By Jennifer Nelson
In 1948, the structure of the realm overall healthiness association declared, “Health is a kingdom of whole actual, psychological and social health and never purely the absence of affliction or infirmity.” but this concept was once no longer foremost within the usa instantly after global battle II, specifically whilst it got here to women’s reproductive well-being. either criminal and clinical institutions—and the male legislators and physicians who populated these institutions—reinforced women’s moment type social prestige and constrained their skill to make their own
choices approximately reproductive future health care.
In greater than medication, Jennifer Nelson finds how feminists of the ‘60s and ‘70s utilized the teachings of the recent left and civil rights events to generate a women’s future health stream. the hot circulate shifted from the fight to revolutionize future health care to the focal point of finishing intercourse discrimination and gender stereotypes perpetuated in mainstream scientific contexts. relocating from the crusade for criminal abortion to the production of neighborhood clinics and feminist well-being facilities, Nelson illustrates how those activists revolutionized future health care by means of associating it with the altering social panorama within which ladies had strength to regulate their very own lifestyles choices.
More Than medication poignantly unearths how social justice activists within the usa progressively remodeled the which means of healthiness care, pairing conventional notions of drugs with much less traditional rules of “healthy” social and political environments.
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Applications to the OEO for health centers in the South Bronx, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Denver quickly followed on the heels of the Tufts projects. 38 Quickly, the NHC program funded comprehensive health service grants across the country with significant congressional support fostered by Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, who had been impressed by the demonstration project at Columbia Point. Amendments to Economic Opportunity Act legislation authorized in 1966 and 1967 established the OEO Comprehensive Health Services Program to fund a 57 national network of more than 150 health centers.
Yet, unlike Aradia feminists in the first half of the 1970s, Atlanta feminists quickly encountered opposition from the anti-abortion movement. The Atlanta FWHC, like its predecessor the Los Angeles FWHC, provided abortions in addition to comprehensive gynecological services. ) Despite their attention to self-knowledge and collaborations among women to promote understanding of the body and sexuality, health centers associated with the Federation of FWHCs, such as the Atlanta clinic, also instituted a more structured system of providing medical care that included fixed fees and medical hierarchy.
28 In June 1964, as a participant in the Mississippi Freedom Project, Geiger connected his experiences with the health centers in South Africa to the desperate poverty he found in the southern United States. Geiger traveled to Mississippi in 1964 as a member of MCHR, taking time off from his new position on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health. During his month-long stint as a doctor-activist in Mississippi, Geiger found that African Americans lived in communities that were as poor and unhealthful as those he had seen in the tribal reserves of South Africa.
More Than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women's Health Movement by Jennifer Nelson