Advance women’s health through science, policy, and education while promoting research on sex differences to optimize women’s health.



Make women’s health mainstream.

What we Do

  • Convene interdisciplinary stakeholders to provide expert analyses on topics related to women’s health.
  • Identify research gaps and unmet needs for women’s health across the lifespan.
  • Leverage expert analyses to create deliverables addressing needs in the areas of science, policy, and education.

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  • Translate the scientific evidence base into policies aimed at improving women’s health and health disparities.
  • Act as a source of expert guidance to policymakers on biological sex differences and women’s health.
  • Push for improved inclusion and representation of women from diverse backgrounds across all levels of science.

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  • Serve as a trusted source for information on women’s health and sex differences research.
  • Raise awareness of disparities and unmet needs in women’s health.
  • Create engaging, scientifically-driven content for diverse audiences on women’s health and sex differences research.

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View SWHR’s Strategic Framework that outlines the pillars of our work.

View the SWHR 2021 Annual Report and the SWHR 2022 Annual Report.

There is a huge gap in knowledge about women’s health.

Until about 25 years ago, essentially all health research was conducted on men. Women were actively excluded from participating in most clinical trials. SWHR is addressing unmet needs and research gaps in women’s health created by this historical bias in research and medicine.

What is women’s health research?

View SWHR’s 2021 Audit.

View SWHR’s Conflict of Interest Form.

Both sex and gender influence health across the lifespan, and SWHR strives to comprehensively address both sex and gender as they relate to women’s health. When citing research, SWHR uses terminology consistent with what is used in the cited study. As inclusive language practices continue to evolve in the scientific and medical communities, we will reassess our language as usage to promote accuracy and inclusivity. Please note that not all language will be updated retroactively.

SWHR acknowledges that there are valued groups of people that may benefit from our materials who do not identify as women. We encourage those who identify differently to engage with us and our content.