Our Roots

On December 16, 1975, the National Women’s Health Network held its first public action when it organized a memorial service on the front steps of the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Washington, DC. Bringing women’s voices to the table to protest the hazards of estrogen drugs such as hormone replacement therapy and DES was only the beginning for the Network. Forty years ago, such protests were one of the very few ways women could get their voices heard by members of the medical and political establishments. We are happy to say, in 2015, that much has changed. The Network and other women’s health groups have worked tirelessly to ensure that women now have a seat at the table. Read more about our history here.

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Celebrating 40 Years in the Women’s Health Movement

For 40 years, the Networks’ advocacy efforts and the independent health information we provide have made a difference in the lives of millions of women. Despite our successes, however, our work is far from done. Forty years after the first protest, we still need to raise our voices to say that women’s lives matter and women’s health matters!

The National Women’s Health Network continues to work on our key advocacy strategies to challenge dangerous drugs and medical devices, raise women’s voices for the health care we need, and ensure the sexual and reproductive health rights of all women. Click here to learn more about our advocacy efforts.

As we celebrate 40 years of hard work and dedication to advance the women’s health movement, we appreciate our supporters more than ever. Here are some ways you can help support the Network:

  • Become a member
  • Support our annual awards benefit where we honor remarkable and outstanding women making a difference
  • Invest in future generations of women by including the Network in your will, trust, or annuity
  • Share our blog
  • Host or attend a local Network event