Tracing the Evolution of the Women’s Health Movement

The Importance of History Within the Modern Movement


  • Claire Feasby


women's health, women, health, social movement, epistemologies of ignorance, history, grassroots, movement, feminist, epistemology


The Women’s Health Movement arose within the context of the late twentieth century amidst the development of new reproductive technologies and diverse cultural revolutions. This essay traces the history behind women’s health and grassroots movements in order to reveal a more comprehensive understanding of the ways in which history has shaped the struggles – and progresses – of today. “Tracing the Evolution of the Women’s Health Movement” investigates various theoretical feminist frameworks in order to reveal the epistemological gaps that have transpired, and continue to plague, women’s health.

Author Biography

Claire Feasby

Claire Feasby (she/her/hers) is a fourth year Gender and Women’s Studies major and Art History minor. Claire is one of the original members of the journal and, after having completed her third year abroad in France at Sciences Po Paris, she is now back at UBC Okanagan to complete her studies. Her academic interests include law, feminist epistemologies, women’s health and sexuality, performance art, and dress. In her spare time, Claire enjoys working out, camping, travelling, playing guitar, and singing.