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More Than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women's Health Movement

Jennifer Nelson

Abstract

In 1948, the Constitution of the World Health Organization declared, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Yet this idea was not predominant in the United States immediately after World War II, especially when it came to women's reproductive health. Both legal and medical institutions—and the male legislators and physicians who populated those institutions—reinforced women's second-class social status and restricted their ability to make their own choices about reproductive health care. This book reveals how f ... More

Keywords: health, reproductive health care, feminists, women's health movement, sex discrimination, gender stereotypes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780814762776
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814762776.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Nelson, author