- A Tale of Two Worlds: Fighting for Safe Cosmetics as Both a Women’s Health Advocate and a Makeup Artist
October 17, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
By Maggie Gorini
- Toxic Personal Care Products and Women’s Health: A Public Health Crisis
August 5, 2019
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 ...