Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Unattainable and idealized images of women’s and girls’ bodies are visible in every aspect of advertising and mass communication. Women and girls are bombarded constantly with messages that treat them as objects of sexual fantasy and exploitation or that demean them. Popular culture promotes unrealistic standards of beauty and makes women – particularly young women – susceptible to distorted body images, low self-esteem and psychological and eating disorders. The multi-billion dollar cosmetic surgery industry poses increased health risks for women, including life-long disfigurement. Researchers in our network are documenting negative messaging while encouraging a healthy representation of female beauty in which intellect, creativity and character trump thinness and physical perfection.

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Do you have ideas on how to transform our body-hating culture into one of size acceptance and body love?  Submit them today!  As part of...
July 27, 2009 posted by Kyla Bender-BairdAs I began collecting background research for National Parent’s Day and the vast diversity of families...
By Kyla Bender-BairdI have to admit, when I was a kid, I was convinced that I would be the first woman President of the United States. ...
The National Council for Research on Women harnesses the resources of its network to ensure fully informed debate, policies, and practices to build a...
February 10, 2009 posted by admin My first memory in life is of my mom holding me up as a human shield to try get my dad to stop beating her—...

News

  • Statement of Cecile Richards, President of PPFA, on House Passing Historic Health Care Reform Bill

  • Statement of Cecile Richards, President of PPFA on the Executive Order of the President on Abortion and Health Care Reform

  • Kathryn Olson Named CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation

  • Girls Inc. Board of Directors Appoints Judy Vredenburgh as President and CEO