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395 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
November 2015
Print ISBN: 9780889615700


Though we may no longer confine our understanding of women’s health to reproduction and maternity care, women’s health in Canada continues to be limited by knowledge gaps, political agendas, and fiscal restraints. This second edition of Women’s Health provides a comprehensive picture of the state of women’s health in Canada, tracing the emergence of the field and outlining some of the current challenges facing its advancement.

The contributors—who include academics, health care professionals, and policy-makers—explore women’s health in different social and geographical locations, the gendering of care work, and the ways in which research can influence health policy. Drawing on gender-based analysis and highlighting the diversity among women, this multidisciplinary collection illustrates the breadth of contemporary Canadian writing on women’s health and calls for a renewed commitment to women’s health advocacy.

This revised edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect developments in research and recent changes in the social, political, and economic context. New chapters cover topics such as wait times, girls’ health, and unpaid health care. Featuring questions for further thought and lists of recommended readings and websites, this unique text is a valuable resource for both students and researchers in the fields of women’s studies, sociology, health sciences, and nursing.

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Table of Contents


SECTION ONE: Setting the Stage for Women’s Health Research
CHAPTER 1: Women, Gender, and Health Research, Lorraine Greaves
CHAPTER 2: Integrating Women’s Health and Gender Analysis in a Government Context: Personal Reflections on a Work in Progress, Sari Tudiver
CHAPTER 3: Sex, Gender, and Systematic Reviews: The Example of Wait Times for Hip and Knee Replacements, Ann Pederson and Pat Armstrong
CHAPTER 4: Women and Heart Disease—Getting to the Heart of the Matter, Karin Humphries

SECTION TWO: Asking Which Women
CHAPTER 5: Pathways into In-Patient Psychiatric Services for Women Who Are Mothering and Living with Serious Mental Illness, Phyllis Montgomery, Cheryl Forchuk, and Sharolyn Mossey
CHAPTER 6: Healthy Living and Aboriginal Women: The Tension between Hard Evidence and Soft Logic, Madeleine Dion Stout
CHAPTER 7: Older Immigrant Women’s Health: From the Triple Jeopardy to Cultural Competency, Ito Peng and Caitlin Cassie
CHAPTER 8: Women, Disability, and the Right to Health, Paula C. Pinto
CHAPTER 9: Rural Older Women’s Health-Promotion Needs and Resources: Two Variations on a Photovoice Theme, Beverly D. Leipert and Robyn Plunkett
CHAPTER 10: The Health of Sexual Minority Women and Trans People: An Ontario Perspective, Anna Travers
CHAPTER 11: Girls’ Perspectives on Girls’ Groups, Nancy Poole, Christina Talbot, Jennifer Bernier, Cheryl van Daalen-Smith, Tatiana Fraser, and Bilkis Vissandjée

SECTION THREE: Gendering Care Work
CHAPTER 12: Who Counts in Care? Gender, Power, and Aging Populations, Katherine Laxer
CHAPTER 13: Unpaid Health Care: An Indicator of Equity, Pat Armstrong
CHAPTER 14: Where Policy Meets the Nursing Front Line, Linda Silas and Carol Reichert
CHAPTER 15: Midwifery in Ontario: Opportunities for Women’s Health Policy Research, Wendy Katherine

SECTION FOUR: Linking Research, Policy, and Practice
CHAPTER 16: Missing in Actions: The Critical Role of Environmental and Occupational Exposures in the Development of Breast Cancer in Women, Anne Rochon Ford and Ellen Sweeney
CHAPTER 17: Crossing the Chasms: Research, Policy, and Advocacy, Arlene S. Bierman
CHAPTER 18: "Our Words, Our Health": The Continuing Value of Including Women in Health Research and Knowledge Translation, Julie Maher and Sara Mohammed
CHAPTER 19: Canaries in the Mine: Filming Women Working in Health Care, Laura Sky

CONCLUSIONS, Ann Pederson and Pat Armstrong

Pat Armstrong

Pat Armstrong is a Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at York University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is the author of numerous books and articles in health and gender and has held a Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Health Services.

Labour Pains, Women's Health, Studies in Political Economy, Thinking Women and Health Care Reform in Canada, Troubling Care, Women's Health, Second Edition, Feminism, Political Economy, and the State

Ann Pederson

Ann Pederson is the Director of Population Health Promotion at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. She worked for over 17 years at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and is currently completing a doctorate at the University of British Columbia in sex, gender, and health promotion.

Health Promotion in Canada, Third Edition, Health Promotion in Canada, Fourth Edition, Making It Better, Thinking Women and Health Care Reform in Canada, Women's Health, Second Edition


"I use this extraordinarily accessible book for its readability and relevance to my students’ interests and career goals, particularly the section on gendered care work. Other major strengths of this excellent anthology include chapters on sexual and gender minority women and a keen intersectional analysis. I can’t imagine teaching without it."
—  Kimberly A. Williams, Women’s & Gender Studies, Mount Royal University

"This textbook makes the theory–practice connection clear, and each chapter addresses or engages with policy in a meaningful way. The inclusion of policy-makers and advocates as authors is particularly interesting and unique. ... This is a very useful resource, which will speak to students in a variety of disciplines."
Amber Fletcher, Department of Sociology & Social Studies, University of Regina

"This book offers a particularly accessible and informed perspective on a worthwhile topic. Its use of evidence is well balanced with an intent to bring forward the voices of women. ... This is a tremendous book, well structured, and easy to read."
— Joyce Engel, Department of Nursing, Brock University

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