As a journalist rewriting this article, I have decided to start with the background information about Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD and her work on sex as a biological variable being excluded from the majority of published papers. This issue has been skewing the entire pipeline of work from bench discovery through therapeutic intervention in a male direction.
The Biden White House’s recent announcement of the first-ever White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research is an important step towards addressing this issue and promoting individual health in different aspects such as heart health, immune health, and the microbiome. Woodruff believes that when women’s health is prioritized, it will enable personal well-being and promote fundamental fairness.
The focus on women’s health will also lead to better generational health for those born after this paradigm-shifting initiative. Maternal health is only ensured by a focus on women, and the White House initiative will also address the maternal mortality rate and provide better health services for women before, during, and after pregnancy.
Woodruff argues that when the health of women is prioritized, everyone benefits as a group and as individuals. The lack of improvement in issues related to women’s health will be addressed through this initiative, leading to a more equitable society. She commends the Biden White House for taking this step towards improving healthcare for all people.