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Motherhood by Choice : Pioneers in Women's Health and Family Planning - Perdita Huston

Motherhood by Choice

Pioneers in Women's Health and Family Planning

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Published: 1st January 1993
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   To honor the 40th anniversary of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, journalist Perdita Huston travelled the world to gather this remarkable collection of oral histories of and about the often unknown leaders of a worldwide movement to bring women their reproductive rights. Drawing on personal interviews, Huston delineates the motivations, strategies, and heartaches of twelve pioneers-eight women, four men-both from the developing world, before and after colonial rule, and from industrialized countries, who braved scorn and abuse to raise the issues of family planning, contraception, and sex education, and to fight for improved healthcare for women. These moving testimonies reflect the personal leadership style of each pioneer from Dr. Evangelina Rodriquez, the first woman doctor in the Dominican Republic, who defied church policies and the corrupt dictator Trujillo to promote family planning and fight the spread of venereak disease; to Miyoski Ohba who contended with innumerable taboos in postwar Japan to introduce poor villagers to the use of condoms; to Elsie Ottsen-Jensen, born in 1886 to a poor Norwegian family of 17 children, who became acutely aware of the high rate of maternal mortality throughout turn-of-the-century Scandinavia and went on to found the Swedish Association of Sex Educators in 1933. Motherhood by Choice stands as a significant historical document tracing the development of public health services, sex education, and contraceptive services that will inspire and inform all who are concerned about women's health and reproductive rights.

"At a time when women's reproductive freedom is under assault throughout the world, it is both inspiring and sobering to learn that the struggle to defend it has a history so long and diverse. Perdita Huston's vivid and moving oral histories of birth control 'pioneers' not only show courageous women and men confronting religious, patriarchal, and colonial prejudice. They also confirm that campaigns for reproductive rights emerge in the context of broader movements for gender equality, social justice, decent health care, and human rights; their origins are both local and global." --Rosalind Petchesky, author of Abortion and Woman's Choice "These inspiring stories about twelve international pioneers of family planning are powerful and instructive. The variety of experience and achievement springs from the common compelling need for family planning information and services throughout the world." --George F. Brown, former Vice President of the Population Council "For those who understand that the struggle for reproductive health and women's rights is a never-ending battle, the outrageous acts and passionate commitment of the trailblazers in Motherhood by Choice are not only an inspiration but a blueprint for action." --Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for a Free Choice "Perdita Huston's book is very timely. It is important to be reminded of the women and men who pioneered family planning. Their stories should compel us to redouble our efforts to provide women of all countries and classes with comprehensive health care." --Carmen Barroso, former director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation "The basic human right to choose whether and when to have children is universally recognized. But the lives and work of the pioneers remind us that it was not always so and that the struggle is not over yet. Half the world's women are still without means to plan their families. Our right to reproductive freedom is the legacy of the pioneers--our legacy should be to make sure that universal right becomes a universal reality." --Nafis Sadik, former head of the United Nations Population Fund At a time when women s reproductive freedom is under assault throughout the world, it is both inspiring and sobering to learn that the struggle to defend it has a history so long and diverse. Perdita Huston s vivid and moving oral histories of birth control pioneers not only show courageous women and men confronting religious, patriarchal, and colonial prejudice. They also confirm that campaigns for reproductive rights emerge in the context of broader movements for gender equality, social justice, decent health care, and human rights; their origins are both local and global. Rosalind Petchesky, author of "Abortion and Woman's Choice" "These inspiring stories about twelve international pioneers of family planning are powerful and instructive. The variety of experience and achievement springs from the common compelling need for family planning information and services throughout the world." George F. Brown, former Vice President of the Population Council "For those who understand that the struggle for reproductive health and women's rights is a never-ending battle, the outrageous acts and passionate commitment of the trailblazers in "Motherhood by Choice" are not only an inspiration but a blueprint for action." Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for a Free Choice "Perdita Huston's book is very timely. It is important to be reminded of the women and men who pioneered family planning. Their stories should compel us to redouble our efforts to provide women of all countries and classes with comprehensive health care." Carmen Barroso, former director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation "The basic human right to choose whether and when to have children is universally recognized. But the lives and work of the pioneers remind us that it was not always so and that the struggle is not over yet. Half the world's women are still without means to plan their families. Our right to reproductive freedom is the legacy of the pioneersour legacy should be to make sure that universal right becomes a universal reality." Nafis Sadik, former head of the United Nations Population Fund"

ISBN: 9781558610699
ISBN-10: 1558610693
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: FEMINIST PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.61  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.24