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More Than Medicine: Social Justice and Feminist Movements for Health
October 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
In a conversation about her book, More Than Medicine, historian Jennifer Nelson will focus on how feminists of the ‘70s through the ‘90s applied lessons of the New Left and Civil Rights movements to generate a women’s health movement. The new movement shifted from the struggle to revolutionize health care to the focus of ending sex discrimination and gender stereotypes perpetuated in mainstream medical contexts. With renewed attacks on access to health care, contraception, and abortion, Dr. Nelson will suggest ways histories of feminist and social justice activism might provide lessons for current struggles for reproductive freedom.
Jennifer Nelson, Professor at University of Redlands, specializes in women’s history, the history of feminism in the United States, and medical histories associated with social justice movements. She has published widely in these fields, including two books, Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement (2003) and More Than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women’s Health Movement (2015). She is also the co-editor of Women’s Activism and “Second Wave” Feminism: Transnational Histories (2017). Her current research is a study of the history of the transnational movements for and against legal abortion in the United States and Mexico.
This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.