Women have unique health needs, and most diseases and conditions affect women differently than men.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is the thought leader in promoting research on biological sex differences in disease and improving women’s health through science, policy, and education. We are making women’s health mainstream.


Work that matters

Biological differences between the sexes exist, from a single cell to the entire body. SWHR is bringing attention to sex and gender differences in health and disease in order to address unmet needs and research gaps in women’s health.


UPCOMING SWHR EVENTS

Join us for expert conversations on women’s health research and care, hosted by SWHR and featuring SWHR leaders.

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February 2024

Getting at the Heart of Needs in Women’s Heart Health

Hosted by SWHR

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease—which refers to several types of heart conditions—is the leading cause of death in both women and men in the United States. Heart disease is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and it has a great economic toll on individuals, families, and society. Yet, despite the health and economic impacts of heart disease, there are persistent challenges in the United States when it comes to research gaps in women’s heart health and in…

February 29 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EST

March 2024

SWHR Policy Advisory Council Meeting

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR’s Policy Advisory Council will meet for its quarterly closed-door meeting. Council members will have an opportunity to work collaboratively to develop policy positions, promote research, and create materials designed benefit women’s health.

March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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One event on June 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm

One event on September 18, 2024 at 12:00 pm

One event on December 4, 2024 at 12:00 pm

April 2024

SWHR 2024 Annual Awards Gala

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is excited to announce the 2024 Annual Award Gala will be held in the newly renovated National Museum of Women in the Arts. After being shuttered for over two years, NMWA recently reopened to the public.

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC, Washington, DC 20005
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May 2024

VCU Health of Women 2024 | Emerging Topics in Women’s Health: Autoimmune Disease Challenge

Hosted by SWHR

Join us for the VCU Health of Women Conference 2024 SWHR Pre-conference Symposium! This symposium will discuss the impacts of autoimmune diseases on women’s health across the lifespan, with special emphasis on pregnancy and maternal health, caregiving/parenting.

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

June 2024

SWHR Policy Advisory Council Meeting

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR’s Policy Advisory Council will meet for its quarterly closed-door meeting. Council members will have an opportunity to work collaboratively to develop policy positions, promote research, and create materials designed benefit women’s health.

June 26 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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One event on June 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm

One event on September 18, 2024 at 12:00 pm

One event on December 4, 2024 at 12:00 pm

September 2024

SWHR Policy Advisory Council Meeting

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR’s Policy Advisory Council will meet for its quarterly closed-door meeting. Council members will have an opportunity to work collaboratively to develop policy positions, promote research, and create materials designed benefit women’s health.

September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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One event on June 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm

One event on September 18, 2024 at 12:00 pm

One event on December 4, 2024 at 12:00 pm

December 2024

SWHR Policy Advisory Council Meeting

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR’s Policy Advisory Council will meet for its quarterly closed-door meeting. Council members will have an opportunity to work collaboratively to develop policy positions, promote research, and create materials designed benefit women’s health.

December 4 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
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One event on June 26, 2024 at 12:00 pm

One event on September 18, 2024 at 12:00 pm

One event on December 4, 2024 at 12:00 pm

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WHAT WE’RE DOING

The Women’s Health Equity Initiative

The Women’s Health Equity Initiative highlights statistics on women’s health in the United States and aims to engage communities on solutions to improve health equity across multiple disease states, conditions, and life stages. SWHR newly added lupus as a focus area to the Women’s Health Equity Initiative Dashboard in May 2023!

To learn more, visit www.swhr.org/healthequity.

The Women’s Health Dashboard

The SWHR Women’s Health Dashboard offers a platform to explore the latest national and state data on diseases and health conditions that have significant impacts on women’s health across the lifespan. Five women’s health issues emerged as the focus areas of the Dashboard: Alzheimer’s Disease, Breast Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Depressive Disorders, Ischemic Heart Disease.

Explore the full Dashboard at swhr.org/womenshealthdashboard.

SWHR’s Latest Endometriosis Resources

The Endometriosis Toolkit: A Guide For Teens  

Download a copy of the Endometriosis Toolkit: A Guide For Teens to help empower more teenagers living with painful periods and endometriosis in better understand their health and navigate their care.

Check out the Endometriosis Toolkit: A Guide For Teens now!

¡El Kit de Herramientas para la Endometriosis también está disponible en español!

Descargar una copia del Kit de Herramientas para la Endometriosis: Guía para Adolescentes en español, para ayudar a empoderar a las adolescentes que viven con endometriosis y así entender mejor su salud y orientarse en su atención.

Kit de Herramientas para la Endometriosis: Guía para Adolescentes

 

Value of Diagnostics within Women’s Health: Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Understand your risk factors and screening options in this fact sheet.

February is American Heart Month and Cardiac Rehabilitation Week!

SWHR Patient Toolkit: A Guide to Women’s Eye Health

This toolkit provides an overview of eye diseases and conditions that differently and disproportionately impact women.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month! February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month!

Flu Vaccines & Pregnancy Fact Sheet

SWHR invites you to use this fact sheet to learn how the flu vaccine protects pregnant individuals and what types of vaccines are appropriate to receive during pregnancy.

This winter is flus season! Protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu.

 

Factors Impacting Women’s Cardiovascular Health Across the Lifespan

This women’s cardiovascular health fact sheet lists the challenges and opportunities in the management of heart disease for women across the lifespan.

February is American Heart Month and Cardiac Rehabilitation Week!


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