Boston Women on Drugs
Author: Trysh Travis, University of Florida
Comment: Elizabeth Lunbeck, Harvard University
Tuesday 16 February
5:15 PM EST
Virtual Event - hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society
In the mid-20th century, Boston emerged as a laboratory for “the modern alcoholism movement,” a campaign to replace penal responses to chronic drunkenness with medico-moral treatment focused on returning white men to their appropriate breadwinner roles. In the late 1970s, radical feminist and women of color community health activists in Boston and Cambridge critiqued this system. This paper examines their attempts to create a more equitable, responsive, and genuinely feminist approach to substance abuse, and assesses their strengths and shortcomings.
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