Women’s Movements for Health

  • Lesley Doyal


Preceding chapters have documented the economic, social and cultural constraints on women’s capacity to realise their potential for health. However we caught only glimpses of the myriad of strategies they have adopted in response. In this concluding chapter the spotlight is firmly fixed on these struggles for health. Most women spend much of their lives involved in health promotion activities. But a few go further, taking collective action to promote health through social change. It is this complex mosaic of women’s health politics that will be examined here.


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Further Reading

  1. Asian and Pacific Women’s Resource Collection Network (1989) Asian and Pacific Women’s Resource and Action Series: health (Kuala Lumpur: Asian and Pacific Development Centre). A text that provides resources and ideas for action for women in the Asian and Pacific Region. Covering sexuality, reproduction, domestic work, waged work and violence it provides a model that could be adopted by feminist health activists in other parts of the world.Google Scholar
  2. Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (1993) The New Our Bodies Ourselves (New York: Touchstone Publishing Co.). An old favourite that remains an essential resource for women wanting to take control of their bodies and their health.Google Scholar
  3. Dankelman, I. and Davidson, J. (1988) Women and Environment in the Third World: a blueprint for the future (London: Earthscan). A stimulating account of the relationship between women and their physical environment in third world countries. It includes well documented case studies and interviews with women conservationists, examining the ways in which women can organise to meet environmental challenges.Google Scholar
  4. Davis, M. (1994) Women and Violence: realities and responses worldwide (London: Zed Books). An impressive collection of articles on women’s campaigns against violence. This contains extremely valuable case studies from around the world that raise key questions about the causes of sexual violence and the most effective ways of combating it.Google Scholar
  5. Gerber Fried, M. (1990) Abortion to Reproductive Freedom: transforming a movement (Boston: South End Press). An anthology of articles from activists and academics involved in the fight for reproductive rights in the United States. It offers a history and critique of the abortion rights struggle from the 1960s to the present and argues for a more inclusive campaign for reproductive rights that recognises difference and diversity.Google Scholar
  6. Sen, G., Germain, A. and Chen, C. (1994) Population Policies Reconsidered: health, empowerment and human rights (Cambridge Mass: Harvard University Press). A collection of articles from a diverse group of scholars, policy makers and women’s health activists. It explores future directions for population politics and policies with an emphasis on health, empowerment and human rights.Google Scholar

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