Manon Parry’s engrossing book, Broadcasting Birth Control: Mass Media and Family Planning , takes readers through the arguments early sexual and reproductive health advocates had when deciding what would be the best messaging to gain popular support for the use of contraception in America. Using...Read more
Decades before Sheryl Sanberg told women to "lean in" or Anne-Marie Slaughter explained why women still can’t have it all, a Muslim mother of five broke through the glass ceiling at the United Nations. As the former executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Nafis Sadik...Read more
At the start of the twenty-first century, the United Nations adopted the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, identifying human trafficking as a transnational crime. Although the world has gained awareness of the scope of the problem since then, human trafficking remains...Read more
We like to believe we are in control of our health, but well-being isn't simply in the hands of the individual. It is influenced by economic, social, and political factors as well. In Global Health in the 21st Century: The Globalization of Disease and Wellness authors (and doctors) Debra and David...Read more
How did a lone primate hunter in Cameroon spark the global AIDS epidemic? Tinderbox presents a fascinating history of colonialism and disease. Using new scientific evidence to trace the history of HIV, journalist Craig Timberg and HIV/AIDS researcher Daniel Halperin tell an unsettling yet...Read more
As the first glimpse of summer settled into New York City, we asked our staff to share their suggestions for stellar summer reading. The following eleven books encompass their replies: 1. Kingston Noir Edited by Colin Channer The latest addition to Akashic Books' award-winning series, Kingston Noir...Read more
In The Global Biopolitics of the IUD science and technology professor Chikako Takeshita recounts the history of intrauterine devices (IUDs) and its impact on women throughout the world. She takes a critical look at the research on contraceptives and the politics surrounding women having control of...Read more
In Arms Wide Open , Patricia Harman takes the reader on a fascinating journey of how she became a certified nurse-midwife. An honest and often poetic memoir, we move with Harman through several peace activist communes in rural America to a remote cabin in Minnesota, where she learns about natural...Read more
I was lucky enough to know reproductive health writer and activist Barbara Seamen before she died in 2008, and I felt her influence on every page of Voices from the Women’s Health Movement . The book contains the written work she loved and returned to often throughout her long career. It also has...Read more
For something we see and experience day in and day out, masculinity sure is a tricky business. In a collection of essays that span various countries and cultures, Global Masculinities and Manhood considers how communities around the world have been shaped by what it means to "be a man" -- and rebel...Read more