The female problem: how male bias in medical trials ruined women’s health

Centuries of female exclusion has meant womens diseases are often missed, misdiagnosed or remain a total mystery From the earliest days of medicine, women have been considered inferior versions of men. In On the Generation of Animals, the Greek philosopher Aristotle characterised a female as a mutilated male, and this belief has persisted in western medical culture. For much of documented history, women have been excluded from medical and science knowledge production, so essentially weve ended up with a healthcare system, among other things in society, that has been made by men for men, Dr Kate Young, a public health researcher at Monash University in Australia, tells me. Youngs research has uncovered how doctors fill knowledge gaps with hysteria narratives. …

Why do one in five home health aides live in poverty?

Employment in the healthcare industry is projected to grow, but women particularly women of color are being left behind One of the biggest challenges is explaining that you are not a maid. That your job is not to clean up after everyone, said Marisol Rivera, who has been caring for elderly and disabled clients in their New York homes for 20 years. Rivera is one of the millions of women now employed in the USs fastest-growing job sector: healthcare. Driven by an ageing population and propped up by government funds, in 2017 healthcare jobs surpassed manufacturing and retail once the two driving forces of employment in the US. And by all predictions it will keep on growing. Job growth in …

Ten years after abortion doctor’s murder, one woman carries the fight for reproductive rights

In 2009, George Tiller was shot dead in Kansas. Today, as Americas discord over abortion reaches fever pitch, Julie Burkhart is keeping the flame alive Julie Burkhart remembers all too vividly the morning of 31 May 2009. It was a Sunday and she was in a meeting in Washington DC when, shortly after 10am, her phone started buzzing incessantly with calls from her home town of Wichita, Kansas. When she got through to one of her co-workers she thought at first he was making a surreal joke. George Tiller, her mentor with whom she had worked side-by-side for the past eight years at the frontlines of Americas abortion wars, had been accosted at Sunday service in his Wichita church and …

Seriously, Meryl Streep? ‘Toxic masculinity’ doesn’t hurt men it kills them | Arwa Mahdawi

In America, men are 3.5 times more likely to die from suicide than women, and many experts say its because theyre told not to express emotions Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. a recent panel discussion about the new season of Big Little Lies the cast started talking about how many men enjoyed the female-led show; Streep then announced that we hurt our boys by calling something toxic masculinity. Women can be pretty fucking toxic Its toxic people. We have our good angles and we have our bad ones, Streep continued. I think the labels are less helpful than what were trying to get to, which is a communication, direct, …

Guy Takes Pictures Of Car License Plates Outside Planned Parenthood To Later Educate Women At Their Homes

In scenes reminiscent of the ‘morality police’ found in groups like the Taliban, a man in Tucson, Arizona has taken it upon himself to ‘reeducate’ women who visit the local Planned Parenthood office. The vigilante pro-lifer, identified as Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Emporium brought people’s awareness to Jordan’s ‘protest,’ pointing out that although local police are aware of his activities, they are unable or unwilling to do anything about it. This is a comment Jordan made himself that was also posted to the same group, it proves he’s well aware of his actions. People’s responses to Jordan’s post restore our faith in humanity somewhat, with many commenters pointing out that the work of Planned Parenthood goes far beyond abortions. They …

‘We’re in the fight of our lives’: Alabama abortion law spurs lawsuits and protests

Womens health advocates and Democratic leaders vow to fight the measure and the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide The fight to prevent one of several recent abortion restrictions enacted at the state level designed as a direct challenge to Roe v Wade, the supreme court ruling that legalized abortion across the US four and a half decades ago. Alabamas Republican governor, Kay Ivey, signed the legislation on Wednesday. Womens health advocates and Democratic politicians have promised to fight the new law, as well as the conservative-led effort to challenge abortion rights nationwide. Leana Wen, the president of Planned Parenthood, said: At Planned Parenthood we will do whatever it takes to stop these dangerous bans so that our patients …