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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Celebrates 25th Anniversary of National Office of Research on Women’s Health

September 29, 2015
Press Release
Slaughter Helped Create First-of-its-Kind Organization Dedicated to Women’s Health Research at the National Institutes of Health

WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter today celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), the office within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that ensures women’s health research remains a central part of the agency’s scientific framework. As the only microbiologist in Congress, Slaughter led the effort to establish the ORWH after discovering the startling lack of research on women’s health issues at NIH. She then led the successful fight in Congress to pass the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 which created the ORWH and mandated that the NIH include women and minorities in all human subject research. 

Speaking to a group of scientists and activists celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ORWH, Slaughter commended the essential work done by the office to raise the bar for how we treat women’s health in the sciences.

“For 25 years, the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) has improved the lives of women across the country and improved the way our nation conducts biomedical research. That’s why I’m so proud to have helped create this vital office and to have led the fight to ensure that women are not left out of federally supported health research,” said Rep. Slaughter. “Before we took action, it was standard practice to provide health care based on research that excluded more than half of the world's population. Now, ORWH is marking 25 years of improving Americans’ health outcomes by increasing understanding of how health issues affect men and women differently.”

Congresswoman Slaughter has long been a prominent voice on women’s health issues. In addition to passing legislation that established the ORWH and guaranteed women and minorities are included in all federal health trials, Rep. Slaughter allocated the first $500 million in federal funding for breast cancer research at the NIH. In 2013, Congresswoman Slaughter was awarded the “Champion of Science” award by the Science Coalition in honor of her strong commitment to supporting basic scientific research. She was also honored with the “Foremother Award” by the National Center for Health Research in recognition of her central role in taking on the central health and science issues of our time.