March 22, 2012
Seaman, Barbara with Laura Eldridge. Voices of the Women’s Health Movement.Vol. 2. 384p. ISBN 9781609804466. $19.95. ea. vol: Seven Stories. 2012.photogs. index. pap. MED
Seaman (1935–2008), a pioneer in women’s health advocacy and an accomplished science writer, and Eldridge (coauthors, The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause) have gathered over 200 articles documenting the history of the women’s health movement. The contributors include both historical (e.g., Sojourner Truth, Fanny Burney) and contemporary authors who represent a wide variety of disciplines. Phyllis Chesler, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, and the National Women’s Health Network are featured. The many entries discuss medical, sociological, psychological, and political issues related to women’s health. Classic essays such as Betty Dodson’s “Bridal Shower” from her 2002 bookOrgasms for Two: The Joy of Partnersex and Gloria Steinem’s 1978 article from Ms. Magazine “If Men Could Menstruate” appear along with discussions of parenthood, domestic violence, and harmful drugs. VERDICTA valuable work for anyone interested in the women’s health movement and an essential resource for all collections.—Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L.