With the rise of women, people of color and nonbinary people in STEM, we are seeing more inclusive products come to market that deeply understand the diversity of bodies and health, especially via FemTech: software and technology companies aimed at addressing women’s health needs.
It’s been a little over a week since Texas Democratic state legislators decamped to Washington, D.C., in protest over Gov. Greg Abbott’s uncompromising agenda during the state’s special legislative session. Republican attempts to pass extreme voter suppression legislation are taking up the bulk of media attention—understandably. But the fight isn’t just for voting rights: It’s also about reproductive rights, which are under severe attack in the Lone Star State.
Texas state Rep. Donna Howard is one of the Democrats that fled the state. As a registered nurse and current chair of the Texas Women’s Health Caucus, Howard spoke to Ms. late last week to discuss the flawed assumptions behind the Republican push to restrict abortion access in Texas and the real-life impact of these laws on everyday Texans.
The top-ranked countries of the World Happiness Report share a high level of public investment in human infrastructure. These countries are not socialist—they simply have more women in leadership positions.
The success stories of the 2021 World Happiness Report assure us that a shift towards caring policies and public welfare is not draining on the economy but rather the opposite.
With the COVID-19 pandemic causing soaring unemployment rates and an economic recession, a federal paid maternity leave policy is even more pertinent.
45 percent of people living with Alzheimer’s do not receive a diagnosis until it’s too late. Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton and her mom Velma Wiggins know this story all too well. Groundbreaking legislation out of Illinois would require most health care professionals to receive one hour of training every three years to detect the early signs of Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s-related dementia.
Wherever they live, whatever the laws of their countries, women will terminate unintended pregnancies, so access to a safe abortion must be included in essential health care.
With new restrictions on abortion headed to the Supreme Court, many are wondering what it will mean for women if Roe v. Wade is overturned. We looked to other countries for answers.
For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.
This week: The Department of Veterans Affairs moves to provide gender confirmation surgery through its health care coverage; the U.S. Conference of Bishops plans to withhold communion from Biden due to his stance on abortion; two Americas emerge as the Delta variant spreads; a new study suggests there is no cure for aging; and more.
This week in Keeping Score: activists and DOJ defend trans rights; Senate recognizes Juneteenth as federal holiday; New York will offer gender-neutral IDs; Biden judicial nominees include a record number of women; and more.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which since its 2010 passage has granted health coverage to more than 31 million Americans, has survived another day in court. In Thursday’s 7–2 decision from the Supreme Court, the justices ruled that Texas and other objecting Republican-led states had no legal standing to bring the challenge to court.
We are facing a mental health crisis on top of all the other crises in the country. There is a widespread need for high-quality mental health services—especially for women and children.