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Balancing Act: The challenges and triumphs of women in student life



It’s not easy to find your way around college life, and for women, this road is often filled with special challenges and amazing successes.

The ability to balance different things, like schoolwork and personal obligations, is both an art and a science. What, though, makes this trip so hard for women? What do they do to turn these problems into chances to grow and be successful? As we go deeper into the lives of women in college, let’s look at the problems they face and celebrate the wins they make along the way.

The Challenges: More Than Just Academics

1. The Gender Expectation Gap

One of the first problems is that people and sometimes institutions have expectations of you. Women have an extra layer of duty because they have to do well in school and be the caretaker, organizer, and often the mediator in different parts of their personal lives. And they deal with all of these demands without getting tired!

2. Balancing Work and Study

Working part-time or even full-time is not a choice for many women; they have to. It can feel like you’re walking on a tightrope when you have to balance work duties with school goals. You try to find the right balance between making a living and doing well in school.

3. Facing Systemic Barriers

There are still systemic barriers in some areas of study, even though progress has been made. For example, women in STEM fields often have to learn in classes where men are the majority, which can be difficult because of biases. Which methods do they use to get past these obstacles and make their own space?

The Triumphs: Celebrating Success Against the Odds

1. Building Supportive Networks

Building supportive networks goes beyond mere camaraderie and enters the realm of an essential strategy for navigating the complexities of student life. In the age of online education, these networks have transcended physical boundaries, enabling women to connect, share, and learn from each other across the globe. A pivotal aspect of these networks involves pooling resources for academic assistance, such as engaging assignment writing with, a platform that has become synonymous with providing quality online assignment help. This resource not only aids in managing academic loads but also in understanding the nuances of subjects that might otherwise seem daunting. Through forums, social media groups, and educational platforms, women are able to access a wealth of knowledge and support, making the journey through education a shared experience rather than a solitary struggle.

2. Achieving Academic Excellence

Even though there are problems, women still do very well in school, often better than their male peers. This success shows not only how strong they are, but also how well they can handle their time, set priorities, and keep their eyes on their goals.

3. Setting Precedents
Women are not only involved in student life; they are leading it. They are in charge of student groups and doing groundbreaking research in areas that are mostly dominated by men. Not only are these accomplishments personal wins, they also set the way for women to work in academia in the future.

The Art of Balance: Strategies and Insights

Navigating Expectations

You need to have a clear sense of who you are and be able to set reasonable goals in order to understand and deal with the web of expectations. It means being aware of your boundaries and not being afraid to ask for help or give tasks to other people. Learning how to say “no” might be the key to controlling expectations.

Finding the Equilibrium

Balancing work, school, and personal life is like learning a complicated dance. Many women define balance as prioritizing urgent demands and long-term aspirations. It requires knowing oneself and being flexible as needs change. Setting clear boundaries between work and study, using digital tools to organize duties, and scheduling self-care have worked well. Also important is freely communicating with employers, academics, and family about requirements and restrictions. Open communication fosters academic and personal success for women. Finding harmony involves making informed choices and sometimes compromising to ensure that every element of their lives is given the attention it deserves, promoting a sense of achievement and fulfillment.

Overcoming Barriers

To get past intellectual and personal problems, you need to be persistent, think strategically, and be ready to question the status quo. Women’s academic and personal success are often hampered by both overt and covert racism. To get past these problems, they have looked for help from people who have been through the same things before. It’s also important to support and take part in the governing process for educational institutions. These steps will get rid of the problems that are there now and make the world a better place for everyone in the future.

Technology and internet tools have also helped women get an education and a job despite being in difficult areas or coming from low-income families. These many ways are helping women in college solve problems, change the way they learn and work for themselves and others, and move equality and empowerment forward.

Conclusion: The Journey Continues

The problems and successes that women face as students show how strong, determined, and successful they can be. Even though it’s hard, this juggling act shows how amazing women are at adapting, getting through tough situations, and succeeding. Their story shows that problems can become opportunities if you have the right support, strategies, and attitude. Let’s continue to work for a world where women in college have fewer problems and more chances to shine while we enjoy these wins. It may be hard to get there, but the trip and the victories along the way make it all worth it.

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Femtech must acknowledge the risk of perpetuating medical racism, say campaigners

Campaigners have warned that health tools could overlook women from marginalised communities



Femtech must acknowledge the risk of perpetuating medical racism, campaigners have warned, amid concern that the sector could perpetuate long-standing racial inequities.

Femtech is already showing promise to help clinicians make better diagnoses and support women with managing their health.

But as excitement grows, campaigners have warned that these powerful tools could overlook women from marginalised communities and perpetuate long-standing racial inequities in how care is delivered.

“Any technology meant to help people track and improve women’s health outcomes must be inclusive and anti-racist,” Dr Regina Davis Moss, president and CEO of In Our Own Voice, told Femtech World.

“Black women have historically been disregarded, overlooked and undermined by the medical technology industry. It is past time for our interests and needs to be prioritised in clinical trials and other forms of scientific research.

“Femtech companies must ensure that their research and clinical trials equitably involve communities of all backgrounds.”

Around 2,000 femtech companies and apps have sprung up in the last decade to address women’s needs, including tracking apps, fertility solutions and menopause platforms.

These new tools are often built using machine learning, a subset of AI where algorithms are trained to find patterns in large data sets like billing information and test results.

The data these algorithms are built on, however, often reflect inequities and bias that have long plagued the healthcare system. Research shows clinicians often provide different care to white patients and patients of colour. Those differences in how patients are treated get immortalised in data, which are then used to train algorithms.

“When our research omits subsets of the population, the accuracy and potential benefits of that research do not extend to those who disproportionately bear the burden of disease,” said Dr Monique Gary, breast surgical oncologist at Grand View Health.

“We are seeing already how AI can harm marginalised communities, where biased algorithms require racial or ethnic minorities to be considerably ‘more ill’ than their white counterparts to receive the same diagnosis, treatment, or resource. This is perilous and avoidable.”

To create responsible and equitable technologies that include BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour) women, Gary said companies could start identifying and recruiting experts of colour, via pipeline programmes and incubators.

“We need to start listening to, believing and supporting the voices of Black women,” she said.

“In 2024, women of all ages and races, ethnicities and orientations are telling us out loud what they need to actualise a better version of healthcare which incorporates significant tech utilisation. It’s now up to us to listen.”

Ashley Jones, creative director of Tones of Melanin, said femtech must acknowledge the risk of perpetuating medical racism and prioritise inclusivity.

“Companies in femtech should actively seek out diverse perspectives and experiences, particularly from BIPOC women, in both their datasets and research.

“This includes collaborating with BIPOC brands, stakeholders and organisations to ensure that their products address the specific needs and concerns of BIPOC women.”

Tech developers, Jones said, could address racism by implementing robust diversity and inclusion initiatives within their teams, actively seeking out BIPOC voices in decision-making processes and educating themselves on the unique experiences of BIPOC women in healthcare.

Sylvia Kang, co-founder and CEO at Mira, pointed out that femtech companies should also focus on affordability, as cost can be preventing women from marginalised communities from accessing healthcare.

“Most of the people that can access femtech tools for their health are white mid-to-high income women,” Kang explained.

“Unfortunately, there are some communities, including BIPOC that do not have enough resources to purchase these tools.

“I believe it’s our responsibility to take action and democratise our data and tools in specific ways.”

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US start-up raises US$4.3m to address maternal mental health

The funding is hoped to help FamilyWell scale throughout New England and expand nationally



The US mental health start-up FamilyWell Health has raised US$4.3m in seed financing to support women facing maternal mental health challenges.

FamilyWell Health is a behavioural health company that integrates specialised mental health services, such as coaching, therapy and psychiatry, into OB/GYN practices.

The platform aims to provide pregnant and postpartum patients with specialised support for depression, anxiety and other perinatal mental health concerns.

New mothers face dire maternal mental health challenges in the US, with a staggering one in seven women suffering from postpartum depression.

Individuals who seek treatment typically wait for months to be seen by a mental health provider and instead turn to their obstetricians, who are often hesitant to screen for mental health conditions knowing there is a shortage of therapists and psychiatrists.

“I had difficulty finding support when I experienced postpartum depression and have cared for countless new moms struggling to access mental health care during one of the most vulnerable periods of their lives,” said Dr Jessica Gaulton, founder and CEO of FamilyWell.

“My experience, both as a survivor and as a practicing neonatologist, inspired me to start FamilyWell to provide equitable, affordable, and accessible mental healthcare for new mothers.”

By partnering with OB providers, Gaulton said FamilyWell would increase access to mental health support for pregnant and postpartum individuals where and when they need it.

The funding, led by .406 Ventures with participation from GreyMatter Capital and Mother Ventures, is hoped to help the start-up scale throughout New England and expand nationally.

Payal Divakaran, partner at .406 Ventures, said: “Given our team’s deep experience backing innovative behavioural health and women’s health companies, we had been looking at this intersection for quite some time.

“FamilyWell offers an elegant solution that is a win-win for all stakeholders, including obstetric practices. Dr Gaulton and her team have built an incredible, mission-driven company poised to address a critical need in women’s mental health.”

Dr Melissa Sherman, medical director and obstetrician at Essex OB/GYN Associates, a FamilyWell customer, added: “When you’re pregnant or caring for a newborn, you can’t afford to wait months for help.

“With FamilyWell, patients get help within days and have ongoing support through one of the biggest transitions of their lives.”

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‘Women crave the quick fix of a silver bullet’: menopause experts have their say on talking therapies

Talking therapies could reduce symptoms that may not be otherwise relieved through HRT, specialists have argued



The recent research showing talking therapies could help women through menopause is a “fantastic step forward” in the advocation of choice, experts have said, warning that HRT alone will not reduce all symptoms.

Talking therapies, such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy, have been found to effectively treat menopause symptoms, such as low mood and anxiety.

Researchers from University College London have shown that the practices, which focus on developing behavioural patterns, coping strategies and relaxation techniques, could have benefits beyond those of HRT, including improved sleep, memory and concentration.

The techniques, experts told Femtech World, could help dampen down women’s physiological system, reducing symptoms that may not be otherwise relieved through HRT.

“Our ability to regulate the stress hormone is hampered during menopause, meaning we sit further up the stress scale than we did before,” said Dr Bev Taylor, psychologist and menopause educator.

“Stress also makes many menopausal symptoms worse, either in frequency or severity. These techniques reduce symptoms by dampening down our physiological system and bringing us back down the stress scale.”

The beauty of them, Taylor said, is that they can be used by anyone.

“Whether you can or want to take HRT or whether you want to use them alongside treatments like HRT, you can. This research is a fantastic step forward in the advocation of choice.”

Catherine Harland, menopause educator, coach and founder member of MenoClarity, said talking therapies had received a lot of backlash since the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended them in their updated guidelines.

“Whilst I understand how life-changing talking therapies can be, I fully appreciate why so many women crave the ‘quick fix of a silver bullet’ in the form of HRT as we have been taught this from a young age,” she said. “We have been taught to turn to pharmaceuticals for any symptoms we experience.”

Modern women, Harland said, live stressful, fast-paced lives, juggling a multitude of things and often feel too busy to fit talking therapies into the mix.

“Menopause is a highly sensitive time and it’s vital women begin to understand the importance of self-care which includes talking therapies and mindfulness.

“HRT alone will not reduce symptoms of stress, trauma and metabolic disease caused by living in a high cortisol state for long periods of time.”

Around 15 per cent of women aged 45 to 64 in England are currently prescribed HRT, which has increased rapidly in the last two years from around 11 per cent and continues to increase.

The main benefit of HRT, according to the NHS website, is that it can help relieve most menopause and perimenopause symptoms, including hot flushes, brain fog, joint pains, mood swings and vaginal dryness.

Draft NHS guidelines recommend offering cognitive behavioural therapy, alongside or instead of HRT.

Dr Shahzadi Harper, menopause specialist and founder of The Harper Clinic, said talking therapies could benefit women experiencing menopause symptoms and help them feel more in control. However, she said they should not be it at the forefront of the menopause conversation.

Dr Shahzadi Harper, menopause specialist and founder of The Harper Clinic

“Talking therapies do not address the inherent hormone deficiency that arises due to perimenopause and menopause and the long-term consequences of declining hormone levels,” Harper explained.

“I don’t think they should be at the forefront and definitely not instead of HRT. However, I do think they could be a useful tool, especially as the symptoms of menopause can be quite debilitating and affect mental health and mood.”

Dr Clare Spencer, menopause specialist, GP and co-founder of My Menopause Centre, said while HRT could help many women manage symptoms of the menopause, there would be some women who may continue to experience symptoms, such as poor sleep, low mood and anxiety, despite being on it.

“Women may face other difficulties at the time of the menopause that may be additional causes of stress which can also impact on experience of symptoms of the menopause.

Dr Clare Spencer, GP, menopause specialist and co-founder of My Menopause Centre

“In these cases, there is a place for talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness, to help break some of the vicious cycles that can then exist.

“There is also a role for talking therapies in helping women who have been advised not to take HRT or do not wish to.”

She said, however, that long NHS waiting lists could prevent women from getting the support they need.

“There is an issue with access to cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based therapies through the NHS which does need resolving to allow more women access timely support,” she added.

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