Domestic Advocacy

Advocate Where it Matters

Join us in advocating for the health and well-being of women. Put your Jewish values into action and help us build a healthier, safer and more equitable world. 

Advocacy at your Fingertips.  Log on and act—you can make a difference in an instant. Visit Hadassah’s National Action Center; find a policy that matters to you; and send a letter to your Representative or Senator right on our site. Sign up for Hadassah’s Advocacy Alerts and stay informed on the latest legislation before Congress and Hadassah’s policy priorities and initiatives.

Build relationships with elected officials. Hadassah members train in the basics of lobbying, and then get up and go. Spend a Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., meet with Members of Congress, and receive briefings from government agencies and foreign embassies. If you who cannot leave town, you can meet with your US Representatives or Senators in their regional offices, on a Day in the District program. Or, participate in a Date with the State and lobby your state-level officials about matters of importance to women and the Jewish community.

Policy Priorities

Gender Equity in Medical Research (GEM)

A multitude of diseases are often misdiagnosed, or overlooked entirely, in women because medical research, diagnostic tools, and treatments are frequently based on male physiology.

Advocate for gender equity in medical research. Your life may depend on it.

Why is Gender Equity in Medical Research Important?

Far more men than women are medical research subjects. Even animal and cellular research subjects are overwhelmingly more male than female. Symptoms for many diseases do not present the same way in men and women, and too many research institutions still ignore the role of gender in medical outcomes. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, yet only 1/3 of research subjects are female. Without adequate participation in research trials, women are vulnerable to dangerous drug reactions that could have been avoided. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), women and men respond differently to many drugs, including antihistamines, blood pressure medicine, anesthesia, aspirin, sleep aids and more. Advocate to increase gender equity in medical research.

Advocating for Gender Equity in Medical Research

Join our national campaign to educate and drive policy change related to gender equity in medical research. Click here to make your voice heard and urge your Representatives to co-sponsor the Research for All Act.  Learn how to lead grassroots efforts, educate public officials and community members, and lobby Congress. Contact your local chapter to start advocating for gender equity in medical research now.

Women’s Preventive Health

Preventive health promotes wellness, disease prevention, early detection – empowering women and men with knowledge to make appropriate and informed medical decisions for themselves and their families. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, new resources are available for optimal health. Urge your Representatives to cosponsor the Women's Preventive Health Awareness Campaign Act and participate in Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program™. Be your own best advocate!

Human Trafficking

Tragically, slavery remains a modern-day reality for an estimated 27 million people worldwide—including an epidemic of human trafficking within the United States. This crime has been reported in all 50 states, with California, Texas, Florida and New York leading the others. The House of Representatives has recently passed laws to help in the fight, but Congress must do more. Urge the Senate to continue this momentum, and contact your local chapter to begin to change these heartbreaking statistics.

Affordable Child Care

Lack of access to quality, affordable child care is a major barrier to work-life balance and financial stability for women and families. In poorer families, child care can cost up to 55% of the family income. Tell your legislators that affordable child care is a necessity.

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