The best science, stories, and strategies related to this month’s national health themes. Check back throughout the month for new additions. 

In August, the Network Celebrates...

National Breastfeeding Month

Breastfeeding has health benefits for both mothers and babies. Not only does breast milk provide a baby with ideal nutritional supports, breastfeeding can also help protect baby and mom against certain diseases. Learn more below.  

Summer Sun Safety Month 

Spending time outside is a great way to stay active, reduce stress, and get that crucial vitamin D – but outdoor activity also comes with risks, especially in the hot summer months. Read on to learn how to protect yourself from skin cancer, heat exhaustion, and more. 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination

According to the CDC, approximately 79 million people are currently infected with HPV, and most people will be infected by at least one type of HPV at some time in their lives. HPV can cause cancers later in life – but there are vaccines available that can greatly reduce the chances of this. Learn more below.   

Maternal Vaccines: Part of Healthy Pregnancy

According to the CDC, certain vaccines are safe and recommended for women before, during, and after pregnancy to help keep them and their babies healthy. Learn more below.  

Women’s Equality Day

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, and though women have made great strides, we are still far from equal, especially when it comes to access to high-quality health care. Learn more below.   

  • More on Women’s Equality Day – The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, ensures voting rights for everyone regardless of gender. Today, Women’s Equality Day celebrates the achievements of women’s rights activists and reminds us of the unique daily struggles that women face. Learn the history of the day and tips for observing here. 
  • The White House’s National Strategy on Gender Equity – President Biden established the White House Gender Policy Council at the start of his term, and charged it with leading the development of this strategy. Read what the council has been up to here.  
  • Introducing the Global Gender Gap Report – The Global Gender Gap Index annually benchmarks the current state and evolution of gender parity across four key dimensions (Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment). Explore the report here. 
  • The Best and Worst States for Women – Based on 25 indicators of living standards like median earnings, access to preventive health care, and the female homicide rate. Read wallethub’s analysis here.   
  • The Gender Pay Gap in 2023 – The gender pay gap refers to how much women are paid compared to men. The gap has narrowed in the past eight years, but we still have a long way to go.  
  • 16 Women Throughout History who Famously Fought for Equality – Some you’ve probably heard of – and others we can almost guarantee will surprise you.