Women are our main health care providers, both in the health care systems and in their families. They are also the most frequent users of the health care system. However, most health research is geared to the male as the standard patient. There has been a need for women to become more vocal about health care, and to be better informed. Consumers of health care are now required to be advocates for themselves and their families.
Women's Voices in Health Promotion is a path-breaking book. It empowers the reader by providing her with a comprehensive collection of feminist perspectives on women's health promotion. Readers will find in this volume a clear exposition of the state of feminist theory of women's health promotion, a guide to current knowlege, a participatory action research framework and examples of its local implementation for extending our understanding and capabilities.
About the authors
Mary O'Connor (PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Women's Studies and Principal Investigator at the McMaster Research Centre for the Promotion of Women's Health. She has published on cultural and feminist theory, on women with disabilities, on health promotion, and on the determinants of health. She has been a member of the Health Canada Round Table on Population Health and Health Promotion (1996) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Health Theme Advisory Committee (1998).
Margaret Denton (PhD) is an Associate Professor at McMaster University. She holds a joint appointment in Gerontological Studies and the Department of Sociology. She is a Principal Investigator at the McMaster Research Centre for the Promotion of Women's Health. Her research interests include women's health, income inequality in later life and issues in the delivery of health-care services
Maroussia Hajdukowski-Ahmed (PhD) is an Associate Professor of French and Women's Studies at McMaster University. She is Principal Investigator at the McMaster Research Centre for the Promotion of Women's Health and has undertaken several health promotion projects with immigrant women. Her research interests include feminist theories, participatory action research, immigrant women and health and interdisciplinary research.
Isik Urla Zeytinoglu (PhD) is a Professor of Industrial Relations in the MGD School of Business and Principal Investigator at the McMaster Research Centre for the Promotion of Women's Health. She conducts research on non-standard work and flexible employment issues, women and paid/unpaid work, women's occupational health and comparative industrial relations/global human resource management
Karen Williams (MA) was a Community Research Co-ordinator, McMaster Research Centre for the Promotion of Women's Health, 1993-1994. She has published on woman abuse and elderly women, lesbian parenting and gender bias in medical research.