Article ID: CBB068912434

English and French Women Doctors in International Debates on birth control (1920–1935) (2018)


This paper focuses on the roles played by English and French women doctors in international debates about birth control (1920-1935). It highlights the concrete impact of different national policies relating to family and reproductive health on women doctors’ stances on birth control. It shows the significant role of English medical women in the practical aspects of birth control and the reluctance of French female doctors to engage with issues revolving around reproduction. It argues that English women doctors were among the leaders in the process of medicalisation of birth control at international conferences due to their practical experience and expertise in birth control acquired at the national level.

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Authors & Contributors
Dyck, Erika
Healey, Jenna Caitlin
Oren-Magidor, Daphna
Theresa L. Tyers
Barmpouti, Alexandra
Rusterholz, Caroline
Cross-national interaction
Birth control; contraception; sterilization
Science and gender
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, late
17th century
Early modern
Great Britain
Alberta, Canada
United States
Royal Society of London
Académie des Sciences, Paris
World Health Organization (WHO)
Académie Royale des Sciences (France)
Observatoire de Paris

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