Working Group on Women’s Lives, Health, and Wellbeing
This Working Group encourages cross-pollination of ideas between SSN scholars from different regions and disciplines. We are a community of academics that are looking to break out of typical research silos and present a diverse but cohesive front that better represents the complexity of women’s lives and the policies that affect them. We are expansive in our definition of what falls under the scope of our work. Women’s health includes health care delivery and accessibility, mental health and substance use, abortion and contraception, and pre- and post-natal care. Issues that speak to the wellbeing of all women must include trans- and cis-women and men, boys and girls, and the larger communities in which women build relationships. Our members are equally committed to complicating the idea of women's wellbeing through in-depth interrogations of how women of color and immigrant women experience their social lives. Women’s families are not limited to marriage and biological children, but can be embedded in communities that involve broadly defined kinship networks and do not exclude childfree or unpartnered people. Through SSN briefs, public outreach, and shared initiatives, our scholars advance clearly communicated, evidence-based policy ideas that empower women to live up to their fullest health, and economic and political potential.