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 advancing women’s health through science, policy, and education and promoting research on sex differences to optimize women’s health. 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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June 2023

Putting Our Heads Together: Diagnostic Innovations for Alzheimer’s Disease

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR is hosting a series of public forums to share educational information about the importance and value of innovative diagnostics throughout the lifespan and across disease states and conditions. This events will discuss how to improve health outcomes for diseases and conditions that disproportionately affect women, with a focus on Alzheimer's.

June 6, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm EDT

Reflecting on 30 Years of The Revitalization Act: A Conversation with SWHR’s Founder

Hosted by SWHR

During a special conversation, SWHR President and CEO Kathryn Schubert, MPP, CAE will sit down with SWHR Founder and Board Member Florence Haseltine, PhD, MD to discuss SWHR’s role in passing the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 and the progress that has been made in women’s health research since that time.

June 9, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 pm EDT

July 2023

Menopause Wellness at Work: An Instagram Live Conversation

Hosted by SWHR

During this SWHR Instagram Live event, leaders from SWHR and Let's Talk Menopause discuss menopause wellness at work.

July 14, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

August 2023

The Impact of Menopause on Women at Work: A Fireside Chat

Hosted by SWHR

In recognition of Labor Rights Week, SWHR hosted a webinar to discuss the challenges that women experiencing menopause symptoms face in the workplace and explore strategies that employers and supervisors can implement to improve workplace environments for midlife and postmenopausal women.

August 29, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm EDT

September 2023

Elucidating Endometriosis: Persistent Gaps in Research & Care

Hosted by SWHR

Endometriosis is a chronic gynecological disease that affects more than 200 million women worldwide. Endometrial lesions tend to form in the pelvic cavity outside of the uterus, causing pain in a woman’s pelvis and back, between periods, and with intercourse, as well as heavy menstrual bleeding and infertility. In fact, 30-50% of individuals with endometriosis experience infertility.  Although endometriosis can begin in adolescence and also affect postmenopausal women, it is most commonly diagnosed in a woman’s 30s or 40s. Endometriosis…

September 11, 2023 - September 12, 2023

2023 Michigan Life Sciences Showcase

The MichBio Showcase will bring together industry professionals, thought leaders, and changemakers from all life sciences sectors with patients and patient advocates, higher education and research professionals, services providers, students, and economic development and nonprofit partners to promote industry connectivity, share best practices and emerging trends insights, explore the changing healthcare landscape, and drive industry growth. Catch SWHR at the event! SWHR will be exhibiting and presenting at the Showcase. SWHR's presentation, "Addressing Disparities Through Patient, Provider, and Policymaker Collaborations: Women's…

September 18, 2023

Addressing Sex Differences in Heart Health and Access to Care Barriers that Impact Outcomes for Women: A Policy and Public Health Approach

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR's interdisciplinary Heart Health Policy Working Group of policy experts, researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates meet to discuss policy needs and opportunities as they relate to women’s heart health across the lifespan.

September 21, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EDT

October 2023

On My Heart: Women Share Personal Journeys with Heart Disease

Hosted by SWHR

Click the image above or this link to play the YouTube video recording.   Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women (and men) in the United States, accounting for nearly 500,000 deaths in U.S. women each year. Despite its impact, a significant number of women are not aware that cardiovascular disease is a major health risk. During this joint webinar hosted by the Society for Women’s Heart Research and WomenHeart, hear from women about their personal journeys…

October 26, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Efforts to Advance Menopause in the UK: A Conversation with the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee

Hosted by SWHR

SWHR spoke with two members of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee about what inspired this report, what they discovered, how the government responded to their report, and whether there were any lessons learned that could be applied to other countries, including the United States.

October 30, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

The Role of Federal Agencies in Supporting Women’s Bone Health Early and Often: A Policy Imperative

Hosted by SWHR

Click the image above or this link to play the YouTube video recording.   Bone health is important for overall health. Bones protect the body’s organs from injury as well as store and release the body’s supply of calcium. Bone fractures can lead to decreased mobility, physical function, independence, and quality of life – and they are costly. The estimated national cost of osteoporosis, the most common form of bone disease, and related fractures is $22 billion, and that number…

October 31, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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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.

Kit de Herramientas para la Endometriosis: Guía para Adolescentes

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.

March is Endmetriosis Awareness Month!

 

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.

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Awareness Month!

Supporting Children with Narcolepsy at School

Narcolepsy can have a significant impact on a child’s academic life, so communication and support from schools are critical. This fact sheet was created to support narcolepsy caregivers as they navigate reasonable accommodations and care for their families

March is Sleep Awareness Month!

 

SWHR Policy Agenda: Improving Women’s Heart Health Outcomes Across the Lifespan

The agenda discusses policy needs and opportunities in women’s heart health. Insights for the policy agenda were informed by SWHR’s Heart Health Policy Working Group convening in September 2023.


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