March is Women’s History Month – Why Do We Celebrate?

Women’s History Month began in 1987 after the National Women’s History Project petitioned Congress to dedicate the month of March to celebrate women’s history. We celebrate this month to remember the contributions of women throughout our country’s history. 

We celebrate women such as Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell who became the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States in 1849. However, when she got her degree, no one would hire a female physician. This led to her opening the New York Infirmary in 1857 which had its own medical institution open to women so they could get the training and experience needed to become physicians. 

The work of Elizabeth Blackwell paved the way for other women to succeed in medicine. In 1947, Dr. Gerty Cori was awarded the Nobel Prize for her work in genetics and her discovery of the link between enzyme deficiencies and metabolism disorders. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in the category of Medicine and Physiology and went on to win several other awards and recognitions for her contributions to medical science throughout her life. 

Health Issues Specific to Women

While women and men do share many health issues, there are some that are more prevalent in women and deserve special consideration.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the cause of one out of every four deaths among women in the United States. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking can all contribute to heart disease. Take a look at the content we created in February during Heart Month

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is the most aggressive cancer affecting the global female population. It is present more among female populations in developed nations due to their extended life spans. 

Ovarian and Cervical Cancer

While both conditions cause similar pain, the symptoms of ovarian cancer are very vague. Pap smears can detect cervical cancer, but other tests are needed to look for ovarian cancer. 

Women’s Health Resources at the Point of Care

Because it’s Women’s History Month, we want to ensure our patients and providers can easily access information around women’s health issues. That’s why we’ve distributed even more women’s health content across our nationwide platform at the point of care

This video previews our content about women’s health issues and the patient stories surrounding them. 

Now more than ever, we are grateful for the contributions women (and men) are making to the medical community. We at Outcome Health recognize and celebrate the heroic leadership and sacrifice from those on the front lines.

Want to support patients during the most important moments of their health journey? Bring Outcome Health to your practice. 

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