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Now it’s official: Obamacare is good for women. A new study found that the Affordable Care Act has been linked to a rise in early detection for cervical cancer among young women. According to the New York Times, American Cancer Society researchers found that there has been a substantial increase in women under age 26 who have received a diagnosis of early-stage cervical cancer since the Affordable Care Act went into action in 2010 - no coincidence, as the Affordable Care Act lets children stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26. Read More
It was often thought that, because women live longer than men, it was obvious that they would have Alzheimer’s at a higher rate. However, studies are beginning to show that age and lifespan are not causing this disparity. Women make up two-thirds of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Not only that, but women tend to decline faster than men. We now know that Alzheimer’s disease, thinking problems, and memory problems are more prevalent in women than men, but we don’t know what the cause is yet. Read More
"More than 300 women have been shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death by men in South Carolina over the past decade, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse," reads Till Death Do Us Part's description.  Till Death Do Us Part—a Post and Courier photo series that took place over eight months—won the Pulitzer Prize for its outstanding work this week. Read More
Another day, another senator who does not understand how birth control works, despite wanting to pass legislation banning certain kinds of birth control. Can we get these guys a pamphlet? This time it was Sen. Kevin Lundberg from Colorado, who serves as chair of the Health and Human Services committee. He has characterized IUDs as abortion causing drugs, even though health care experts have said that isn’t true. It just...is not true. In the Coloradoan, Lundberg speaks to his point by saying: “Protecting life is a very big issue. Read More
The Food and Drug Administration had already warned against usage of the laparoscopic power morcellator because of its potential to spread hidden cancer during common gynecological procedures. Now new research has added more weight to those fears. According to the findings at the University of Michigan, one in 368 women who had undergone hysterectomies for fibroids developed an undetected uterine sarcoma. The study found that these sarcomas could be worsened with a morcellator if used by a doctor. Read More
    Yesterday, House GOP members passed abortion legislation banning federal funding for abortions. The legislation was substituted for a more strict bill that would have capped abortions at 20 week, and being pushed for by right-wingers who claim a 20-week-old fetus may feel or perceive some pain during the procedure. Though we’re glad that one was shelved (for now), the new legislation  negatively affects the health of hundreds of thousands of women—especially those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Read More
When U.K. agency Sport England found that many women are not participating in fitness activities due to fear of judgment and stigma about their bodies, they decided to do something about it: January 12th saw the launch of brilliant campaign #ThisGirlCan, which encourages  women of all shapes and body types to go out there and get their sweat on. Research by the Sport England showed that women between the ages of 14 and 40 are less active than their male counterparts—and not because “sports aren’t for girls. Read More
Gabrielle Union designed a Planned Parenthood Action Fund t-shirt to encourage women to vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 4. Many states are battling their local politicians who are attempting to put restrictions on women’s health. Union’s shirt is the second shirt designed by a celebrity, the first by Scarlett Johansson, in order to show what is at risk in the upcoming election. Upcoming celebrity t-shirt designers include Orange is the New Black stars Natasha Lyonne and Selenis Leyva. Union's shirt showcases a key issue being battled, access to birth control. Read More
If you’ve ever checked out the [ETC] category of Craigslist’s jobs section, you’ve seen them, interspersed between dog-walking gigs and ONLINE SURVEYS IN ALL CAPS: the ubiquitous call for egg donors. They’re looking for Jewish women, Asian women, East Indian and Italian women, women with blue eyes and high SAT scores. Most ads promise compensation in the $4,000 – $10,000 range, and in the summer of 2011, I was a postgrad who had just moved to New York City with only a thousand-dollar tax refund and a suitcase to my name. Read More
Young people notice. And as they grow, they internalize. But they also reflect and speak out. Lily Myers raises her voice through poetry. The Wesleyan University student was awarded Best Love Poem last April at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) for her spoken word piece, “Shrinking Women.” It’s an on-point expression of the anxieties and pressures women and girls face regarding their self-image and how it’s different from what many (but certainly not all) men and boys experience. Read More