Stef Woods is a university professor, sexuality educator, writer, former practicing attorney, and breast cancer survivor and advocate. She teaches Activism and Social Media, Health and Activism, and Sexuality and Social Media at American University.
In December 2008, Stef began writing about relationships, sex and dating on her website, City Girl's Blog™. She wrote under the pseudonym, "City Girl," in the hopes of protecting her career as an attorney.
In 2010, at the age of 37, Stef was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has openly shared her experience with others via photographs, interviews, runway shows, panel discussions and her blog to encourage early detection and raise awareness. In 2011, Stef “came out” in the blogging world to facilitate her advocacy work.
She was profiled regarding electronic health records on HealthIT.gov and as a breast cancer survivor on Women’s Health magazine’s website. Stef has been featured on DC news and radio stations, and in numerous online publications and talk shows. She was profiled in the fourth edition of Dr. Janell Carroll's textbook, Sexuality Now, and Sibley Hospital's On Health magazine.
Stef is a frequent panelist, regarding sexuality, nonprofits, cancer, relationships, and social media. Publications include: "Sexuality and Social Media" in Momentum: Making Waves in Sexuality, Feminism and Relationships; and "Remedying the Flaws of the Temporary Protected Status Program" in Georgetown University's Writing Across The Curriculum. In 2012, Stef received the American University CTRL Jack Child Teaching with Technology Award for her use of social media in the classroom.
She received her BA from Wellesley College, her MA from Georgetown University, and her JD from American University. Stef is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT), the American Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. She is an active fundraiser for the Washington Humane Society, Capital Breast Care Center and St. Jude.
Photo Credit: Kristina Hunter, Fresca Photo.
As a disclaimer, advice posts on this blog are for entertainment purposes only.
A more detailed bio is available on LinkedIn. CV available upon request to citygirlblogs (at) gmail.com.