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date: 10 July 2020

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This chapter explores how health has simultaneously been a significant focus of feminist activism and also an underexplored topic in feminist theory. We trace both the theoretical challenges to traditional notions of health that came out of the decades of women’s health activism in the United States, as well as note the points within feminist scholarly work at which health makes an appearance. We conclude that feminist theorizing about health has failed to keep pace with its proliferation as a dominant cultural concept, and that feminist thinkers are only just now finding ways to recover some of the lost critical edge of an earlier era.

Keywords: women’s health movement, feminist bioethics, feminist disability theory, healthism, reproduction

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