Aging baby boomers and their economic and political clout have recently brought women’s health care concerns to the attention of the medical community. Experts attribute this shift in part to feminist activists who urged the medical community to make up for its years of neglecting women’s health. As a result, funding for women’s health initiatives has risen 30 percent over the past three years, and the budget of the U.S. Public Health Service’s Office on Women’s Health has gone from $1 million in 1991 to $12 million this year.
However, problems do remain. Some women complain that there is too much contradictory and confusing information being published. Also, increased spending has not always translated into health improvements; last year, AIDS deaths dropped 22 percentamong men but only 7 percent among women, and breast cancer continues to kill one in eight women.