More than Medicine: Social Justice and Feminist Movements for Health
Free! As the final program in our series, Who Controls Women’s Health? A Century of Struggle, historian Jennifer Nelson, author of More than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women’s Health Movement, will discuss how feminists from the 1970s to the ‘90s applied lessons of the New Left and Civil Rights movements to develop their own women’s health movement. In light of renewed attacks on access to health care, contraception, and abortion, Nelson will suggest ways histories of feminist and social justice activism might provide lessons for current struggles for reproductive freedom.
Following her lecture, Nelson will be joined in conversation by Dr. Sarah Seidman, Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York.
Who Controls Women’s Health?: A Century of Struggle is a free, three-part talk series that examines key battles over women’s ability to control their bodies, health choices, and fertility. It is developed in collaboration with the New York Academy of Medicine and supported by a grant from Humanities New York. To view all programs in the series, click here.
About the Speakers:
Jennifer Nelson, PhD, is a Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Redlands and specializes in women’s history, the history of feminism in the United States, and medical histories associated with social justice movements. Her book More than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women’s Health Movement (NYU Press) was published in 2015.
Sarah Seidman, PhD, is the Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York. She is the curator of the Museum's upcoming exhibition Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Women and Politics in New York (opens October 11), in addition to curating the ongoing exhibition Activist New York. She holds a PhD in American Studies and an MA in Public Humanities from Brown University.
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