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CEO Thoughts: How Can 50,000 Women Make a Difference?

Last updated on April 27, 2021
CEO Thoughts: How Can 50,000 Women Make a Difference?

Today we’re celebrating a milestone. 

We have reached the milestone of 50,000 women having completed the Gennev Menopause Assessment.

50,000 women contributing their data to understand their health and well-being. 50,000 women contributing to new education called the Menopause Journey Map. 50,000 women supporting innovation in women’s health as we begin to bridge the research gap that’s existed for too long.

But is it enough?

Not by my standards.

Of the 50,000 women in the Gennev Menopause Assessment data, less than 15% are Black women or women of color. And this lack of representation furthers the inequities for them in healthcare.

That brings me to today. It’s Juneteenth. How many of us who are not Black really understand and embrace how meaningful June 19th is?

June 19th is Emancipation Day and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It’s the final day in which all slaves were freed, even though it came two full years after President Abraham Lincoln declared all enslaved people free.

In a year when racial tension is extremely high, Juneteenth is set to be a day that I, as a white woman, will take on with new meaning. I’ve been wrestling with my role, with Gennev’s role, in the change that’s required to take on racial injustice.

Beyond steeping ourselves in anti-racism education to the point of discomfort, there remains an immense racial gap in women’s healthcare.

Black women die 2½ times more often than white women during childbirth. And when it comes to menopause, there’s no data supporting the symptomatic differences between women of different races.

Does it matter that we explore that? You bet it does. Information drives change. Until we do the research and we educate ourselves on why menopause may affect women differently, we’re not creating an equal society. We’re not changing the course of racism. We’re not advancing and personalizing healthcare for women.

Forbes published an article on the Menopause Journey Map today and its role in advancing women’s healthcare during menopause. My dream is that the next article published doubles-down on new learning around racial differences in menopause and access to care. And it doesn’t just expose the problem, but presents solutions for what we’re doing about it.

I’m pausing to honor Juneteenth and thank the 50,000 women who have helped us create a new benchmark for menopause understanding. The stark contrast of the two reveals the great amount of work that lies ahead and our work at Gennev to fulfill our mission to empower ALL women to take control of their health.

Jill Angelo

Co-Founder and CEO, Gennev