Reproducing Jane 

 Jane: Documents from Chicago’s Clandestine Abortion Service, 1968-1973, firestarter press, 2004

Jane: Documents from Chicago’s Clandestine Abortion Service, 1968-1973, firestarter press, 2004

My article on the historical memory of the 1970s underground abortion collective known as "Jane" was published in the Autumn 2017 issue of Signs. Link

Abstract (excerpt): In the early 1970s, before the passage of Roe v. Wade, an underground feminist group in Chicago performed an estimated eleven thousand illegal abortions. Women’s liberation groups formed abortion referral services across the country, but the Abortion Service of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, known colloquially as “Jane” after the pseudonym its members adopted, was distinct, and its story has lingered in feminist consciousness while others have not. Members eventually performed abortions themselves, despite lacking formalized medical training, putting the procedure into women’s own hands. As the pro-choice community began to fear the erosion of abortion rights, Jane stories gained new currency as tales of women’s resilience in the face of unjust legal restrictions...

Menstrual Cups

 Image courtesy of Gerardo Con Diaz

Image courtesy of Gerardo Con Diaz

In a short piece for Technology's Stories, an online publication from the Society for the History of Technology, I explore the curious history of the menstrual cup. Link.

Abstract: The menstrual cup, a relatively obscure feminine hygiene product alternative with a cult following on the Internet, has a rich and surprising history. As old as the more popular tampon, the cup was marketed to women with varying degrees of success over the course of the twentieth century. The cup’s unique design—typically a reusable rubber device that collects, rather than absorbs, menstrual fluids—presented challenges to manufacturers and advertisers, but an ideal hygiene solution to its many devoted fans.

Women's Health Advocacy at Work

 Unrelated to, but contemporaneous with, my job.

Unrelated to, but contemporaneous with, my job.

Grad students: Have you ever dreamt that you were trapped inside your dissertation? Link.

Well, that kinda happened to me. In a post for Nursing Clio, I discuss the year I spent post-PhD working at a women's health non-profit, learning even more about the focus of my dissertation than I thought was possible after years and years of historical research.

Pinkie, Your Hospital Pal!

Or, Why I Bought a Weird Old Hand Puppet on eBay

 Photo from the Helm Independent Review (Lynbrook, NY) titled “Hospitals can be fun” (The Helm independent review., May 12, 1966, Page 8, Image 8 |  ©NYS Historic Newspapers )

Photo from the Helm Independent Review (Lynbrook, NY) titled “Hospitals can be fun” (The Helm independent review., May 12, 1966, Page 8, Image 8 | ©NYS Historic Newspapers)

My Nursing Clio post on a curious puppet with a surprising history.

"What on earth was Pinky the Puppet? What did they look like? Were they anything like the creepy porcelain dolls adorning the covers of programs for HHA fundraising events that I’d unearthed earlier in the week? I had to know. I decided that I must drop everything I was doing with the Courier and investigate this puppet immediately. I admittedly became somewhat obsessed..."