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Hashtags That Influenced Women's Health in 2015

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Let’s be real, social media influencer’s can be super-powerful today. I once told my friend a piece of breaking news and his reply to me was, “Wait let me check on Twitter. If it’s not on Twitter, it’s not true.”

Everyone from the White House to local businesses are using the power of social media to not only bring attention to their purpose, but influence others in a positive manner. Social media has become a source for awareness, education and empowerment.

As the year is coming to a close, check out these hashtags that brought attention to women’s reproductive and sexual health in 2015.

1) #StandwithPP

During the past couple of years, the health care industry has witnessed a lot of debate over women’s health care. Employer-provided birth control, the availability and legality of abortion, and the recent controversy over Planned Parenthood’s funding are all hot topics right now, more than ever.

The hashtag, #StandwithPP, was a result of the chaos that was caused when an anti-abortion group released a video of a Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal tissue donations.

Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the United States, making it controversial among pro-life activists and Republican Congress members. However, Planned Parenthood also provides integral health care services for women across the United States.

As a form of support, politicians, celebrities and citizens have retweeted #StandwithPP to show their support. On August 3, 2015, Congress voted to continue funding Planned Parenthood.

2) #Happytobleed

In 2015, The Sabarimala temple, a popular Hindu temple in India reportedly said it would not allow menstruating women to enter the temple, considering them impure. Menstruation has mistakenly been considered impure in the Indian culture due to confusion over ancient traditions.

While the tradition was actually constructed so that women could rest and not be obligated to attend religious festivities while menstruating, people have since assumed that the tradition considered menstruating women impure.

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