• Does COVID-19 Affect Women Differently Than Men? Here’s What We Know
    March 25, 2020
    Does COVID-19 Affect Women Differently Than Men? Here’s What We Know
    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
    Wash Your Hands! and Other Tips for the Coronavirus
    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.   Background Coronaviruses are a “family” of viruses that can ...
  • Why Filling out the 2020 Census is Important for Women’s Health 
    March 3, 2020
    Why Filling out the 2020 Census is Important for Women’s Health 
    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
    Conservative Courts Are Coming for Our Health Care: How We Fight Back
    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
    Dangerously Flawed Study Creates False Sense of Complacency:  Why Women Should Still Avoid Talc-Based Powder
    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
    Affordable v. Accessible: Health Care through the Eyes of Women 
    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
    The History Behind Your Birth Control 
    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
    A Tale of Two Worlds: Fighting for Safe Cosmetics as Both a Women’s Health Advocate and a Makeup Artist
    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
    Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Is a Public Health Crisis
    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 ...
  • Fighting Fear with Facts: What to Know About the Public Charge Rule
    September 17, 2019
    Fighting Fear with Facts: What to Know About the Public Charge Rule
    By: Gabriela Salas Last month, the Trump administration finalized a radical new rule as part of their larger attack on immigrant communities. Known as the “public charge” rule, it’s a particularly cruel and short-sighted example of the administration’s on-going attempt to limit immigration of poor brown communities, primarily from Latin America (specifically Central America), as well ...