Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 2
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.
"In 1969, Barbara Seaman proved that women can talk back to doctors—calmly, rationally, and scientifically. For many of us, women's liberation began at that moment." —Barbara Ehrenreich
"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
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).