Starting with the 1970 Pill Hearings, women let it be known that they would no longer blindly accept what they were told by doctors, the medical establishment, or their government. A women’s health movement developed, knit together by hundreds of grassroots women’s health projects in communities across the United States.
45 years later, the Networks’ advocacy efforts and the independent health information we provide have made a difference in the lives of millions of women. Despite our successes, however, our work is far from done. Decades years after the first protest, we still need to raise our voices to say that women’s lives matter and women’s health matters!
A small group of visionary women recognized the need for an organization that could function as an "action arm" of the women's health movement by directing influencing policy in Washington, D.C.
Continuing the fight
You tell things the way they are. It's the truth & not the hype. You're not influenced by advertisers, so you can speak the truth.
- ER, in South Dakota
Having Independent groups, like the NWHN that are not in the corporate pocket and are rooted in science and facts are so vital in today’s climate.
- AH, Burke, VA
Your position papers have pointed me to research studies so I could tell my doctor that I'm not using a drug or taking a screening test and here's the research that backs me up.
- SA, long-time member, Texas
You keep an eye on the subtle issues. I read your newsletter and I learn about things I wouldn't know about otherwise. You fight for women's health.
- MM, long-time member in Madison Wisconsin
As times have changed, the Network has changed with them.
Today, we place a growing emphasis on new forms of organizing in addition to our consistent watchdog work. As part of our Raising Women’s Voices project, we work with grassroots local leaders to expand health care access and ultimately, transform the way health care is provided. Women’s health is human health, women’s rights are human rights, and the fight for health equity and justice isn’t going anywhere.
We cannot continue this work without committed institutional and individual partners like you.
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