A Lifetime of Advancing Women’s Health: The 6th Annual Barbara Seaman Awards

On Monday, November 18th, Network members gathered at Elizabeth’s on L in Washington, DC for the 6th Annual Barbara Seaman Awards for Activism in Women’s Health. This year’s event honored two women who have tirelessly and unabashedly advocated on behalf of women everywhere. After the death of Network co-founder Barbara Seaman in 2008, the Board of … Continued

Female Condom Program Funding Opportunities for Colleges

The Female Health Company (FHC) announces its 2014 FC2 College Health Mini-Grant Program, which supports on-campus organizations that provide health education and outreach to college students. The mini-grant program is designed to help colleges enhance, improve, and/or create FC2 programming on their campus. The application for funding in the 2014-2015 academic school year is now available … Continued

G-Spots and Sore Spots

G Spots In November, the U.S. Supreme Court helped strike down the harmful anti-choice “Oklahoma Ultrasound Act,” which forced a woman to have an ultrasound and be shown the images before she could have a medical abortion. The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case means that a lower court ruling overturning the law will … Continued

Has Your Hip Been Recalled?

When cars, baby cribs, or even microwaves are recalled because there’s a safety problem or the product doesn’t work, you can check the unique serial number on your car, crib, or microwave to immediately discover if the one you own has been recalled, or if there’s no need for you to worry. Having systems that … Continued

Listening to Our Members

At the Network, we listen to our members in many ways. We listen to you via elections — there’s a reminder in this newsletter issue to make sure your membership is up-to-date so you’ll be eligible to vote in the election this Spring. We listen to you via the Women’s Health Voice, our free health … Continued

Notice of Upcoming Election for NWHN Board of Directors

Election time will soon be upon us again: 2014 is an election year for our Board of Directors. We are excited about the nominees, and value everyone who is willing to volunteer their time for our important work. We will announce the candidates in the March/April 2014 issue of the Women’s Health Activist. All NWHN … Continued

RX Change: Hold the Statins, Stat!

New guidelines released in November 2013 by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) advised preventing heart attacks by treating cardiovascular risk factors instead of high cholesterol. Seemed like a good idea at first. It turns out, though, that the new guidelines will double the number of people eligible for … Continued


A new study supports the use of cranberry products as an alternative way to prevent reoccurring urinary tract infections (rUTI). Antibiotics are often used to treat rUTIs but, while effective, this can lead to adverse effects and future drug resistance. Cranberry juice and tablets, on the other hand, help prevent UTIs (by stopping bacteria from … Continued

Women 4 Health Care: Helping Women Get Covered

The time has finally come: health insurance marketplaces are now open for enrollment for people in every state! The NWHN fought long and hard to make sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns were addressed in health care reform efforts. Along with our excitement about Obamacare’s implementation, however, come some challenges. We are turning … Continued

Young Feminist: Genetic Segregation: The Next Frontier of American Inequality?

In May 2013, Angelina Jolie shocked the public with her New York Times op-ed disclosing her decision to have a preventive double-mastectomy. She made the choice after receiving genetic test results that indicated she carries a mutation on her BRCA1 gene that significantly increases the risk of some types of breast or ovarian cancer.1 Her candor … Continued