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. Learn more about the 2023 Annual Awards Gala here.
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.
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
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.
UPCOMING SWHR EVENTS
Join us for expert conversations on women’s health research and care, hosted by SWHR and featuring SWHR leaders.
Upcoming Events › SWHR Event
SWHR 2023 Annual Awards Gala
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.
PWHR & SWHR Pre-Conference Symposium From Cells to Society: Research and Advocacy to Advance Mature Women’s Health
The OSSD is proud to announce a Pre-Conference Event by PWHR and SWHR! Join on Sunday, May 7, 2023, 12 P.M. - 3 P.M. MST prior to the start of the OSSD Annual Meeting. Research has documented sex differences across a myriad of biological processes and diseases, however, the full impact of sex, gender, and hormones in areas such as cognition, heart disease, and mental health, is still not well understood. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the urgency of applying a…
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Issues Affecting Health Care Coverage and Access for Women with Autoimmune Diseases and Conditions
This policy brief highlights coverage policies, such as prior authorization and step therapy, can affect women’s health and shares how policy recommendations could improve these outcomes.
Menopause Preparedness Toolkit: A Woman’s Empowerment Guide
This toolkit helps prepare individuals for life through and following the menopause transition. Being prepared for menopause can help women embrace wellness during the journey.
Prevent Cancer with the HPV Vaccine Fact Sheet
This fact sheet guides providers in the HPV vaccine conversation and recommendation process, with tips for discussing vaccination effectively, vaccination recommendations by age, and HPV-associated cancer risks.
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.
who we are
Learn more about SWHR’s science, policy and education efforts to make women’s health mainstream.
Learn more about SWHR’s mission, vision, and strategic map.
Learn more about our science programs.
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.
Two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease are women.
Women may experience different heart attack symptoms than men.
90% of women with sleep apnea go undiagnosed.
Women often have a stronger and faster immune system response to infections than men.
Migraine is three times more common in women than men.
we’re leading the way
Together with our partners from diverse sectors, we bring attention to areas of need in women’s health.
PRIORITIZING WOMEN’S HEALTH
Since 1990, SWHR has been championing for research and policy that improves women’s health.
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.
IDENTIFYING GAPS IN RESEARCH
SWHR convenes researchers, clinicians, patients and other stakeholders to effect change in overlooked areas of women’s health