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Women’s Health Movements

A Global Force for Change


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Meredeth Turshen
    Pages 1-37
  3. Meredeth Turshen
    Pages 39-77
  4. Meredeth Turshen
    Pages 149-189
  5. Meredeth Turshen
    Pages 191-229
  6. Meredeth Turshen
    Pages 231-266
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 267-281

About this book


This book follows the implications of the changing landscape for women’s health and health care and their sexual and reproductive rights. In the latest national and international health policy developments, we are witnessing the effects of a series of concerted conservative attacks on women. Facing this onslaught, women’s health movements are using the new technologies of the Internet and social media and finding other novel ways to advance their rights and protest against attempts to roll back the gains they made in the last four decades. Detailed country case studies and discussions of topics ranging from violence against women, disability, and birth control, as well as abundant examples of women’s activism from all over the world make this account of women’s health movements a lively, informative, and compelling read.


Women's health and hygiene International cooperation Women's social conditions Feminism and women's health Social movements Women's rights Public health Public policy Women’s studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public PolicyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

About the authors

Meredeth Turshen taught at Rutgers University for 35 years. She has written six books, Women's Health Movements: A Global Force for Change (2019, 2007), The Political Ecology of Disease in Tanzania (1984), The Politics of Public Health (1989), Privatizing Health Services in Africa (1999), and Gender and the Political Economy of Conflict in Africa (2016). Her edited books include: Women and Health in Africa (1991), Women's Lives and Public Policy (1993), What Women Do in Wartime (1998), The Aftermath: Women in Postconflict Transformation (2002), and African Women (2010).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Women’s Health Movements
  • Book Subtitle A Global Force for Change
  • Authors Meredeth Turshen
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-9466-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-9469-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-9467-6
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XXV, 281
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Policy
    Women's Studies
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Turshen updates her unique global worldview on women’s health movements, highlighting achievements in women’s rights and economic development in the Global South. She challenges us to reconsider the impacts of feminism, anti-racism, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) efforts as we read her sobering warnings about rising resistance to women’s progress everywhere.” (Norma Swenson and Judy Norsigian, co-founders and co-authors of Our Bodies, Ourselves)

“At a time when women’s health has become increasingly politicized on a global scale, Meredeth Turshen’s book provides an invaluable tool for understanding the need for closing global inequities in health and how to do so.  Turshen is a force to be reckoned with and readers of this book can utilize all that wisdom and experience as they navigate the myriad of issues around women’s global health.” (Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Faculty Director of the Center for Women and Work, and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, Author of The Global Gag Rule and Women’s Reproductive Health: Rhetoric versus Reality)