• A Tale of Two Worlds: Fighting for Safe Cosmetics as Both a Women’s Health Advocate and a Makeup Artist
    October 17, 2019
    A Tale of Two Worlds: Fighting for Safe Cosmetics as Both a Women’s Health Advocate and a Makeup Artist
    Did my adolescent personal care practices affect my reproductive health? Those harsh realities still exist in today’s highly unregulated beauty industry. By Kalena Murphy Growing up, my family and I would adorn our faces and tresses by going to specialized ethnic beauty supply stores for our hair care and cosmetic needs. I always thought of these places ...
  • Sexual Harassment At The Workplace Is A Public Health Crisis
    October 8, 2019
    Sexual Harassment At The Workplace Is A Public Health Crisis
    By: Shakun Kaushal Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s trial was supposed to begin in early September. It has been pushed back to January of 2020 due to new sexual assault allegations. In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, conversations about sexual harassment in the workplace must continue as sexual harassment is a health issue.  Sexual harassment, according ...
  • Fighting Fear with Facts: What to Know About the Public Charge Rule
    September 17, 2019
    Fighting Fear with Facts: What to Know About the Public Charge Rule
    By: Gabriela Salas Last month, the Trump administration finalized a radical new rule as part of their larger attack on immigrant communities. Known as the “public charge” rule, it’s a particularly cruel and short-sighted example of the administration’s on-going attempt to limit immigration of poor brown communities, primarily from Latin America (specifically Central America), as well ...
  • TFW your tax dollars help promote an anti-birth control birth control app.
    August 28, 2019
    TFW your tax dollars help promote an anti-birth control birth control app.
      By Maggie Gorini It’s called FEMM… …and you don’t want it anywhere near your personal life. Fake clinic “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs) are aggressively pushing the Catholic Church-approved FEMM app (Fertility Education and Medical Management), a fertility tracking app promoted as an alternative to hormonal birth control that is backed by opponents of reproductive rights and health ...
  • Women Bear the Greater Burden of the Opioid Epidemic
    August 28, 2019
    Women Bear the Greater Burden of the Opioid Epidemic
    The United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic. It has been declared a public health emergency, and the US government is launching a campaign to raise awareness of this issue. But one thing such campaigns fail to acknowledge is that women bear the greater burden of this epidemic. Due to a variety of ...
  • RWV: Take Action: Congress Can Save Title X
    August 23, 2019
    RWV: Take Action: Congress Can Save Title X
    Cross-posted from our joint Raising Women’s Voices campaign Trump Rules Force Clinics to Scramble to Protect Patients On Monday, reproductive health clinics across the nation withdrew from the federal Title X program rather than submit plans for complying with the Trump administration’s radical new “gag” rule. Planned Parenthood, the largest Title X grantee serving roughly 40% of the program’s ...
  • Harmful Chemicals in Personal Care and Cosmetic Products Lead to Negative Health Outcomes for Women 
    August 16, 2019
    Harmful Chemicals in Personal Care and Cosmetic Products Lead to Negative Health Outcomes for Women 
    On average, women use 12 products containing 168 unique ingredients every day. Men, on the other hand, use 6 products daily with 85 unique ingredients according to the Environmental Working Group. Their study shows that some of the chemicals in personal care and cosmetic products have been linked to health problems, including cancer and infertility.  ...
  • Medication Abortion Should Be Available on My Campus: What SB 24 Means to Me
    August 14, 2019
    Medication Abortion Should Be Available on My Campus: What SB 24 Means to Me
    By Sophia Harrison  As a new freshman at the University of California, Berkeley in 2017, I was required to undergo a week-long orientation. Most of the activities involved icebreakers and course overviews, but one presentation in particular lingers in my mind. On the fifth day of orientation, we took a tour of the health center to ...
  • When Private Information Isn’t Private
    August 6, 2019
    When Private Information Isn't Private
    By Maggie Gorini We smartphone owners volunteer countless bits of information into the apps that rule our lives. Do we all carefully read the privacy policy for a new app before clicking the “agree” button? Probably not. Some information is hardly sensitive, from recipe searches to cat videos. Some information, however, is incredibly private: passwords, bank ...
  • Toxic Personal Care Products and Women’s Health: A Public Health Crisis
    August 5, 2019
    Toxic Personal Care Products and Women’s Health: A Public Health Crisis
    With few exceptions, current federal law does not require makers of cosmetics and other personal care products sold in the United States to get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before their products go on the market. In fact, manufacturers aren’t required to list all of their ingredients, test their products, use ...