Women's Health In Women's Hands is creating a world where health care is woman controlled
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Women's Health in Women's Hands has a Pro-Woman Agenda which comes from the perspective that in order for a woman to control her sexuality and reproduction, she must learn about her body and enjoy the full spectrum of her sexual and reproductive rights.

Women's Health in Women's Hands opposes all state restrictions on women’s reproductive rights, whether it be laws prohibiting or forcing abortion, or laws prohibiting a pregnant woman from choosing work or lifestyles when lack of choice might pose risks to her fetus, or laws limiting a woman's options in the birthing process.

Together, Carol Downer, director of Women's Health in Women's Hands and Feminist Women’s Health Center co-founders pioneered the self-help clinic, a type of meeting in which women learned vaginal self-examination using a plastic speculum. FWHC founders traveled around the United States sharing the self-help clinic concept. This led to forming the Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers.

Passion Led Us Here

Carol Downer's cervix starts a nationwide movement

In 1971 Carol used a speculum, a mirror and a flashlight, to look at her own cervix. She was the mother of six children and had never seen her own cervix. Taking that step, she saw where her babies had passed through, where her menstrual flow came from, and what the doctors had commented on over the years. It was a very enlightening moment for her. What she did with that knowledge was revolutionary and helped start the Women's Health and Self Help movements.
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Our deep thanks for your support of this extremely important work.
Defender
$5 or more per month
Our deep thanks for your support of this extremely important work, and you'll receive a vintage set of The Monthly Extract.
Activist
$10 or more per month
In addition to the vintage set of the Monthly Extract, you will have access to recorded conversations with Carol Downer on today's important topics in Women's Health & Feminism.
Women's Health in Women's Hands has a Pro-Woman Agenda which comes from the perspective that in order for a woman to control her sexuality and reproduction, she must learn about her body and enjoy the full spectrum of her sexual and reproductive rights.

Women's Health in Women's Hands opposes all state restrictions on women’s reproductive rights, whether it be laws prohibiting or forcing abortion, or laws prohibiting a pregnant woman from choosing work or lifestyles when lack of choice might pose risks to her fetus, or laws limiting a woman's options in the birthing process.

Together, Carol Downer, director of Women's Health in Women's Hands and Feminist Women’s Health Center co-founders pioneered the self-help clinic, a type of meeting in which women learned vaginal self-examination using a plastic speculum. FWHC founders traveled around the United States sharing the self-help clinic concept. This led to forming the Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers.

Passion Led Us Here

Carol Downer's cervix starts a nationwide movement

In 1971 Carol used a speculum, a mirror and a flashlight, to look at her own cervix. She was the mother of six children and had never seen her own cervix. Taking that step, she saw where her babies had passed through, where her menstrual flow came from, and what the doctors had commented on over the years. It was a very enlightening moment for her. What she did with that knowledge was revolutionary and helped start the Women's Health and Self Help movements.

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Supporter
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Our deep thanks for your support of this extremely important work.
Defender
$5 or more per month
Our deep thanks for your support of this extremely important work, and you'll receive a vintage set of The Monthly Extract.
Activist
$10 or more per month
In addition to the vintage set of the Monthly Extract, you will have access to recorded conversations with Carol Downer on today's important topics in Women's Health & Feminism.