National Women’s History Museum on the Mall

Good day!


Nursing Clio posted this article on the National Women’s History Museum New Republic to Facebook, and I wanted to give it a broader audience.

Sonya Michel (UMBC) writes about the back story to the National Women’s History Museum bills currently moving through Congress. She was part of a Scholarly Advising Committee for the nascent museum before it was abruptly disbanded. I wrote to my Congresspersons as a historian, woman, and voter and urged them not to support HR 863 / SB 399 as currently written. I would like to see historians speak up for substance over donors so this does not become an example of simplistic, populist history overtaking the careful, nuanced work of actual scholars on American women.



Kristen Ehrenberger

Kristen Ann Ehrenberger, PhD (May 2016)
MD Candidate (2016)

Medical Scholars Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Kristen Ann Ehrenberger, PhD (May 2016)
MD Candidate (2016)

Medical Scholars Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Published in: on April 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bibliography on Miscarriages

Dear WHOM,

The interdisciplinary entry I wrote on miscarriage for Oxford Bibliographies Online is now available:
Lara Freidenfelds, Ph.D.
Published in: on June 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article on Gender in Global Health

Dear WHOM Colleagues,
Fresh off the lovely AAHM meeting in Atlanta (kudos to the program committee and the local organizing committee!), I found this piece in my in-box upon getting home.  Among the findings of the reported study, for example, is the fact that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “had no provision for gender in any of its strategy documents.”  So, still lots of work to do!
Best to all,
Monica H. Green
Professor of History
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
Box 874302
975 S. Myrtle Ave
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ  85287-4302
Published in: on May 21, 2013 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Article: Vaccine for Preventing Pregnancy

Dear WHOMers,
Just stumbled on this today and thought it might be of interest to others.  (Indeed, the whole world!)
Monica H. Green
Professor of History
School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
Box 874302
975 S. Myrtle Ave
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ  85287-4302
Making of a vaccine preventing pregnancy without impairment of ovulation and derangement of menstrual regularity and bleeding profiles Review Article
Contraception, Volume 87, Issue 3, March 2013, Pages 280-287
G.P. Talwar
The story of making a vaccine against human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) for control of fertility is briefly reviewed. The choice of hCG was made on the consideration that it is not involved in the cascade of hormones leading to ovulation; hence, antibodies against hCG would neither disturb ovulation nor normal production of sex hormones by the female. It would not react with any other tissue of the body because no organ of a healthy noncancerous female expresses hCG.International Committee for Contraception Research played a historic role in testing its immunogenicity, safety and reversibility in women in Finland, Sweden, Chile and Brazil. The Population Council also conducted valuable long-term studies (5 years) in New York in 63 rhesus monkeys, which demonstrated the lack of pathological consequences of antibodies cross-reactive with species luteinizing hormone.

The first-ever efficacy trials on a birth control vaccine established high efficacy (one pregnancy in 1224 cycles) of anti-hCG antibodies at and above 50 ng/mL titers. Fertility was regained in the immediate next cycle, at titers falling below 35 ng/mL.

A recombinant vaccine, hCGβ-LTB, has been made, which is highly immunogenic in mice. It is due to undergo toxicology studies prior to resumption of clinical trials. An additional utility of this vaccine is likely in advanced-stage terminal cancers expressing hCG/subunits.

Published in: on March 22, 2013 at 10:41 am  Leave a Comment  

Free Access to Special Issue on Politics of Women’s Health in South Africa

Dear All,

Greetings from Stellenbosch!

For the next 2 weeks our Agenda journal special issue on “The Politics of Women’s Health in South Africa” will be available online for free:

Correspondence about this project is welcomed off-list.

Kind Regards


Mandisa Mbali, DPhil (Oxon)
Social Anthropology
Stellenbosch University

Published in: on August 31, 2012 at 9:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Article on Verina Morton Jones

Many WHOM members have encouraged and supported me in this research over many years, so wanted to share the news that some of my research on Verina Morton Jones has finally made it into print! Thanks.




Susan K. Rishworth, MLS, MA, CA


American College of Surgeons

633 N. St. Clair Street

Chicago, IL 60611


Published in: on June 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ms. online women’s health issues


I’m now a guest blogger for Ms. online covering women’s health issues, and I thought I’d let interested authors on this list know. If you have a book that came out recently (or one that can be directly tied to present current events), please query me personally about sending me a copy and press materials. As the mother of two sons under 2, my reading time is limited, so I will only have you send me a book if I can promise I can read it.

But this blog does give me a good excuse to carve out time for important books, and maybe plant a seed for others to cover them also. I know as the author myself that it can be challenging to get mainstream media coverage for a feminist health book.

FYI, here are my first two postings, about the meager state of federal-funding for migraine, and its effect on migraine sufferers (mostly women) on a day-to-day level:

My Headache and I on the Hill

Migraine: the North Korea of Disabilities

All best,

Paula Kamen

(author of Her Way, All in My Head and Finding Iris Chang)  Chicago, IL

PS: I’m also writing one about how GIs coming back from the wars with major migraine problems is spurring new research on the disease. If there are any historians who know about how veterans have influenced research in rehabilitation issues, please email me off list. Thanks!

Published in: on March 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article on Egyptian midwives

Dear WHOM Colleagues,

In case you want to add some global dimension to your teaching on women’s healthcare, a wonderful study on Egyptian midwives is available for free access:

Off to Work At Home: Egyptian Midwives Blur Public-Private Boundaries

Author: Abugideiri, Hibba

Source: Hawwa , Volume 6, Number 3, 2008 , pp. 254-283(30)

Also, in case the word isn’t spreading, all issues of Medical History are now available for open access on PubMed Central.  (Lots of other medical journals are there, too, and some older ones have valuable medical-historical pieces.)

Happy teaching!

Monica Green

Professor of History

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ  85287-4302

Published in: on February 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Article on Swine Flu and Student Health

Dear Colleagues,

Just wanted to let you all know about an article on swine flu and student health that I just had published at History News Network.

Published in: on August 24, 2009 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment