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Barbara Seaman

Barbara Seaman

Medical journalist Barbara Seaman exposed the risks of birth control pills, making them the first–ever prescription drug to include an FDA warning health on possible side effects.

Barbara Seaman

In 1960, Barbara Seaman introduced a new style of health reporting that centered on the patient. She was first to reveal that women lacked the information to make informed decisions on contraception, childbirth, even breast-feeding.

Barbara Seaman, 1935 - 2008

I came to New York City in 1993, age 22, to take an internship at Ms. Magazine. Within a few months, I was asked to fact-check a profile of Barbara Seaman, a pioneer in the women's health movement on the 25th anniversary of the publication of her classic The Doctors Case Against the Pill. I called her and three hours later got off the phone a changed person. She had answered my fact-checking queries, but then peppered me with friendly questions: Who was I? What was my background?

The women honored by the passage of healthcare reform

Last night the House of Representatives passed the healthcare reform bill in what is being called a historic victory for progressives and healthcare activists, despite the inclusion of abortion restrictions. Still, the bill will make healthcare accessible to many who could not afford it under the current system and will curb some of the most unethical practices of insurance companies, such as dropping coverage when a child gets sick.

Standing up for women's health care

These last several weeks, I (like other JWA bloggers) have walked around in a haze of frustration, rage, and despair over politicians' apparent blindness to the centrality of women's health to national health. As a historian, I can attest that as goes women's health, so goes the health of the nation.

Don't forget Barbara Seaman!

I read this New York Times article about the role of pharmaceutical companies in creating a market for treating menopause at about midnight, and I was so appalled that the article doesn't mention journalist and women's health activist Barbara Seaman that I couldn't sleep and got out of bed at 1 a.m. to write this post.

Three generations of activist Seaman family mark 10th anniversary of Women's Strike for Equality

August 26, 1980

Three generations of activist Seaman family marched together in the tenth anniversary celebration of the New York Women's Strike for Equality.

Who’s your women’s health hero?

Our Bodies, Ourselves has created the Women's Health HeroesAward and is seeking nominations! I'm so excited about this opportunity to celebrate the activists I admire and to learn about the women whose work I'm not yet familiar with.

Health Activism, American Feminist

American women have been the “perennial health care reformers.” According to Carol Weisman, professor of Health Policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health: “Activism around women’s health has tended to occur in waves and to coincide with other social reform movements, including peaks in the women’s rights movements.” At all of those pivotal moments, Jewish women have played central roles.

Plan B

by JL

On this weekend twenty six years ago, women paraded down New York's Fifth Avenue to mark the tenth anniversary of Women's Strike for Equality and the sixtieth anniversary of the women's right to vote.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Barbara Seaman." (Viewed on September 21, 2014) <http://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/15449>.

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