Before 1990, women were not included in medical research because of medical concerns and the assumption that gender differences were not significant. Since then we know that gender is a critical factor in disease and wellness.

As for funding, private sources spend less than one-fifth of their total health funding on medical research and women’s health receives only a fraction of this amount. In addition, government funding is primarily for multi-center, long-term studies, leaving a significant gap in resources for short-term, smaller studies yet this is where much innovation begins.

FWW targets this need by raising support for studies that are small yet hold great promise for impacting medical knowledge and influencing the direction of larger research efforts.

Here are some examples of what new research has uncovered:

  • The efficacy and side effects of common drugs, such as ibuprofen and antibiotics, are different for women.
  • Warning indicators for heart disease, lung cancer and colon cancer are different for each sex.
  • Levels of stress hormones are regulated differently in men and women which may relate to why women have higher rates of health concerns like autoimmune disease and depression.
  • Women who smoke are 20 to 72 percent more likely than men to develop lung cancer.