Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Many of the health challenges faced by women are a result of insufficient access to basic prevention information, health services and insurance coverage. In the pharmaceutical and health industries, the gender dimensions of diseases and treatments are often overlooked in setting research priorities and developing new products. The availability and quality of health care may vary according to race, income, ability, geographic location or immigration status. In the U.S., finding affordable health insurance is particularly challenging for women, who often pay higher premiums than men. Many insurance companies fail to cover or provide adequate maternity care or essential reproductive health services. Additionally, women experience more part-time and interrupted jobs and careers due to caregiving and family responsibilities and require portable health plans that provide stable coverage.

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By Melissa StevensonAs an ever-growing proportion of state budgets and the second biggest state expenditure after education, Medicaid presents itself...
By Kyla Bender-BairdThis week has been National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week. All week I've been keeping my eye open for a fact to feature in...
By Linda Basch, PhD, President, National Council for Research on WomenWhen the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law...
In this video, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius answers questions on how the Affordable Care Act will increase access to...


  • Clinton Speaks on Women and Girls at Afghan Conference/Remarks at the International Conference on Afghanistan

  • SIROW Researcher to Speak at Congressional Briefing

  • Statement of Cecile Richards, President of PPFA on the Executive Order of the President on Abortion and Health Care Reform

  • Sarah Degnan Kambou Named Interim President of ICRW

  • Call for Proposals: Conference on Health of Women with Disabilities

    Call for Proposals: Deadline July 8, 2011

    Inequity to Equity: Promoting Health and Wellness of Women with Disabilities
    October 17-18, 2011 in...