As we observe Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26, which commemorates the day on which the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was certified in 1920, it’s important to take the opportunity to take stock. How far has the United States come in terms of women’s rights — and how is it stalling, or going backwards? The news in many quarters seems positive. More Democrat women are running for office in the 2018 midterm elections than ever before, and the #MeToo movement continues to drive public conversation. But there are some fundamental rights for American women remain at risk.
This brief presents selected findings from the 2017 Kaiser Women’s Health Survey, a nationally representative survey of women conducted in the summer and fall of 2017. The survey also covered a wide range of topics related to women’s coverage, use, access, and experiences with the health care system.
In several tweets on Wednesday afternoon, the State Department celebrated International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8, saying that it was committed to helping and “empowering” women around the world. But the tweets come after several decisions in the past year that would undermine women’s health care globally, and that disconnect was not lost on HuffPost’s senior political reporter Laura Bassett.
On February 12, the Trump administration released its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 and unsurprisingly, it is an unmitigated disaster for abortion rights and reproductive health.
Women’s bodies are a perennial political battleground in the US. This is the only developed country with no universal health coverage and one of only a few with no guaranteed paid maternity leave. Compared to women in Canada or Europe, it’s harder for Americans to take time off work to see a doctor, or get affordable child care. When I asked maternal health experts why American women have a shockingly high risk of dying in childbirth, I was told their health just isn’t valued here.
On the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, clinic abortion rates in the United States are plummeting, having decreased by an unprecedented 25% between 2008 and 2014. Some of this decline may be due to improvements in contraceptive use, but it is likely that the hundreds of state-level restrictions that have shuttered abortion clinics and increased the cost of getting an abortion have resulted in many women being unable to get one.
It was one year ago that millions of women worldwide marched against newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump.
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