The term “women’s issues” comes with a lot of baggage, often with negative, narrowed views. It’s not just about reproductive rights. Women’s issues cover the concerns that are acutely experienced by women in their every day lives: child care, parenting, access to health care, sexual assault, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, and the lack of representation in leadership in business and politics, among many others. They are concerns that when addressed, as with paid family leave or the prevention of sexual assault, can benefit all genders and society as a whole.
As Gloria Steinem states in the introduction to her “Woman” series at Viceland,
I’ve traveled the world as a writer and an activist my entire life, and I can tell you that by confronting the problems once marginalized as women’s issues, we can tackle the greatest dangers of the 21st century. Behind every major crisis, there’s an unseen factor at play, there’s a story you’ve never been told. The greatest indicator of the world’s stability, wealth, and safety is the status of women.
McKinsey’s research agrees with us.
Our less eloquent explanation is that women’s issues are issues that are mostly problems for women, but have solutions that benefit society as a whole.