Women’s Activism Saves Lives
Take Action Again: Tell Congress to invest in women’s health!
The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) was the largest preventive women’s health study ever conducted in the United States, and it benefited millions of women. It led to major advances in knowledge, providing women and their health care providers with information they could use to make evidence-based health care decisions. It also led to major advances in health, reducing the incidence of breast cancer and saving lives! As breast cancer activists recognized with the award they gave to the NWHN, there are 160,000 women who were not diagnosed with breast cancer over the last 10 years because the WHI gave them the information they needed to be able to avoid unnecessary exposure to cancer-causing drugs.
This research initiative was an unprecedented and extraordinary public health victory – and women’s health advocates, inside government and outside of it, were instrumental in making it happen. In the early 1990s, the National Women’s Health Network and others worked with women’s health leaders in the Congress to increase the nation’s investment in women’s health research. The WHI was the fruit of our efforts.
Send an email asking your Members of Congress to continue their support by:
- Increasing investment in research to develop safer alternatives to treat hot flashes;
- Including more women in heart disease prevention research; and
- Strengthening protections from misleading promotion of unproven and unsafe drugs, including better regulation of drug ads.