Pennsylvania Hospital History of Women’s Health Conference 2014

pages-flipThe Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, will host its Ninth annual
History of Women’s Health Conference on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  The
History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on areas of women’s health
from the 18th century to the present.  Robert Aronowitz, MD, chair of the
Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of
Pennsylvania, will be our keynote speaker, presenting a history of breast
cancer from his book Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society
(Cambridge University Press, 2007).  He is also the author of the book
Making Sense of Illness: Science, Society, and Disease and numerous

The History of Women’s Health Conference began in 2006 as part of the
Pennsylvania Hospital’s celebration of co-founder Benjamin Franklin’s
tercentenary.  Each year since, scholars from the humanities and health
care professionals gather to discuss the past, present, and future state
of women’s health.  The conference is jointly sponsored by the Obstetrics
and Gynecology Department and the Pennsylvania Hospital Historic

We will again offer a lunch buffet for $10.  Lunch will take place in the
historic Pine Building.  Please send a check payable to the Pennsylvania
Hospital Historic Collections to: Pennsylvania Hospital Historic
Collections c/o Stacey Peeples, 3 Pine East Rm. 2, 800 Spruce St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Please RSVP by March 30, 2014 to Stacey C Peeples, Curator-Lead Archivist,
Pennsylvania Hospital:
When registering, please indicate if you would like to purchase the $10
lunch. Vegetarian option will be available.
Please call (215-829-5434) or e-mail with any questions or for more


2014 History of Women’s Health Conference Program:
Zubrow Auditorium, 800 Spruce St., Philadelphia

Keynote: 7:30-8:30am
Robert Aronowitz, M.D., Professor & Chair, History and Sociology of Science,
University of Pennsylvania
“Do not delay”: early detection campaigns before mammography

Session One: 9am-9:50am
Karol K. Weaver, Associate Professor of History/Women’s Studies,
Susquehanna University
“That Awful Business”: Female Death Workers in Nineteenth-Century

Carol-Ann Farkas, PhD, Associate Professor of English
MCPHS University
Constructing the “Lady Doctor”: Femininity and Female Professionalization
in the Popular Press of the Late Nineteenth-Century

Session Two: 10am-11am
Gina M. Greene, Ph.D. , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society
University of Pennsylvania
Architecture in Utero: From Maternity Ward to Maternal Environment at the
Prentice Women’s Hospital (1975-1985)

Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
and History, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
“The Maternal Body in U.S. History:  Discipline, Fragmentation, and the
Potential for Empowerment”

Susan E. Klepp, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of History, Temple University
“The Pregnant Revolution: Women and Fertility in the New Nation”

Session Three: 11:10am-12pm
Carrie Adkins, Ph.D., Instructor, University of Oregon
This Is Catharine Macfarlane’s Life: Gender and Power in Twentieth-Century
American Medicine

Mary M. Mahoney, Ph.D. Student in History, University of Connecticut
“Taking a Literary Pulse: Ruth Tews and the Mystery of Bibliotherapy.”

***LUNCH*** 12:10-1:15pm

Session Four: 1:20-2:10pm
Kelly O’Reilly, Ph.D.  Student in History, Vanderbilt University
“Doctor-less” Birth Control: Bringing Birth Control to California’s
Migrant Workers, 1939-1942

Jennifer Fraser, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto
“From Nuns to Natives”: The Postcolonial History of the Cytopipette,”


Pennsylvania Hospital is an approved provider of continuing nursing
education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by
the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on accreditation.

There is no conflict of interest on the part of any presenter. There is no
commercial support for this educational offering.  4.5 Nursing contact
hours will be awarded to nurses attending this program in its entirety and
submitting an evaluation for the program.

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