Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 1
Science journalist Barbara Seaman (1935-2008) spent the last forty years of her life on the front lines as a women's health advocate. Throughout her career, she was also a tireless supporter of other women's voices. Here she brings together an essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists on topics ranging across reproductive rights, sex and orgasm, activism, motherhood and birth control. The more than two hundred contributors include Jennifer Baumgardner, Susan Brownmiller, Phyllis Chesler, Angela Davis, Barbara Ehrenreich, Germaine Greer, Shulamith Firestone, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Erica Jong, Molly Haskell, Shere Hite, Susie Orbach, Judith Rossner, Alix Kates Shulman, Gloria Steinem, Sojourner Truth, Rebecca Walker, Naomi Wolf, and many others.
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"Barbara Seaman is the first prophet of the women's health movement and her prophecies are still coming true." —Gloria Steinem
"Personal and communal, informative and affecting, this mammoth book of protest, progress, and regression eloquently confirms that the long, frustrating battle rages on to secure women access to respectful, high-quality, and unbiased health care." —Booklist "Before her death, crusading journalist Seaman compiled this hefty collection of feminist writings on women's health. Revisit the struggle for control of our bodies through the works of Shere Hite, Shulamith Firestone, Gloria Steinem, Phyllis Chesler and more." —Ms. Magazine "A valuable work for anyone interested in the women's health movement and an essential resource for all collections." —Library Journal "What a vital compendium of women's health and feminist history Voices of the Women's Health Movement is, essential food for the body and the mind. To paraphrase Alice Walker, the writings contained in this book all fall into the category of 'words that save lives.'" —Moyra Davey, artist and author of Mother Reader
About Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge
An author, women's health activist, and energizing influence on hundreds of younger writers and organizers for nearly half a century, the legendary BARBARA SEAMAN (1935-2008) persistently challenged the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies by exposing their drive for profit at the expense of women. After her first three books, the New York Times wrote that she had "triggered a revolution, fostering a willingness among women to take issues of health into their own hands." As Barbara Ehrenreich wrote about the publication of her first book, The Doctors' Case Against the Pill (1969): "For many of us, women's liberation began at that moment." Seaman was a founding advisory board member of and key advisor to Seven Stories Press.
LAURA ELDRIDGE is a women’s health writer and activist living in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of In Our Control: The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women (Seven Stories Press, 2010).