- Should COVID-19 Impact the Labor and Delivery Process and the Presence of Support Guests?
March 31, 2020
By: Olivia Snavely
In the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect health care workers, hospitals are enacting increasingly strict policies regarding visitation. But the most restrictive edict so far has come from two New York City hospitals who announced that they would not allow any family members, including partners and spouses, or outside ...
- Does COVID-19 Affect Women Differently Than Men? Here’s What We Know
March 25, 2020
By Olivia Snavely
As COVID-19 spreads around the globe, one trend is increasingly clear: the disparity in how COVID-19 affects men versus women. Early data in Hubei, the Chinese province where the outbreak began, showed a mortality rate of 2.8 percent for men and 1.7 percent for women, despite the infection rate being evenly distributed across ...
- Wash Your Hands! and Other Tips for the Coronavirus
March 4, 2020
You’ve read about the novel coronavirus in the news but what is it and what can you do to stay healthy and safe?
March 4, 2020
By Mara Lurie and Sarah Christopherson
Editor’s note: we have updated the section on facemask usage in response to evolving recommendations from public health experts.
Coronaviruses are a “family” of viruses that can ...
- Why Filling out the 2020 Census is Important for Women’s Health
March 3, 2020
By Gabriela Salas
Every ten years the United States Census Bureau conducts a “decennial census” with the goal of counting every person in the country and where they live. The census also looks to gather information on people’s ages, income, and race/ethnicity.
The census is legally required to be filled out by everyone who is currently living ...
- Conservative Courts Are Coming for Our Health Care: How We Fight Back
January 24, 2020
Partially cross-posted from our joint Raising Women’s Voices campaign
This week we’re celebrating the 47th anniversary of Roe v Wade, one of the most significant advancements in women’s health, economic well-being, and individual autonomy in the last fifty years. As we’re highlighting the big gains we’ve made under Roe—and reflecting on the areas where its promise hasn’t ...
- Dangerously Flawed Study Creates False Sense of Complacency: Why Women Should Still Avoid Talc-Based Powder
January 14, 2020
By: M. Isabelle Chaudry and Sarah Christopherson
A new study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association made headlines for its assertion that there’s no “statistically significant” link between genital powder use and ovarian cancer. But a deeper dive into the study reveals how dangerously misleading its conclusions really are.
The study relied ...
- Affordable v. Accessible: Health Care through the Eyes of Women
January 8, 2020
By: Gabriela Salas
For the past five years, U.S. residents have listed the accessibility and affordability of health care as their top concern, according to Gallup. Going back further, they’ve reported “personally worrying a great deal” about health care since 2001. Voter concerns about access to quality, affordable health care has played a significant role in ...
- The History Behind Your Birth Control
November 13, 2019
By: Gabriela Salas
Today we’re saying #ThxBirthControl to celebrate the ways that birth control gives people the power to plan, space, and prevent pregnancy, empowering them to determine their own reproductive futures. Recognizing the importance of affordable, safe, and effective contraception in women’s lives is even more important in the face of ongoing attacks from the ...
- 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.
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 as a ...
- 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 ...