Women of Color

How Do We Disrupt the Incredible Burden of COVID-19’s Impact on Communities of Color?

By M. Isabelle Chaudry | Jul 6, 2020 | Comments Off on How Do We Disrupt the Incredible Burden of COVID-19’s Impact on Communities of Color?

Long-standing systemic inequalities including racism and inadequate access to care have led to unconscionable health disparities during the pandemic.

Congressional Hearing — The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

By M. Isabelle Chaudry | Jun 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Congressional Hearing — The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color

Statement from M. Isabelle Chaudry, Esq., Senior Policy Manager, National Women’s Health Network: House Ways and Means Committee

What Do Racial Health Disparities Look Like During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

By NWHN Staff | Jun 11, 2020 | Comments Off on What Do Racial Health Disparities Look Like During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

According to the CDC, the disproportionate burden of coronavirus felt by communities of color can be attributed to numerous structural factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: working conditions for essential workers, a lack of paid sick leave, and uninsurance. About a quarter of the Latinx and Black populations in the United States are employed in the service industry, compared to 16% of the White population.

Rx for Change: Skin Lightening

By NWHN Staff | Feb 26, 2020 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: Skin Lightening

Skin lightening — also called skin whitening or skin bleaching — is the practice of using cosmetics to either reduce the appearance of age spots and/or discoloration or to change one’s natural complexion.[1] Skin lightening cosmetics include bleaching creams, soaps, and pills that contain compounds designed to inhibit melanin production and thereby lighten skin.[2]

Unregulated Cosmetics, Eurocentric Beauty Standards, and the Effect on Black Women’s Health

By M. Isabelle Chaudry | Jun 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Unregulated Cosmetics, Eurocentric Beauty Standards, and the Effect on Black Women’s Health

Cosmetic manufacturers have a legal responsibility for the safety and labeling of their products, but many cosmetic products marketed and sold in the U.S contain toxic chemicals. These unsafe, unregulated products pose unique risks to Black women.

Removing Barriers to Voting Is Essential to the Advancement of Women’s Health

By NWHN Staff | Nov 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Removing Barriers to Voting Is Essential to the Advancement of Women’s Health

Women’s suffrage has been an essential factor in the advancement of women’s rights, including abortion, contraception, health care coverage, and protections against discrimination in the workplace. It is no surprise that women’s voting rights, and voting rights in general, still take center stage among feminists and civil rights activists.

Oral Health Is a Women’s Health Issue

By NWHN Staff | Aug 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Oral Health Is a Women’s Health Issue

Oral health is essential throughout a woman’s life, and particularly during pregnancy. But far too many women, especially low-income women and women of color, lack access to comprehensive and affordable dental insurance.

Model Minority Mutiny

By NWHN Staff | May 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Model Minority Mutiny

Throughout my life, there has been an expectation of perfection. Grades, tests, careers, relationships; everyone expected it all to meet a certain standard. I had fallen victim to the model minority myth.

One Year Later, Women’s March Still Needs to Center Marginalized Voices

By NWHN Staff | Jan 22, 2018 | Comments Off on One Year Later, Women’s March Still Needs to Center Marginalized Voices

Last January, over 5 million people participated in the worldwide protest we know now as the 2017 Women’s March, with a half-million of them marching right here in D.C.

Women’s Health: Unequal for Too Long

By NWHN Staff | Sep 1, 2014 | Comments Off on Women’s Health: Unequal for Too Long

Communities of color continue to face substantial cultural, social, and economic barriers to obtaining quality health care and achieving equitable health outcomes. Many of these racial and ethnic health disparities disproportionately impact women.