women's health

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Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Kamala Harris, Madeleine Dean, Jenniffer González-Colón, Gregory W. Meeks, Nancy Pelosi, Gordon Johnson, Cory Booker

Petition to Advance the Rights of Widows in the United States and Worldwide

In the United States, widows are expected to control most of the $30 trillion in wealth of the baby boomer generation by 2030 -- a potential wealth transfer that approaches the annual GDP of the United States¹; yet American WIDOWS remain mostly invisible in the eyes of policy makers and the law. Every day, widows continue to fight for their rightful estates, social security benefits, bereavement leave, and access to healthcare.  Internationally, over 300 million widows endure systematic disinheritance of their rightful property, eviction, discrimination at the hands of laws and culture, and violent traditional cleansing rights that plunge them, and 600 million children, into vicious underworlds of poverty, human trafficking, child marriage, and violence.  And Covid-19 is a #WidowMaker. It’s time we begin to recognize the needs of widows, and their families, in the United States and beyond. It’s time to #MakeWidowsMatter.  We propose these important widow/widower recognitions: 1) Create a new office entitled The Office on Widowed Persons (OWP) within the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), a division of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  The purpose of OWP would be to protect and assist widows and widowers in the United States. 2) Increase the number of bereavement days to be equal to the current allowable days for childbirth leave provided under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 3) Increase the current one-time survivor death benefit payment from $255 to $1,500. 4) Provide free healthcare (Medicare-like disability) for widows for a term of two to three years from the death of a spouse. 5) Introduce legislation ensuring the protection and monitoring of widows’ rights is prioritized in the future issuance of foreign aid. 6) Require the U.S. Department of State to include widows in its international human rights reporting requirements and to create programs to facilitate their economic and legal empowerment. 7) Call for the U.S. to propose a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly to protect rights and security of widows in the US and globally. 8) Call for the U.S. to propose a resolution in the United Nations Security Council to protect rights and security of widows in conflict and post conflict contexts. 9) Recognize International Widows' Day June 23 to coincide with the United Nations  10) Designate U.S. National Widows' Week of Awareness - Annually, the week after Father’s Day. Father’s Day was inspired by a widower, and this is one way to honor mothers who act in place of fathers. 11) Designate U.S. National Widowers Week of Awareness - Recognized annually, the week after Mother’s Day. Mother’s day was inspired by a widow, and this is one way to honor fathers who act in place of mothers.'s_Day  Mr. President, Madam Vice-President, and members of Congress, the United States of America would be the first and only country to take such important steps towards the needs of this group of citizens. Let's lead the charge for these audacious and necessary changes. Modern Widows Club, Global Fund for Widows, and our joint community of global supporters and partners are fully behind these important proposals to improve widowed persons’ lives worldwide.  #ModernWidowsClub #GlobalFundForWidows #OneMillionWidows #WidowAdvocacy #WidowRights #MakeWidowsMatter #CovidIsaWidowMaker Citation: ¹ McKinsey & Company Financial "Women as the next wave of growth in U.S. wealth management" July, 29, 2020.

Modern Widows Club
9,291 supporters
Started 2 months ago

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Move Medical Conferences Out of States Without Full Access to Reproductive Care

Our New York Times opinion piece titled "A Plea From More Than 100 Medical Professionals: Boycott Anti-Abortion States" is our first call to action to restore the reproductive rights of women in the U.S.   As medical professionals across specialties, we urge that all future medical conferences move to states that fully recognize the rights of all women and support full access to health care services across the continuum, including reproductive care. We recognize that the diagnosis of any serious medical condition, including cancer, may be intimately entwined with decisions about reproductive health; the recent SCOTUS decision Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health is a failure to recognize this.  In 2022, we should be in support of fundamental access to healthcare services for all genders. This is an issue of equality, dignity, respect, and equity. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey Justice Blackmun recognized the risks faced by the individual and the need for autonomy to make that decision. "These matters, involving the most intimate and personal choices a person may make in a lifetime, choices central to personal dignity and autonomy, are central to the liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment . . .the liberty of the woman is at stake in a sense unique to the human condition and so unique to the law. The mother who carries a child to full term is subject to anxieties, to physical constraints, to pain that only she must bear."  There are myriad complex circumstances involving the health of the mother and any future child; every patient should have full facts and options to preserve their life and health. Most fundamentally, carrying a pregnancy to term is associated with an increase in mortality for the mother, which affects her and her family in those most fundamental of ways. The risk of dying in childbirth in the U.S ranges widely across states (4.5/100,000 per live births in California to 46.2/100,000 in Georgia), and the highest rates are in states where full reproductive rights are being banned.   States that discriminate against women by banning reproductive freedom in every circumstance directly harm the physical and mental health of women and those that care for them and violates the right to privacy between physician and patient. States like Texas have gone further, turning citizens into bounty hunters to sue neighbors and anyone helping persons for providing medical advice and services. The vigilante provision is meant to harass and frighten medical providers to stop doing their jobs.  Justice Sonia Sotomayor has called this measure “a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny.”   As researchers of and advocates for health, we cannot support wanton disregard for health and reproductive rights. We cannot tacitly endorse laws by explicitly promoting the economy of states in direct conflict with our role in promoting women’s health and public health writ large.  Following the Dobbs v. Jackson, many states have moved to ban abortion outright. This is a direct threat to our mission to comprehensively treat and care for our patients. National and international conferences that attract tens of thousands of people each year to attend should be moved out of states that have elected to ban abortions/reproductive freedom.  We encourage states that preserve reproductive rights immediately begin to add capacity to host large conventions so that meetings can be moved. As leaders in medicine, we have the power to choose where we host and attend conferences about health and education. We cannot conscionably choose to continue to have these conferences in venues that do not share our goals about health and equity. Commitments and changes to venues are already in process (   We must make it clear that states that undermine women’s health and public health measures will not be supported by our business. We urge companies that sponsor conferences to join us. Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Gonzales v. Carhart said “[L]egal challenges to undue restrictions on abortion . . . center on a woman’s autonomy to determine her life’s course, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship stature.” We urge that all businesses that do not wish to treat women as second-class citizens take this course of action. Signed, Laura Esserman, MD, MBA Douglas Yee, MD Credit: Photo by Emma Guliani NYT article:    

Laura Esserman, MD MBA
501 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to California legislature, Authors of California Senate Bill 132

The repealing or rewrite of a California Senate Bill #132

To see my Facebook page is to clearly understand my newest quest to protect women behind bars from being bullied and abused due to a door my lawsuit (Norsworthy Vs Beard) opened in April 2015. California Senate Bill 132 Allows for any Man or Woman to claim they are one gender or the other, and they are eligible to be housed in prison consistent with that claim. Research SB132 on your browser and YouTube for background. This petition intends to gather support, allowing myself and colleagues to pursue signatures enabling us to travel to Sacramento and get a re-hearing before the legislature to either have SB132 repealed or re-written. We want actual Transgender Women-Females (not to be confused with crossdressers) and Cisgender women-females to be allowed to participate in a rewrite. But, we need a little help for gas, food, and lodging, to take on the journey to get the voices of incarcerated women heard, which is what did not happen before and during SB132's passing in 2020. I was there when the transfers began. I, Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, am a direct material witness to facts, not the ideal, which, in theory, is excellent. But, the original testimony and thought behind SB132 was to protect trans people from being victimized...I was there when the first 20 arrived, and they weren't victims by any definition of the word "victim." The remainder I must leave for my testimony before the State Congress. My case is a strong standing precedent in the legal world, and I am for "Equal Rights" and not trans rights only. My case was supposed to level the playing field, not open the door for opportunistic parasites to create such a harmful variation, eliminating the state's need to pay for Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS). Please help us, help the women incarcerated in California. Todah Rabbah.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy
297 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to Fall River School Committee, B.M.C Durfee School Administration

Make Menstrual Products Available at B​.​M​.​C Durfee High School's Girls Bathrooms

1 in 5 school age girls in the United States have missed at least a full school day due to menstruation related problems, be it illness, lack of access to menstrual products,  or lack of access to medication.  A multi-million dollar school should not be failing it's female students by making menstrual products inaccessible. The previous Durfee building had free tampon and menstrual pad dispensing machines that female students could access in their single sex student bathrooms, without having to ask an adult or staff member for help or permission. At our current Durfee building, there are none of these dispensing machines, and female students are expected to go to the nurse's office to ask for a tampon/menstrual pad. Female students should not have to disclose or defend their menstrual cycle to a staff member in order to receive an every-day sanitary product. This can also lead to questions about why a student can't afford or doesn't have a product with them packed already, which is not the business of a school staff member.  Single sex bathrooms should mirror the needs of the sex using them. It's a fact that the majority of adolescent and teenage girls menstruate, and we are not welcoming girls into our school when we do not meet their needs. It is a school's responsibility to ensure students are healthy, safe, and prepared to learn for the duration of the school day. It's necessary we make menstrual products accessible in each girl's bathroom. 

secret student
61 supporters