Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR)

Education, Health and Well-Being, Science and Technology
Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR)

Geography: United States

Founded: 1990


1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 601
Washington, DC 20036

About the Society for Women's Health Research

Founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, medical researchers and health advocates, the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) SWHR aims to bring attention to the myriad of diseases and conditions that affect women uniquely. Due to SWHR’s efforts, women are now routinely included in most major medical research studies and scientists are beginning to consider biological sex as a variable in their research. 

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

  • 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 policy makers about contemporary women’s health issues through media outreach, congressional briefings, public education campaigns, conferences and special events.

What SWHR Does

  • Advocacy: As the thought-leader in sex-based biology research, SWHR is often called upon to offer expert testimony before Congress and to provide guidance on legislative and regulatory matters on women’s health. Every year, SWHR holds educational briefings for members of Congress and their staff and state of the science policy conferences.
  • Education: SWHR engages the public through public education campaigns, online moderated discussions, e-newsletters and news service articles, media roundtables, and special events.
  • Research: SWHR works with researchers and clinicians to advance the field of sex-based biology. SWHR hosts scientific conferences to encourage dialogue and research on sex and gender differences.