That's right! March is Women’s History Month! That means it is all about the women and organizations, young & old, who put in the work to sustain, build, and empower themselves and their communities. For NWHN, this means we get to pat ourselves on the back and shine a light on the almost 41 years of work we’ve done to improve women’s access to healthcare.
The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) was born out of the aspirations of five women - Barbara Seaman, Phyllis Chesler, Belita Cowan, Alice Wolfson, and Mary Howell, who wanted to evoke the power of women’s voices in influencing health policy. From this, an organization, inspired by the women’s health movement, became a force to be reckoned with in Washington, D.C. What initially started as a National Women’s Health Lobby and clearinghouse-type organization has grown to be viewed as “a strong advocate for safe, accessible reproductive health care” and “a leader in responding to campaigns, policies, and media that stereotype women and their bodies.” Not too shabby for nearly 41 years, right?
Unfortunately, misogynistic attacks on women’s reproductive health ensure that our work is never done. The energy and work that we dedicated towards Roe v. Wade continues today as we throw our support behind the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act. Introduced in July 2015, the EACH Woman Act would ensure women’s ability to access comprehensive abortion care regardless of where they live or how much money they make. As an individual organization and proud partner of All* Above All, the NWHN is committed to making sure all women have equal access to reliable health information and services, including safe and affordable abortion care.
Proud of us? Of course you are! Put some action behind that swelling of pride and support us! You can #GiveYourMoneyToWomen by donating, get involved & #ShareYourStory, or join the movement by becoming a member! What’s that you say? You need to renew your membership? We’ve got you covered too! Click here to rejoin the party! You can also follow and engage with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you! Regardless of what you choose to do, remember to show your local women and women-focused organizations how much you appreciate them.
Happy Women’s History Month!
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