Into Our Own Hands: The Women's Health Movement in the United States, 1969-1990

Into Our Own Hands: The Women's Health Movement in the United States, 1969-1990

by Sandra Morgen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813530709

ISBN-13: 9780813530703

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Recent history has witnessed a revolution in womens health care. Beginning in the late 1960s, women in communities across the United States challenged medical and male control over womens health. Few people today realize the extent to which these grassroots efforts shifted power and responsibility from the medical establishment into womens hands as health care

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Overview

Recent history has witnessed a revolution in womens health care. Beginning in the late 1960s, women in communities across the United States challenged medical and male control over womens health. Few people today realize the extent to which these grassroots efforts shifted power and responsibility from the medical establishment into womens hands as health care consumers, providers, and advocates.

Into Our Own Hands traces the womens health care movement in the United States. Richly documented, this study is based on more than a decade of research, including interviews with leading activists; documentary material from feminist health clinics and advocacy organizations; a survey of womens health movement organizations in the early 1990s; and ethnographic fieldwork. Sandra Morgen focuses on the clinics born from this movement, as well as how the movements encounters with organized medicine, the state, and ascendant neoconservative and neoliberal political forces of the 1970s to the1980s shaped the confrontations and accomplishments in womens health care. The book also explores the impact of political struggles over race and class within the movement organizations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813530703
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Pt. IIn the Beginning
1Conceiving History3
2Foundational Stories and Movement Making16
3On Their Own: Women of Color and the Women's Health Movement41
4Into Our Own Hands: Feminist Health Clinics as Feminist Practice70
Pt. IIThe Politics of Change in Women's Health Movement Organizations
5Against the Odds: Patterns of Organizational Change in Feminist Clinics in the 1970s and 1980s109
6The Changer and the Changed: The Women's Health Movement, Doctors, and Organized Medicine120
7Neither Friend nor Foe: The State, the Movement, and the Changing Political Landscape153
8The Three Rs: Reagan, Retrenchment, and Operation Rescue in the 1980s181
9The Politics of Race and Class: Dreams of Diversity, Dilemmas of Difference206
Afterword: The Movement in the 1990s: Accomplishments and Continuing Challenges232
App. 1Persons Interviewed239
App. 2Clinics and Organizations Surveyed241
Notes243
References253
Index273

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