The Femtastic Podcast

The Femtastic Podcast

A feminist podcast that doesn't take itself too seriously. Katie Breen interviews feminist activists, researchers, and advocates working to make women's issues...well, non-issues. Katie explores issues of reproductive rights and health, abortion, gender equality, birth control, sex ed, paid family leave, breastfeeding, periods, sexual violence, LGBTQ issues, racism, social justice, and more - examining topics through the lens of intersectional feminism and reproductive justice. We also laugh.... Show More
January 22, 2019 20 min

You probably know about the gender wage gap, but have you ever thought about the gender health gap? Katie again welcomes to the podcast Priti Krishtel, co-founder and co-executive director of I-MAK, an organization using patent law to increase global access to medicines. Priti explains the ways in which women (yes, even you!) are disproportionately harmed by the high prices of drugs and healthcare, and what this means for us as we get older and need to rely more and more on the healthcare system. For example, did you know that a quarter of the twelve highest-grossing drugs in the US treat conditions that primarily affect women? This includes breast cancer drug Herceptin, which comes with a yearly price tag of over $60,000! Priti discusses the damage that high drug prices inflict on women's health, and how you (yes, even you!!) can take small steps to help lower drug prices for all. 

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