Monthly E-Newsletter September 2012



A new mobile app from NIH helps women learn about their health in 52 weeks. The app,

52 Weeks for Women’s Health,  offers women access to a year's worth of practical health information, highlighted week-by-week. To find out more visit, and


Making Change One Woman at a Time


For the past 10 months, More magazine has been featuring women social entrepreneurs who have found ways to create jobs for women. Click here to read about their business models for change – be prepared to be inspired!


Featured Article


This month we’d like to share an article by Matthew Yglesias from Titled"Why Are Teen Moms Poor?" this article explores the idea that teen childbearing is influenced by poverty more than we think. This highlights the ongoing importance of taking a multi-faceted approach to teen pregnancy prevention – one that includes addressing socio-economic issues.


Tell Us What You Think!


This recent Washington Post article by Jessica Valenti has an interesting and concerning spin on preconception health. The tone is reminiscent of 6 years ago when people accused preconception health of being “pronatalist”. It continues to challenge us to be thoughtful about how we frame this health issue.


We haven’t read her book, Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness, so we definitely do NOT endorse it, but we’re curious to know more about it. If anyone out there wants to write a book review on our blog please let us know.


Women’s Equality Day


With the November election taking over the airwaves, it seems appropriate to take a minute to mark August 26th – Women’s Equality Day. Enacted in 1971, thanks to the work of Rep Bella Abzug, Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that gave women the right to vote. The National Women’s History Project offers great information about the suffragettes – women who helped give us all voice. How much do you know about heroines like Sojourner Truth, Ida Wells-Barrnett, Nina Otero-Warren, Lucy Stone, Susan Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Click here to learn more about the National Women’s History Project.


Regardless of our political beliefs (EWSE is a nonpartisan organization), it is important that we ask our politicians hard questions about the things that really impact women’s health and wellness and that of the family and friends they care about. While much attention is focused on the national elections, we know that politics are local! We challenge you to be informed about who is on the ballot for local planning boards, courtrooms and commissions, including City Council and the School Board. Attend a debate, email questions now is the time. If you work with young people, encourage them to do the same. Want to learn more about how to engage young people? Click here. You may also want to check out the League of Women Voters. Using our voice is one way we can honor the women who marched for our right to be part of the political process.


Featured State: Georgia


Please take a few minutes to learn more about the excellent work happening in Georgia. Click here to read their webpage. You can also learn more about two of their state team members on our blog:

EWSE Updates


Our Coalition has been very busy this month. We are close to making a final decision on an evaluator for our W.K. Kellogg grant, have begun reviewing pilot project applications and are planning for our fall/winter webinar series. We also hope to hear soon about the REACH grant that we partnered with colleagues at AMCHP and City MatCH to submit. Check out our website to stay connected.


Girl Power


Did you know that there has not been a female moderator of a Presidential Debate since 1992! Three young women from Montclair High School in New Jersey, however, have lit a spark to cause a change. They started a petition to the Commission on Presidential Debates asking for a female moderator. The petition generated so many signatures the CPD had to pay attention. You can read the story at Forbes or at And definitely be sure to tune into the debate to support Ms. Candy Crowley – the moderator!


Share your thoughts


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