Diversity and Women's Health

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Once focusing solely on reproduction and reproductive matters, the study of women’s health has expanded to include cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and osteoporosis. The United States has established an office dedicated to researching women’s health issues, and the Women’s Health Initiative has begun collecting data on the prevention of diseases common among women. Yet the health care issues affecting diverse groups of women have remained underfunded and understudied.

Diversity and Women’s Health calls attention to this glaring discrepancy and presents cutting-edge research on women’s health from a feminist perspective. The contributors argue that the health issues specific to lesbians, elderly women, women of color, immigrant women, and disabled women must become a central part of the broader conversation on women’s health in the United States.

Essays in this collection highlight the disparities in diagnosis and treatment among women because of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and age from both medical and women's studies perspectives.

In reviewing the history of feminist scholarship on health care, the contributors to this volume show how bringing a feminist perspective to biomedical research will address the health care needs of marginalized groups in the United States.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Association for Women in Science Magazine - Margaret Reilly

Diversity and Women's Health is of special interest to persons involved in developing and providing health care for women.

Association for Women in Science Magazine

Diversity and Women's Health is of special interest to persons involved in developing and providing health care for women.

— Margaret Reilly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801892806
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2009
  • Series: A Feminist Formations Reader Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue V. Rosser is a professor of public policy, professor of history, technology, and society, and dean of Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of The Science Glass Ceiling: Academic Women Scientists and the Struggle to Succeed.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Moving Diversity from the Margins to the Center of Women's Health Sue V. Rosser 1

Part I Women of Color

1 The Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights of Women of Color: Still Building a Movement Lynn Roberts Loretta Ross M. Bahati Kuumba 17

2 "Hold your head up and stick out your chin": Community Health and Women's Health in Mound Bayou, Mississippi Jennifer Nelson 22

3 Beyond Pro-Choice versus Pro-Life: Women of Color and Reproductive Justice Andrea Smith 42

4 Because Words Are Not Enough: Latina Re-Visionings of Transnational Collaborations Using Health Promotion for Gender Justice and Social Change Ester R. Shapiro 64

5 Including Every Woman: The All-Embracing "We" of Our Bodies, Ourselves Zobeida E. Bonilla 95

Part II Lesbians

6 Reexamining Gender and Sexual Orientation: Revisioning the Representation of Queer and Trans People in the 2005 Edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves Elizabeth Sarah Lindsey 107

7 Ignored, Overlooked, or Subsumed: Research on Lesbian Health and Health Care Sue V. Rosser 113

Part III Aging Women

8 When Does Menopause Occur, and How Long Does It Last? Wrestling with Age- and Time-Based Conceptualizations of Reproductive Aging Heather E. Dillaway 137

9 What Have We Learned? An Historical View of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Alice J. Dan 167

10 Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Getting to the Heart of the Politics of Women's Health? Nancy Worcester 178

11 Aged Mothers, Aging Daughters Sondra M. Brandler 191

Part IV Women with Disabilities

12 Old Age and Ageism, Impairment and Ableism: Exploring the Conceptual and Material Connections Christine Overall 207

13 Res(Crip)tingFeminist Theater through Disability Theater: Selections from The DisAbility Project Ann M. Fox Joan Lipkin 218

Part V Women's Studies Methods to Transform Health Research and Care

14 Breasts, Blood, and the Royal V: Challenges of Revising Anatomy and Periods for the 2005 Edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves Marianne Mcpherson 241

15 Medicine and Women's Studies: Possibilities for Enhancing Women's Health Care Adriana Cavalcanti De Aguiar 248

16 Putting Our Heads Together: Academic and Feminist Approaches to Studying the Health of Women Workers Karen Messing 268

List of Contributors 281

Index 285

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