Who We Are

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR®) is a nonprofit thought leader dedicated to promoting research on biological differences in disease and improving women’s health through science, policy, and education.

Founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers and health advocates, SWHR aims to bring attention to the variety of diseases and conditions that disproportionately, differently or exclusively affect women. Thanks to SWHR’s efforts, women are now routinely included in most major medical research studies and scientists are considering sex as a variable in their research. Read the full history.

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What We Do


  • Convene diverse scientific experts, clinicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to effect change in women’s health
  • Identify research gaps and address unmet needs in women’s health
  • Promote research on sex differences in disease
  • Bring attention to diseases that disproportionately or differently affect women


  • Develop and champion public policy concepts grounded in science to improve women’s health
  • Provide evidence-based policy expertise
  • Advance women’s health with Congress, federal agencies and policymakers


  • Serve as a resource on women’s health and sex differences research
  • Write and promote content that increases awareness of women’s health issues
  • Publish the Biology of Sex Differences online journal

Why It Matters

SWHR is correcting imbalances in health care for women by addressing unmet needs and research gaps in women’s health.