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I saw this question on Reddit and thought I'd post here as well. For me personally, I would hope that better birth control and better treatment for women's health in particular would be more widespread (as especially with medical research and treatments specifically geared towards women that doesn't just treat women like the smaller versions of men solely because women's hormones are too "mEsSy" to study with apparently).

And on that topic, what other type of scientific advancement or innovation do you think could heavily benefit women specifically if it were ever to come to be?

I saw this question on Reddit and thought I'd post here as well. For me personally, I would hope that better birth control and better treatment for women's health in particular would be more widespread (as especially with medical research and treatments specifically geared towards women that doesn't just treat women like the smaller versions of men solely because women's hormones are too "mEsSy" to study with apparently). And on that topic, what other type of scientific advancement or innovation do you think could heavily benefit women specifically if it were ever to come to be?

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[–] FireproofWitch 15 points Edited

Immunology.

I think we’d see tremendous advances in our understanding of inflammation, the immune system, self-tolerance and regulation, and hence our understanding of autoimmune diseases, for which the majority of the burden of disease is borne by women.

Immunology is also very central to many other advancing ‘final frontier’ fields of medicine, such as infectious diseases and cancer, so we’d likely see many advances there, too, if we encouraged women to prioritise understanding their own biological processes.

Male birth control.

We know they can create it. They just don't want to.

And more importantly, it probably wouldn't be profitable. Men can't be expected to be responsible enough to take it consistently or even care enough to take it at all because it's not their bodies that will be changing nor will it be their lives that they'll have to give up to raise a possibly unplanned/unwanted child.

Fucking everything.

I worked in a female - dominated lab once. The teamwork was AMAZING. I wish I’d worked harder to stay there but it was one of my first lab rotations and I didn’t appreciate it.

Every lab since consisted of back-biting and merit-seeking.

Can I ask what subject that lab was studying? I know in many subjects-biology, chemistry, clinical research, medical lab sciences-it's a lot more likely to be 50/50 or woman majority than others.

Also yes, despite popular belief, men do indeed gossip, cause drama, and get into petty fights and backstabbing quite a bit. The most notorious gossipers I've ever met were males.

It was Biology, but the lab was like 95% women! So supportive! Even other bio labs I was in didn’t have that many women

I think women's health issues would be addressed -- the maternal death rate wouldn't be nearly what it is, and problems like miscarriage, pregnancy complications, and even menopause symptoms would have some kind of viable solutions.

We’d probably have another Rachel Carson at this point if there were even more.

The field of environmental science, environmental engineering, and geological work such as working with aquifers, water tables, and plastics reductions would probably be way better than it is now.

Of course a lot more factors are limiting actual eco-friendly stuff into the mainstream..

[–] KBash 2 points Edited

I think we would have solved the mind/body health connection by now if more women were scientists and doctors. The medical profession would look entirely different.

I think we’d be much more advanced in materials science which would allow us to be far more sustainable and pro-environment in our approach. Women care more about the environment.

I think we’d be far more advanced in the field of psychiatry/psychology, if that counts, particularly with regard to trauma studies. I think that would fall under health.

Environmental causes for breast cancer. Also the link between IVF and breast cancer. IVF industry still refuses to allow studies on links between IVF and breast cancer to be done. Women are literally dying but no1curr.