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Much has happened during the last century to improve women's health. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health and the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health have created Web sites that celebrate many of the achievements of the past century.

HHS OWH Women's Health Time Capsule

On December 3, 2001, The Office on Women's Health celebrated it's 10th anniversary by featuring the Women's Time Capsule Initiative. During a cermony at the National Institutes of Health, items were presented for placement in the time capsule that represent significant moments in the advances made in assuring better health for women. The time capsule is scheduled for burial during Women's Health Week in May 13-17, 2002.

"A Century of Women's Health 1900-2000" is a compilation of narratives, photographs, timelines and scholarly references highlighting significant periods of the past century. It is an online publication in PDF and HTML . Produced by OWH as part of the "Time Capsule Initiative" key chapters include: Chapter 1: Social and Cultural Factors; Chapter 2: Preventive Health; Chapter 3: Quality of Life; Chapter 4: Diagnosis and Treatment; Chapter 5: Health Education and Communications and Chapter 6: Body Image and Health.

"Milestones in Women's Health : Looking Back As We Move Into the New Millennium" is a collection of significant timelines from the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health. Topics include: key vaccine approvals, America's Chamber of Horrors featuring "harmful products", initiatives for better foods and medicines, protections for pregnant women and babies, improvements in clinical trials for women and much more.

Here's a sample of a timeline from "Milestones in Women's Health : Looking Back As We Move Into the New Millennium" p. 7.

U.S. Women 1900's 1990's
Age at Death 48.3 years 79 years
Primary Causes of Death TB & Child Birth Heart Disease
Average # of Children 8 2
Infant Mortality Rates 124-158 per 1,000 7-14 per 1,000
Number in Workforce Not Counted 43%
Eligible Voters 0% 52% of U.S. Population