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.

JOIN US FOR THE 33rd Annual Awards Gala

Supporters of SWHR will gather in-person, together for SWHR’s 2023 Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 to honor leaders who have significantly advanced women’s health throughout their careers.

The event will be held at the InterContinental Washington DC – The Wharf, with the cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 p.m, followed by the dinner and program at 7:00 p.m. Learn more about the 2023 Annual Awards Gala here.

DISCOVER THE Women’s Health Equity Initiative

Women in the United States experience health disparities throughout their lifespans as a result of their gender, historic health inequities in the health care system, and socioeconomic conditions. 

The new 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. The first phase of the Initiative is focused on Alzheimer’s disease, bone health, maternal health, and menopause. 

Through the creation of a unique roadmap and video testimonials, featuring caregivers, patients, and clinicians across the United States, SWHR is working to end women’s health disparities based on age, race, ethnicity, geography, and among caregivers. To learn more and support the Women’s Health Equity Initiative, visit www.swhr.org/healthequity.

EXPLORE THE Women’s Health DASHBOARD

Explore the full Dashboard at swhr.org/womenshealthdashboard.

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 – including public health data, research investment and progress, health insurance coverage, and relevant policy implications and actions. SWHR aims to bring attention to these issues, highlight current opportunities to address these disparities in women’s health, and track progress regarding science, education, and health care policy outcomes.

Five women’s health issues emerged as the focus areas of the Dashboard because they were the leading causes of death or disease burden for women, and/or they were the most disproportionate causes of death for women compared to men: Alzheimer’s Disease, Breast Cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Depressive Disorders, Ischemic Heart Disease

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 2023

PRGLAC Then and Now: Where We Are and Where We’re Going

Hosted by SWHR

The 21st Century Cures Act established the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women (PRGLAC) to advise the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding gaps in knowledge and research on safe and effective therapies for pregnant women and lactating women. The Task Force’s work culminated in a set of recommendations based on information gleaned during four open meetings and a public comment period. The central theme of those recommendations was “the…

February 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

The Impact of Menopause on Women’s Health: A Workplace Initiative

Hosted by SWHR

An estimated 6,000 women in the United States reach menopause daily, with 51 being the average age. For many individuals, the hormonal changes that take place during the menopause transition are associated with physical and psychological symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood fluctuations, sleep disruptions, and cognitive challenges. These highly variable symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed, resulting in inappropriate management and disruption of day-to- day activities. With approximately 44% of women in the workforce being older…

February 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
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The Impact of Menopause on Women’s Health: A Workplace Initiative

Hosted by SWHR

An estimated 6,000 women in the United States reach menopause daily, with 51 being the average age. For many individuals, the hormonal changes that take place during the menopause transition are associated with physical and psychological symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood fluctuations, sleep disruptions, and cognitive challenges. These highly variable symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed, resulting in inappropriate management and disruption of day-to- day activities. With approximately 44% of women in the workforce being older…

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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One event on February 23, 2023 at 3:00 pm

April 2023

SWHR 2023 Annual Awards Gala

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR’s 2023 Annual Awards Gala will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 to honor leaders who have significantly advanced women’s health throughout their careers. The event will be held at the InterContinental Washington DC – The Wharf, with the cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 p.m, followed by the dinner and program at 7:00 p.m. Business attire. We look forward to seeing you there. MORE EVENT INFORMATION To purchase a sponsorship or tickets, click here.

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
InterContinental D.C. – The Wharf, 801 Wharf Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
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WHAT WE’RE DOING

Utilization Management Policies and Autoimmune Diseases Fact Sheet

This resource explores autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases care options and related policy affects on provider and patient experiences.

Menopause Preparedness Toolkit: A Woman’s Empowerment Guide

Understanding the many changes related to menopause and being prepared for their effects can help women embrace wellness during the journey. This toolkit helps prepare individuals for life through and following the menopause transition.

Promoting Bone Health Through Policy: A Call to Action

SWHR’s first disease-specific policy agenda is intended to serve as a roadmap outlining key areas of policy needed to improve the bone health of women from childhood through adulthood.

Noninvasive Prenatal Screening Resource Guide for Women

Screening for genetic conditions can be done using a number of different methods and at different time points in a person’s life. Learn more about the role of Noninvasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) in this personal toolkit. 

SHARE YOUR STORY

SWHR is asking women to share their personal health journeys, to be posted on the SWHR website and other SWHR-branded material, as appropriate. In addition to patient stories, SWHR is interested in the stories of those who serve as caregiver for a family member (parent, spouse, child, etc.). Your story is powerful and we hope to share with policymakers, researchers, providers and most importantly, other women.

Your story could help educate and inform other women who may be going through a similar experience.

LEARN HOW TO SHARE YOUR STORY

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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.

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30
YEARS

PRIORITIZING WOMEN’S HEALTH

Since 1990, SWHR has been championing for research and policy that improves women’s health.

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WOMEN

IN FDA DRUG TRIALS 

After years of SWHR advocacy, in 2017, for the first time, women accounted for over half of research participants for approved drugs.

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SCIENCE NETWORKS

IDENTIFYING GAPS IN RESEARCH

SWHR convenes researchers, clinicians, patients and other stakeholders to effect change in overlooked areas of women’s health