This is huge. All women who live long enough go through menopause, and this may be one of the first times this taboo word has been said above a whisper in the halls of Congress.
This is an important step to increasing advocacy for midlife women into and through their menopause transition. Currently, 70 percent of midlife women are not receiving any treatment for their menopause symptoms. And this is compounded by the fact that there is a lot of misinformation about menopause and its treatments.
In order for our country to continue to thrive economically, we need midlife women to be able to function at their full capacity both in their personal lives and in the workplace. Midlife women are one fourth of the US workforce and many midlife women are struggling with menopause symptoms and dropping out of the workforce. Forty percent are thinking about leaving and the vast majority of US businesses have no menopause policy.
The book, Working Through Menopause: The Impact on Women, Businesses and The Bottom Line lays out the problem very well: women are suffering, dropping out of the workforce, and businesses are losing people and billions of dollars. Hot flashes alone in the US is costing US businesses $14 Billion.
Finally, menopause is getting some attention.