Tag: women’s health

May Sarton: Leaping the Waterfalls (1912-1995 American)

I’d been duped. The gray-haired writer who moved to the small town of Nelson, New Hampshire in 1958 was not who I imagined. I only discovered this when I began work on this post. Far from the tranquil woman in my mind, May Sarton was an enigma, even to herself. At forty-six, May Sarton purchased her first and only house, attempting to extract herself. In a destructive relationship, struggling to reign herself in, she sought to settle, to live where only those she wanted to see or those who really wanted to see her would visit. Plus, the dramatic...

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Trotula of Salerno: Alleviating the Suffering of Women, Italian (11th Century) by Theresa C. Dintino

Because there are many women who have numerous diverse illnesses—some of them almost fatal—and because they are also ashamed to reveal and tell their distress to any man… to assist women, I intend to write of how to help their secret maladies so that one woman may aid another in her illness and not divulge her secrets. ~Trotula of Salerno, 11th century Italy. Trotula was one of the most famous physicians of her time. Her work was devoted to alleviating the suffering of women. Trotula taught at the school of Salerno, a famous university of the time, and first...

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A Spirit Still At Work: Update on Margaret Fuller

It’s a salve. A salve for the burn I feel each time someone says they’ve never heard of Margaret Fuller (1810-1850). It’s feels good to focus on this active community center while work continues to raise awareness of this woman who, according to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in their book, History of Woman Suffrage, is said to have, “possessed more influence on the thought of American women than any woman previous to her time.” Since 1902, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House has been operating at 71 Cherry Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the house that was her childhood...

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The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan (first published in 1963)

A few months ago one of my male colleagues asked what feminist books I recommend he read and it occurred to me that I had missed a couple of the heavy hitters. That’s when I decided to read Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, often credited with kicking off the second wave of feminism in the early 1960s. This work of nonfiction was an incredibly well-timed antidote. An antidote to what Friedan calls the problem with no name. “The problem,” she explains, “lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a...

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