On Saturday, April 6, on Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan(www.WMCLive.com), Morgan will discuss — for the first time publicly — her Parkinson’s diagnosis, and examine the disturbing fact that, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (www.PDF.org), women are under-represented in the research studies. The show will be available by podcast from the Women’s Media Center site (http://www.wmcLive.com), 11 a.m. ET.  Morgan’s guests will be Dr. Allison Willis, a neurologist who specializes in Parkinson’s, discussing the  paucity of women in the field; Lori Katz, a woman with early onset Parkinson’s who founded one of the first women’s PD support groups; and Rhona Johnson, a caregiver, on the need for a new campaign to gain government support for the caregiver population, which is overwhelmingly female.

Gloria Steinem commented, “My friend Robin is now shining the light of her intensity and intelligence on bias in the medical establishment—and also teaching us all how to turn a personal challenge into a call for action.”

An award-winning writer, feminist leader, political analyst, journalist, editor, and co-founder of the Women’s Media Center, Robin Morgan has published 21 books, including six of poetry, four of fiction, and the now-classic anthologies @mx_250Sisterhood Is Powerful, Sisterhood Is Global, and Sisterhood Is Forever.

Her work has been translated into 13 languages. A founder of contemporary U.S. feminism, she has also been a leader in the international women’s movement for 25 years. Recent books include A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999; Saturday’s Child: A Memoir; her best-selling The Demon Lover: The Roots of Terrorism, updated and reissued in 2001; and her novel, The Burning Time. Her nonfiction work, Fighting Words: A Tool Kit for Combating the Religious Right, came out in September 2006. She hosts “Women’s Media Center Live,” the radio “talk-show with a brain.”