Turning 40, Going Global

Center for Genetics and Society September 28, 2011

No one had an inkling that from the first edition would emerge a publishing phenomenon.  The whole enterprise began with the simple, and profoundly traditional, impulse the women at the Emmanuel College workshop had to talk about the home truths of their bodily experiences as women and mothers.  Out of sharing their stories came an agenda, partly motivated by frustration and a sense of injustice, and a determination to pursue knowledge in the face of a dismissive medical establishment, despite deep intellectual insecurities:  “We were just, women,” read a line in the introduction of the first edition, “what authority did we have in matters of medicine and health?”

Read the full story: by Gina Maranto