Women’s Health Policy Agenda

Despite the progress in women’s health since SWHR was founded in 1990, we still have much to accomplish in order to ensure the optimal health of all women nationwide.

Now is the time to propel women’s health forward through policy action.

SWHR’s annual Women’s Health Policy Agenda outlines policies that we support across five key areas: public health, research & clinical trials, lifespan issues, coverage & access, and biomedical workforce.

SWHR is also committed to improving health equity through our work, and we will use our policy agenda as a roadmap to advance the health and well-being of all women in 2021 and beyond. We hope you will join us!

SWHR Position Statements

Policy Engagement
Position Statement: Women and COVID-19
Policies that address COVID-19 prevention, treatment, and pandemic relief must consider sex as a biological variable as well as the influence of social determinants of health, including gender.
Policy Engagement
Position Statement: Advancement of Women in the Biomedical Workforce
SWHR supports efforts that improve the representation of women and other historically underrepresented groups within all levels of the biomedical workforce.
Policy Engagement
Position Statement: Improving Women’s Health Equity
Sex and gender, race and ethnicity, identity, faith, disability status, pregnancy, socioeconomic status, incarceration, and immigration status should not impede an individual’s ability to access or receive quality health care.
Policy Engagement
Position Statement: Investment in Women’s Health Research
The federal government must support research that addresses the unique health needs of women across the lifespan. SWHR recommends continued robust funding for major federal agencies that support women’s health research.
Policy Engagement
Position Statement: Inclusion of Sex as a Biological Variable in Research
Research must take into account sex as a biological variable (SABV) in order to better understand its impact on health and disease. SWHR supports studying, analyzing, and reporting on biological sex as standard practice across all research.
Policy Engagement
Position Statement: Inclusion of Pregnant and Lactating Populations in Research
In line with our mission to ensure women’s participation in biomedical research, SWHR strongly supports appropriate inclusion of pregnant and lactating women in clinical research.