Reproductive Health

Reproductive health problems remain a leading cause of illness and death for women, particularly in developing countries. A leading cause of maternal death is lack of access to health services and prenatal care. Health begins with accurate and comprehensive sex education during adolescence – education that needs to continue throughout adulthood. Researchers in our network are currently working to disseminate evidence-based information and increase access to the full range of reproductive health services so that women can lead healthy and productive lives. Studies have demonstrated the advantages of comprehensive sex education compared with abstinence-only or other programs in preventing teen pregnancy, raising the age of initial sexual activity and lowering rates of sexually transmitted disease. More effort is needed to address the health needs of marginalized populations, particularly immigrant women, who are less likely to seek pre-natal and preventive screenings and care.

19th Biennial Meeting of The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

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06/02/2011 - 06/04/2011

Announcing the 19th Biennial Meeting of The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (SMCR)

June 2-4, 2011
Pittsburgh, PA
Chatham University


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sharra Vostral, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and History University of Illinois, and author of Under Wraps: A History of Menstrual Hygiene Technology (2008)

Plenary Panel Topics:

  1. Stigma associated with the menstrual cycle;
  2. Sustainable menstrual management in developing and developed countries

Information about registration and lodging (group rate for out-of-towners) at


Associated Issues & Expertise:

April 7th Coalition Rally with Planned Parenthood



This Congress was elected to fix the economy and create jobs. Instead, the House majority is working overtime attacking women's health and rights with a series of bills to end the national family planning program (Title X), bar Planned Parenthood from providing health services through federal programs, enacting new tax hikes to end private health insurance for abortion, and more.

Join the crowd as Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan take the stage with legislative leaders, allies, and celebrities as we ALL stand up for women’s health.

Health Care Reform: Don't Step Back

By Linda Basch, PhD, President, National Council for Research on Women

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law one year ago, it seemed that some legislators could hardly contain their exuberant rhetoric. They heralded, among other things, “the Civil Rights Act of the 21st century,” the completion of “the great unfinished business of our society,” and “a new day in America.”

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My Health Matters!

Stand Up and Say: My Health Matters!

The National Organization for Women – NYC is asking feminist leaders, writers, and advocates to get on board early with our My Health Matters YouTube campaign that we are launching this week, to counter the discriminatory and anti-woman agenda being proposed in Congress. We’re just rolling this out, and we need to build a critical mass of pioneering advocates to give the campaign momentum. We hope we can count on some of you to be among that group! All the details on the campaign are here. Videos can be found on YouTube. Simply search “My Health Matters.”


House Republican Spending Cuts in H.R. 1 Devastating To Women, Families and the Economy

The bill to fund – and de-fund – the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, H.R. 1, passed the House on February 19, 2011, on a party-line vote (all but three Republicans voting voted for the bill; all Democrats voting voted against it). The bill slashes funding for services vital to women and girls at every stage in their lives, from early childhood to K-12, through their working and childbearing years, and into old age. In addition, the bill prohibits the federal government from enforcing important legal protections for women.

To find out more about how H.R. 1 affects women and families, read the National Women's Law Center's Fact Sheet.


SisterSong National Conference: Let’s Talk About Sex! - Love, Legislation and Leadership

07/14/2011 - 07/17/2011

Let’s Talk About Sex! - Love, Legislation and Leadership. 

Let’s Talk About Sex! is a pro-sex space for the pro-choice movement. This fun, four-day conference celebrates our human right to a healthy and satisfying sexuality, while mobilizing participants to end reproductive oppression.

Over 1,300 women of color and allies, representing nearly 200 organizations, will gather in Miami to advance a holistic pro-health, pro-sex reproductive justice movement that celebrates family choices, sexuality, and wellness in communities of color.

Date: July 14-17, 2011
Location: Miami, Eden Roc Hotel

For more information, visit


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