REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AWARENESS
Mississippi ranks #2 in the nation for teen pregnancy. We know that teen pregnancy can alter a young woman’s path, particularly her education opportunities and career potential. And, according to research done by WFM, the high rate of teen pregnancy costs the state $155 million in lost economic potential every year. To address this issue and help young women on their individual paths to economic security, the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi awards hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups providing Mississippi’s young women with facts about sexual health and birth control. We also have developed a website FactNotFiction.com to counteract prevalent sexual myths and spark conversation through social media. The results have contributed to a significant decrease in our state’s teen pregnancy rate, but there’s still more work to be done.