Women’s Health Month

Women’s Health Month is observed throughout the month of May and is an awareness event that recognizes the different physical and mental concerns experienced by women and people who were assigned female at birth. From menopause to cervical cancer to childbirth, this is an important opportunity to raise awareness through educational campaigns with the goal being to empower people to prioritize their health.

Women’s health concerns can get discounted.  But 75% of new parents (especially moms) experience sleep deprivation, 23% of people that get their period need time off of work due to period-related issues, and menopause can cause significant symptoms for many women with the decreased estrogen levels also causing an increase in health risks.  Women can be a positive support to each other as they navigate these challenging health experiences.

During this month, we can also put our health and the health of women in our lives first. Whether we go in for a check-up or reach out to a friend in a time of need. 

For more resources, check out the links below:

Women’s Health Resources

Seven Facts To Know About Women’s Health | CDC

Featured Resources | National Women’s Health Network

WebMD Menopause Guide

Book: The Monopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter

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International Women’s Day

On March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day. This day is meant to recognize the cultural, political, and socio-economic achievements of women from all around the world. During this time we can remember the challenges women have overcome throughout history and bring the women’s rights movement to the forefront. 

The earliest Women’s Day was celebrated on February 28, 1909 in New York City and was sponsored by the Socialist Party of America.  It was encouraged by the women’s suffrage movement in New Zealand as well as originating from labor movements in North America and Europe during the early 20th century.  It is now a day to think about gender equality and how we can create equal opportunities for women across the globe. The 2022 UN theme for International Women’s Day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”  The goal is to highlight the contributions of women and girls around the world in promoting climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, in order to build a more sustainable future for all. (Wikipedia)

We can all come together to provide support to women who are facing oppression, prejudice, or violence. 

We can advocate for women by acknowledging the injustices they face and seeing how to create lasting change within our own communities. 

Learning more about women’s rights and the inequalities they still face today can help us to have open conversations about these topics. 

International Women’s Day is also a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women. Whether it be from iconic women figures in our society or the everyday achievements of women of our family, friends, and peers. 

We can all take a moment to think about the women in our lives who inspire us daily. 

For additional resources, you can check out the links below:

Organizations Committed To Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

IWD 2022 Campaign Theme: #BreakTheBias

#BreakTheBias For IWD And Beyond Through Your Message To The World | YouTube

International Women’s Day | Books

History of International Women’s Day

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