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

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Rutgers University Press, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 284 pages

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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Conceiving History
Foundational Stories and Movement Making
On Their Own Women of Color and the Womens Health Movement
Into Our Own Hands Feminist Health Clinics as Feminist Practice
The Politics of Change in Womens Health Movement Organizations
Against the Odds Patterns of Organizational Change in Feminist Clinics in the 1970s and 1980s
The Changer and the Changed The Womens Health Movement Doctors and Organized Medicine
Neither Friend nor Foe The State the Movement and the Changing Political Landscape
The Politics of Race and Class Dreams of Diversity Dilemmas of Difference
The Movement in the 1990s Accomplishments and Continuing Challenges
Persons Interviewed
Clinics and Organizations Surveyed

The Three Rs Reagan Retrenchment and Operation Rescue in the 1980s

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About the author (2002)

SANDRA MORGEN is director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon. She is an anthropologist who teaches in the department of sociology. Her publications include Women and the Politics of Empowerment, Gender and Anthropology: Critical Reviews for Research and Teaching, and EnGendering Rationalities.

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