Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: The Women's Health Movement of the 1970s

Instructor: Etta Breit

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In the late 1960's, the second wave of feminism birthed many specific interest movements. This course focuses on one of these: The Women's Health Movement (WHM). The WHM achieved social change, both nationally and internationally, by empowering women to redefine their relationship to the medical system, to challenge health care bias based on race and class, to expose corporate greed that endangered lives, and to articulate the politics of women's mental and physical health models. The WHM will be viewed within its historical context - a time of great social protest. The lessons and legacy of the WHM round out the course. The instructor brings a personal memoir as an activist in the WHM, 1970's in Tampa , Florida.

Required Text:

Into Our Own Hands: The Women's Health Movement in the United States , 1969-1990 Author: Sandra Morgan Publisher: Rutgers University Press ISBN: 0-8135-3071-7 (paperback)

Last Update: July 30, 2004