of Current Policies and a Policy Refommendation Regarding the Female Athlete Triad in Collegiate Sports
2005 Mirinda A. Gillespie Childbearing in Transition: Pregnancy, Birth, and the Postpartum in the Bushbuckridge Area of South Africa
2005 Zoe Blacksin
2004 Arielle Dana Levin-Becker
2003 Barbara Allison Wexelma Battle for Control: Health Insurance, Birth Control, & American Politics
2002 Laura Danielle Smolowe
2002 Alyssa Greenwald The Peculiar Disconnect: Gender Development and Female Political Participation in Thailand
2001 Stephanie Schmid Problematizing the Vocabulary of Violence Against Women: Searching for an Empowering Language- Rape Law & the Criterion for Consent as a Case Study
2000 Kusum Sara Mathews Balancing Baby, Breadwinning, and Bob: Martial “maturity” and the effects of multiple roles on women’s health