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Manifesto for global women's health

Women's health is more than reproductive health. Why does this phrase still need to be repeated? This commentary highlights the urgent need to encourage more women to lead, research, and educate to move beyond stereotypes and to ensure we push forward in improving the lives of women everywhere.

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Ginsburg, O. Manifesto for global women's health. Nat Rev Clin Oncol 15, 3–4 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/nrclinonc.2017.150

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