Query: Article or Book on History of Women’s Health Research since 1980

From: Londa Schiebinger [mailto:schieb@stanford.edu]

Dear Colleagues, I would like a super article on the Women’s Health to assign to my class —I’m particularly interested in how NIH research has changed.  What is the best article out there?  Or perhaps it’s a book.  I would like something that covers Women’s Health Research from about 1980-the present. Thanks.


I don’t think just one article would be sufficient but this one is a good introduction to the topic:

Merton, V. 1993. The Exclusion of Pregnant, Pregnable, and Once-Pregnable People (a.k.a. Women) from Biomedical Research. American Journal of Law and Medicine 19: 369-451.

Jackie Wolf


I suggest Steven Epstein, Impure Science: AIDs, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge (University of California Press, 1994)

Lara Freidenfelds

I’m beginning a new research project on this very subject and will be presenting on this at the AAHM meeting in Atlanta.  Meanwhile, in addition to Epstein’s work, here are some sources that I’ve found helpful in shaping my thinking on the subject:

Bass, Marie.  1998.  “Toward Coalition.” In Rickie Solinger, ed., Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle, pp. 251-68.  Berkeley: University of California Press.

Morgen, Sandra. 2009. “Women Physicians and the Twentieth-Century Women’s Health Movement in the United States.” In Ellen S. More, Elizabeth Fee, and Manon Parry, eds., Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine, pp. 160-83. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Chapter One of Weisman, Carol S. 1998. Women’s Health Care: Activist Traditions and Institutional Change. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Barbara Seaman and Susan F. Wood, “The Role of Advocacy Groups in Research on Women’s Health,” in Barbara Seaman, ed., Voices of the Women’s Health Movement volume one, pp. 46-57

Schroeder, Patricia and Olympia Snowe. 1994.  “The Politics of Women’s Health.” In Cynthia Costello and Anne J. Stone, eds., The American Woman 1994-95: Where We Stand, pp. 91-108. New York:  W.W. Norton.

Heather Munro Prescott


Rosa Medina Doménech escribió:

Dear colleagues,

Following this thread , any suggestion for reading on the possible specificities of patients and women doctor/nurse/(other health professions) relationships?


Rosa María MedinaDoménech

Dep. Historia de la Ciencia. Universidad de Granada 34 958 243512



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