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  Mollie Wallick
  Advocate for Gay & Lesbian Rights
  New Orleans WWD Event 2005
 
  Transformed the climate for gays & lesbians in academic medicine
 
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Mollie Wallick was reared in the New Orleans Orthodox Community. Her successful experience with a handicapped child while Director of Communal Hebrew Nursery School led to an invitation to join the LSU Medical School Department of Psychiatry, as Educational Director of the Therapeutic Nursery School. After several years as a therapist with autistic children, Mollie's assignment at the Medical School changed to medical student education and counseling.

While counseling an isolated gay student, Mollie discovered her life's mission as an advocate for gays and lesbians. Since then, her work has been tireless: her activism, teaching, and writing effectively transformed the climate for lesbians and gays in academic medicine. An address she gave before the New Orleans City Council helped influence the Council to extend rights to gays in housing, public accommodations, and the workplace. She tries to increase tolerance and understanding of lesbians and gays in every environment she contacts—from the university to the synagogue. She says, "A core tenet of Judaism is welcoming the stranger. My hope is to broaden awareness, openness, and full acceptance of gays and lesbians in our community of faith."

Married for 58 years to the late Mervin Wallick, Mollie is the mother of three and grandmother of six. She credits the influence of her maternal grandfather, an honorary gabai-for-life at the Orthodox synagogue, with instilling her humanist values. She views the secret to being a passionate activist for gay rights as being a caring person who genuinely values differences in people.

 
What She Said  up to top
ON JEWISH VALUES
I think that a tenet of Judaism is accepting the stranger, and I see this as a demonstration of that. Judaism certainly supports human values, and accepting gays is certainly a demonstration of that. ...More 
ON FAMILY UPBRINGING
I recall my childhood as a happy one... ...More 
ON ROLE MODELS
My grandfather was a very important person in my life. ...More 
ON BEING A WOMAN ACTIVIST
Being a woman probably facilitated my work as an activist in gay rights... ...More 
ON PATH TO ACTIVISM
The secret to being a passionate activist is... ...More 
ON IMPACT ON WORLD
One of the things for which I was most proud was... ...More 
 
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Articles, Brochures, other papers Papers 

Selected journal articles on GLB issues by Mollie Wallick

Catalog page from the bulletin of the LSU Medical Center in 1994-95, stating for the first time that sexual orientation was listed in the equal opportunity statement

Essay by Mollie Wallick, "One Winner\'s Reflections on the Pfizer Award"

Letter accepting Wallick\'s article "Homophobia and Heterosexism: Out of the Medical School Closet" for publication in the Journal of the North Carolina Medical Association

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How to Cite This Page
For a bibliography: Jewish Women's Archive. "JWA - Women Who Dared - Biography Mollie Wallick." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/bio.jsp?personID=pmwallick>.

For a footnote: Jewish Women's Archive, "JWA - Women Who Dared - Biography Mollie Wallick," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/bio.jsp?personID=pmwallick>.