Disparities & Access

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.

Shroud of Silence

This award-winning short documentary chronicles the everyday struggle that was like for Afghan women and girls under the Taliban regime's brutal system of gender apartheid from 1994 to 2002.

Narrated by Carrie Fisher
Produced and Directed by Lorraine Sheinberg

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AAUW's Lisa Maatz Responds to State of the Union Address

Lisa Maatz, AAUW's director of public policy and government relations, responds to President Obama's State of the Union address.  

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Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine and Engineering

Professor Londa Schiebinger looks at new solutions in science, medicine and engineering. These solutions move beyond looking at gender bias to understanding how gender functions during the creation process.  
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State of the Union: Will Obama Deliver for Women?

January 27, 2010 posted by Kyla Bender-Baird

President Obama is all set to deliver his first State of the Union address this evening at 9pm EST. The question on my mind is will he cover issues that matter most to women? This is a President who started his term by signing into law the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (although the Paycheck Fairness Act was subsequently sidelined and forgotten, leaving the job half-done).


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Ruth Enid Zambrana, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, the Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, the Former Interim Director of the U.S. Latino Studies Initiative (2007-2009) at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. 

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The Fight For Healthcare Reform Continues - NWLC Statement

Washington, DC – January 20, 2010  The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

 

“Reports of the death of healthcare reform are greatly exaggerated."

 

NWLC Releases Online Ad To Stop Extreme Abortion Restrictions

Video to mobilize Americans to call on Congress to pass legislation that includes insurance coverage for abortion care 

Washington, DC – January 7, 2010 – Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a new video on the extreme restrictions on abortion coverage in pending legislation as part of its public awareness campaign addressing health care reform, “Being a Woman is Not a Pre-Existing Condition.” 

The video is a call to action to those who value women’s health to fight efforts by U.S. Rep. Stupak (D-MI), Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) and others who want to take away women’s abortion coverage in the new health insurance marketplace. The video calls on Americans to urge their Senators and Representatives to protect women’s health and access to reproductive health care including abortion care in the final health care bill.

Being A Woman Is Not A Pre-Existing Condition

Watch NWLC's challenge for women to make their voices heard in the Health Care Reform debate.   

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Silvia Henriquez is responsible for the overall management, fundraising and administration of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Silvia has positioned NLIRH as one of the leading organizations working to advance the reproductive health and rights of Latinas. Within the first two years of her tenure, she increased national visibility through the 2004 March for Women’s Lives and the National Latina Summit. Subsequently under her leadership, NLIRH has developed a successful organizing and leadership development training curriculum, a national policy agenda and built coalitions with state and national partners that advance a reproductive justice advocacy effort. Through her work at NLIRH, Silvia has published articles in “Social Policy, Organizing for Social and Economic Justice and Democratic Participation” and “Conscience, The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion.”

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