Women's Health and anti-domestic violence advocate Barbara Seaman died of lung cancer last Wednesday at her Manhattan home. Seaman is best known for her groundbreaking book about oral contraceptives, The Doctors' Case Against the Pill, one of the first published tomes about risks like depression, blood clots, and heart attacks. According to the NY Times, Seaman's book "[inspired] a generation of women, who had long been discouraged by male doctors from asking too many questions, to take control of their health care," and it also was the impetus for 1970 senate hearings on the safety of the pill. In later life, the so-called "Ralph Nader of the pill" was a vocal spokesperson against domestic violence. (Seaman herself had suffered abuse at the hands of one of her ex-husbands.) [New York Times]