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.

Wealth to Health: How it’s All Connected

By Rylee Sommers-Flanagan*

Earlier this week, my fellow intern, Courtney Fiske, reported on the findings released last month by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, which revealed a widening racial wealth gap between whites and blacks in the United States.

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Planned Parenthood Explains Health Care Reform

Over the past year, there has been so much back and forth on what health care reform should be and how it would impact women, that by the time reform was signed into law, what it actually meant was less than clear.  Fortunately, Planned Parenthood has produced a video, with the help of actress Julianne Moore, explaining what health care reform means for women:


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NWLC Fact Sheet: Women’s Lower Wages Worsen their Circumstances

American women earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.This gap in earnings translates into $10,622 less per year in female median earnings. The effect of the wage gap is even more substantial when race and gender are brought into the picture; African-American women and Latinas earn 61 cents and 52 cents, respectively, for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. Although enforcement of the Equal Pay Act as well as other civil rights laws has helped to narrow the wage gap over time, it is critical for women and their families that the significant disparities in pay that remain be addressed.

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