Two top executives at Susan G. Komen for the Cure have announced their resignation, amid reports that the breast cancer charity is struggling to raise money and repair its reputation after its decision to defund Planned Parenthood and subsequent reversal.
Katrina McGhee, Komen's executive vice president and chief marketing officer, privately announced several weeks ago that she will be stepping down on May 4, and Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of Komen's New York City affiliate, announced her resignation on Tuesday. Both cited "personal" reasons and declined to elaborate.
I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you. Worse yet, it seems Nancy Brinker has not yet come to terms with the harm she has done to her foundation:
A Komen insider told HuffPost that "employee morale is in the toilet" since Komen leadership made the controversial decision to defund Planned Parenthood, one of the nation's most prominent women's health and family planning organizations. The move was led by anti-abortion executive Karen Handel, then Komen's senior vice president for public policy, who has since resigned.
"Brinker [is] in complete meltdown," the source wrote to HuffPost. "People want her to resign but she won't."
Brinker did not respond to a request for comment.
I feel for the employees. My morale has been a bit in the toilet too, particularly since the Komen Foundation move was just one volley in a frontal assault against women. The unending, grinding efforts to strip women of their rights and turn them back into chattel is, well, enough to cause a meltdown. It's just a pity that in this case, it was by a woman who claimed to care about women's health.
[h/t Daily Kos]