Boston Women on Drugs - 2/16 WGS Seminar at the MHS

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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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