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Women’s Health: Complexities and Differences

Sheryl Burt Ruzek, Virginia L Olesen and Adele E Clarke, Eds.

During the 1980s, I was involved in several women’s health initiatives at the University of California, San Francisco. With a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) to foster the development of multi-disciplinary women’s health studies, that included running three international faculty-development institutes, we needed to write a book to fill in the gaps in the literature, particularly theoretical and integrative concepts that could link the perspectives of diverse groups of women. Over the next decade, Virginia Olesen, Adele Clarke and I fussed, fidgeted, and finally produced this volume that has been used widely to further the development of women’s health studies. Available on Amazon

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The Women’s Health Movement:
Feminist Alternatives to Medical Control

Sheryl Burt Ruzek

As a doctoral student, I had studied natural health movements and planned to write my dissertation on the Mental Hygiene Movement of the Progressive era. After I started, the Women’s Health Movement emerged on the scene, raising many of the questions that fascinated me about lay vs. professional authority, scientific certainty, and health communication networks. I dropped my archival research to study the emergent reality of second-wave feminism.  Available on Amazon

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The Adoption and Social Consequences
of Medical Technologies

Julius A Roth and Sheryl Burt Ruzek, Eds.

So many conflicts in the women’s health movement revolved around the over and under use of medical technologies. After speaking at a conference on women and reproductive technologies, and organizing the papers on ethical issues in childbirth technology, I came away with the idea for a special issue of Research in the Sociology in Health Care that would widen the dialog. Julius Roth, editor of the series, embraced the effort that resulted in this book. Available on Amazon UK