Barbara Seaman and the Women's Health Movement
My current book project is a history of the American women's health movement through the eyes of journalist, feminist, and movement founding mother Barbara Seaman.
Seaman, whose influential 1969 exposé The Doctors' Case Against the Pill inspired a Congressional investigation into potential side effects of the then-new and wildly popular oral contraceptive pill, was instrumental in spreading a new health feminist consciousness across America. Her books and articles educated women about issues ranging from pill side effects to female sexuality, and in the mid-1970s she co-founded the National Women's Health Network in Washington, D.C.
My book brings together histories of feminism, medicine, and consumer activism, at a time when the lessons of the women's health movement are more relevant than ever.