Women's Health

This category includes information on women’s health status, utilization of services, health insurance coverage, family planning and childbirth, and abortion statistics and policies. Also view State Profiles for Women’s Health, an interactive map and dashboard of the latest national and state-specific data on women’s health, including insurance and Medicaid coverage, poverty, mental health, HIV, cancer, pregnancy, abortions, and use of preventive services. Many indicators provide health care information for women of different racial and ethnic groups.

Please note, the majority of health coverage data posted to this site is now based on analysis of the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). In the past, these data had used the Current Population Survey (CPS). We have replaced all previously-posted data, including data for prior years, with data based on ACS. ACS includes a 1% sample of the US population and allows for precise state-level estimates as well as longer trend analyses.

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Structural, Attitudinal Barriers Must Be Addressed To Achieve Gender Parity In Africa

Thomson Reuters Foundation: International Women’s Day: a chance to reflect on achievements and barriers to gender equality in Africa Toyin Saraki, founder and president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “…Although the general continental trend [in Africa] in recent years has been towards gender parity, there remain vast structural and attitudinal…

‘Entertainment-Education’ Can Play Role In Ending Child Marriage

Devex: Opinion: Could the entertainment industry help end child marriage? Maryam Mohsin, communications officer, and Kate Whittington, program officer, both at Girls Not Brides “…[H]ow would ‘entertainment-education’ work in practice if it were to be used as a tool to end child marriage? … This approach has all of the…

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Announces Financial Commitment For Family Planning, Reproductive Health Activities Globally

Agence France-Presse: Anti-abortion stance denies women their future: Trudeau “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vigorously defended women’s access to abortion services, saying on International Women’s Day Wednesday that they have a right to ‘choose their path, their future.’ ‘When we take a stand against abortion… we are taking away the…

Members Of European Parliament Debate U.S. Reinstatement Of Mexico City Policy

European Parliament News: U.S. “global gag” anti-abortion rule a major setback for women’s health, say MEPs “Political group speakers reacted to President Donald Trump’s reinstatement of the ‘global gag’ rule in a debate with E.U. humanitarian aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides on Tuesday. … Stylianides expressed concern over the presidential memorandum…