Fall 2006

Feminism and Sexual Health

A major theme of feminism is a woman’s right to her own body, particularly to make decisions about her own health and wellbeing. Access to information is integral to a woman’s ability to make important decisions regarding her health. The following documents, which date from 1970-1999, demonstrate how women’s organizations have worked to distribute much-needed information about women’s sexual health. Information that was otherwise unavailable or inadequate became accessible in resource guides, newsletters and pamphlets written for (and by) diverse groups of women. Addressing such issues as safe sex, teenage pregnancy, lesbians and AIDS, advancements in reproductive technologies, contraceptives, and reproductive health, these publications have empowered women to make well-informed decisions about their own bodies.