The first interdisciplinary research conference on the menstrual cycle and related topics was held in 1977, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (Dan, Graham, and Beecher 1980). In this paper, I offer some examples of what we have learned over the past 27 years as a society of feminist thinkers, researchers and women's health advocates. In particular, I reflect on some of the ways in which feminist attention to women's embodied experiences helps to illuminate and counteract the social and political forces that broadly affect women's lives and women's health. For, as women, we live, reproduce and mature in a society whose leadership, medical practice, media expertise, and influence remain largely in the hands of men, and reflect powerful financial and political interests


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