1975 Conference on Women and Health
In 1975, nearly 2,500 women from all across the U.S. and Canada gathered to talk about the health concerns of women. The 1975 Conference on Women and Health brought together students, medical providers, and feminist activists to explore and discuss a range of topics, including the state of U.S. abortion laws in the wake of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, the impact of violence on women’s health, the use of medicine as social control, lesbian health care, the role of women professionals in the women's health movement, and the need for reform in birth practices.
Presenters included women’s health icons Mary Daly, Judy Herman, Jean Baker Miller, Barbara Seaman, and OBOS founders Ruth Bell, Jane Pincus, and Norma Swenson.
We've posted the transcripts and proceedings from this historic conference on our website. Please note that the proceedings are posted as large .pdf files; if you don't have a broadband connection they will take a long time to download. You can see the first part of the proceedings by clicking here and the second part by clicking here.