To commemorate International Women’s Day (March 8th) here are a few books from the LSHTM Library collection focussing on women’s health and women’s rights.
Library classmark: SOE.W 2000
A comprehensive work with an international perspective. Includes physical issues and conditions along with some of the social and behavioural factors that affect health.
Aimed at academics, public health workers and physicians.
Library classmark: SOE.W 2001
Emphasises collaborative care between the person and their healthcare provider. Sections include preventive care, psychosocial health, sexuality, genitourinary medicine, breast disorders, psychological disorders, and common medical problems.
Library classmark: ZVB.W 2002
A collection of 8 essays looking at women as recipients and providers of health care.
Essay titles include:
– “Care, control or coercion? Women in the mental health system in Ireland, England and Wales”;
– “Body beautiful? Feminist perspectives on the World Health Organization”;
– “Psychologizing abortion: women’s ‘mental health’ and the regulation of abortion in Britain”;
–“Infertility treatment and the HIV positive woman: old moral prejudices disguised as new ethical dilemmas”.
Library classmark: ZVB.W 2006
This book draws on the experience and research of academics, policymakers and development workers in Latin America, Asia and Africa to analyse international development themes in the context of women’s well-being.
Organised into three parts dealing with institutional opportunities and barriers, control of resources and livelihood, and mobilization.
Library classmark: ZVB.W 2000 (Reference only)
In this classic piece of feminist writing, author bell hooks argues for the end of gender oppression and a fundamental transformation of society.
First published in the 1980s, the book challenged mainstream feminism to acknowledge the involvement and leadership of poor and non-white women in the liberation movement.
Library classmark: TJH.W.21
Report of a UN study conducted with over 10,000 men in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea exploring the prevalence of men’s use of violence against women and the complex interplay of factors that makes it more or less likely to occur.
Library classmark: UTL.W.6 2016
American journalist and author Peggy Orenstein reflects on interviews with psychologists, academics, experts and over 70 young women to offer insights into current sexuality and sexual practice.
“Did today’s young women have more freedom than their mothers to shape their sexual encounters, more influence and more control within them?”, Orenstein asks. “Were they better able to resist stigma, better equipped to explore joy? And if not, why not?”