The Public Interest

There is no women’s health crisis

Sally L. Satel

Winter 1998

IN 1993, First Lady Hillary Clinton rather dramatically remarked upon “the appalling degree to which women were routinely excluded from major clinical trials of most illnesses.” Or as Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala sweepingly put it: “Women have good reason to be cynical about whether this country cares about women’s health.” These sentiments are shared by an army of special interest groups that lobby Congress on behalf of what has become known as women’s health. Active participants in this campaign include the Society for Advancement of Women’s Health Research, which has collaborated extensively with the Congressional Women’s Caucus, the Center for Women’s Policy Studies, the National Women’s Health Network, Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, the American College of Women’s Health Physicians, and even Hadassah, the old and venerable Jewish women’s organization. 

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