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Society for Women’s Health Research

The Society for Women’s Health Research is the nation’s only non-profit advocacy group whose sole mission is to improve the health of women through research. The Society was founded in 1990 when it brought to national attention the problem of the exclusion of women from major medical research studies and the resulting need for greater funding for research on conditions experienced by women. The Society works to increase public and private funding for research on women’s health, promote the inclusion of women in medical research studies, and encourage the scientific examination of the basic biological and physiological differences between men and women.

Today, SWHR advocates for greater public and private funding for women’s health research and the study of sex differences:

  • Affects the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease;
  • Encourages the appropriate inclusion of women and minorities in medical research studies;
  • Promotes the analysis of research data for sex and ethnic differences; and
  • Informs women, health care providers, and policymakers about contemporary women’s health issues through media outreach, congressional briefings, public education campaigns, conferences, and special events.