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The impact of terrorist attacks on women: A report of findings from a national survey of American women

Almost a quarter of the women polled report that their personal economic situation has, in fact, worsened since the attacks and believe this was partially or completely a result of the terrorist attacks (78 percent), rather than economic factors that were in place prior to the attacks. Eighteen percent reported declining 401K or stock value and 15 percent reported job-related cutbacks. Twenty-five percent are concerned that they will need to dip into their savings.

All women but particularly single moms, non-college educated and Latinas are now confronting the realities of everything from paying bills to affording health insurance and groceries.

-Women and Health-

The survey also revealed the current status of womens health. For example, younger women (18-29) were less prepared to cope with the mental impact of September 11th than their older counterparts (over 64), and many younger women reported mental health consequences, such as difficulty sleeping (28 percent), anxiety (25 percent), lack of energy (24 percent) and inability to concentrate (23 percent).

Women are increasingly anxious about their ability to afford health care and about local and governmental agency preparedness for bio-terrorist attacks. For example, 22 percent are worried about their ability to afford health care coverage and 19 percent fear they could lose their benefits altogether.

Even as women focus on personal daily concerns, they want to know that their local communities are prepared for future attacks. In the event of a bio-terrorist attack, 45 percent of women say they would turn to a hospital for help, rather than to local law enforcement agencies (17 percent), personal doctors (11 percent), local health agencies (seven percent) or public health clinics (six percent). Additionally, 52 percent say making sure that hospitals and clinics have adequate supplies of vaccines and antibiotics should be one of the primary responsibilities of l
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