Fairfax, Virginia – February 19, 2020 – Yesterday, Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University presented the Women Orthopaedic Global Outreach surgeons with the 2020 Sojourner Truth Award.
The Sojourner Truth Lecture is more than a lecture; it is also an award. The Sojourner Truth award is given annually to a Black woman whose work embodies the principles of Sojourner Truth through art, scholarship, activism, and contributions to public life.
In 2017, George Mason University expanded the Sojourner Truth Award to recognize local organizations whose work is rooted in
the principles of Sojourner Truth. This year the WGST committee selected WOGO to receive the 2020 Sojourner Truth Local Activist Award. WOGO’s mission to empower, educate, and engage women around the world embodies the spirit of Sojourner Truth.
Sojourner Truth was an African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. She devoted her life to the abolitionist cause and helped to recruit black troops for the Union Army. Although Truth began her career as an abolitionist, the reform causes she sponsored were broad and varied, including prison reform, property rights and universal suffrage.
“Our team is proud of the work we do to restore mobility to those in need of joint replacement surgeries in locations where it is difficult or impossible to receive this treatment,” said Dr. Rinelda Horton, WOGO Surgeon. “We are also proud to be a diverse and inclusive team who work together seamlessly to make the world a better place, one person at time.”
Women Orthopaedist Global Outreach (WOGO) is a not-for-profit volunteer medical service organization led by female orthopedic surgeons. They have seen first-hand the power of joint replacement surgery to transform the lives of those who suffer from arthritis, the most disabling chronic disease in the world.
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