- Model Minority Mutiny
May 31, 2018
By Maddy McKeague
Throughout my life, there has been an expectation of perfection. Grades, tests, careers, relationships; everyone expected it all to meet a certain standard. I had fallen victim to the model minority myth. The model minority myth is the false notion that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) just naturally succeed and have somehow overcome ...
- Crossing the Intersection of Immigration and Reproductive Justice
May 3, 2018
By Negar Esfandiari and Maddy McKeague
When we think of reproductive justice, our minds tend to gravitate towards subjects like abortion rights, maternal health, and access to birth control. In Trump’s America, it’s become easy to manufacture divisions among different advocacy issues simply because everyone is fighting to make their communities visible in the face of ...
- We’re Still Here: Why the HHS Censoring Women’s Health Matters
April 6, 2018
By: Negar Esfandiari
The internet is a big part of healthcare in the current moment. If you have a sore throat, you might check WebMD for symptoms of strep throat or a cold. Upon finding a new mole, maybe you’ll take to Google to determine whether or not you should show it to your doctor. Or ...
- The Fake News Behind Fake Health Centers
March 19, 2018
Written by Maddy McKeague, with NWHN research by Negar Esfandiari
Imagine you are walking along a road, trying to find a pregnancy clinic. You are looking for the one you found online, the one that promised free services and counseling surrounded by soft colors and pictures of kind-looking women. You stop between Hartford GYN Center and ...
- Restoring Life or Restoring Obstacles: Pence’s Battle Against Legal Abortion
March 8, 2018
By Communications Intern Negar Esfandiari
At a luncheon for anti-abortion organizations in Nashville last month, Mike Pence declared that legal abortion would end “in our time.” This shouldn’t come as a surprise since the Trump administration has been working hard to dismantle access to reproductive health care for millions of people. But Pence’s comments have spurred ...
- The Threats We Know (and the Ones We Don’t)
February 26, 2018
By Policy Intern Maddy McKeague
On February 14th, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida became the ninth mass shooting of the past 12 months and the 290th school shooting since the tragedy of Newtown.
A week later, with students from Parkland watching, Florida lawmakers rejected a motion to even consider a bill that would ban ...
- Red tape: The next GOP plan for gutting health care
February 6, 2018
Thanks to last year’s grassroots uprising, Republicans in Congress have signaled this month that they don’t have the appetite for another bruising legislative fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act or gut Medicaid. If that holds true, it’s great news for women. But that doesn’t mean we can breathe a sigh of relief quite yet.
- Knock Knock, Who’s There?: The Revolving Door Between Big Pharma and the Government
February 2, 2018
By NWHN Communications Intern Negar Esfandiari
The first year of the Trump presidency has brought an almost endless slew of scandals, resignations, and exposés. It often feels like we’re watching reality TV, and sometimes it seems like we no longer even expect qualified government officials to ensure that women have the health care access and autonomy ...
- One Year Later, Women’s March Still Needs to Center Marginalized Voices
January 22, 2018
By Negar Esfandiari
Last January, over 5 million people participated in the worldwide protest we know now as the 2017 Women’s March, with a half-million of them marching right here in DC. Fired up and itching to speak out against the atrocities of the man who had been inaugurated the day before, the city’s streets were ...
- The Power of Protection: Why the FDA’s Policy on Female Condoms Matters
January 12, 2018
By Eliana Kosova
A few weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal that would update the single-use female condom to a Level II classification, and rename it the “internal condom.” Following FDA procedures, they opened the proposal up to comments.
Here at the NWHN we were thrilled, since we’ve been making our voices heard, ...