Race, Gender, and the History of American Gynecology

Connect the dots on how race and gender shaped gynecology in America and how the institution of slavery is foundational to the advancement of medicine, today. In this class, you will learn:

  • About the history of sexist practices and institutional slavery in American gynecology
  • How this history still permeates the US healthcare system today
  • About the continuing health disparities for womxn and particularly Black Americans


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About the expert

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens is an award-winning historian, speaker, and author of the book, “Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology.

She is Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This makes her one of two Black women in the country running a medical humanities program. Dr. Cooper Owens is also the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution. 

Find more about Dr. Cooper Owen’s work HERE.


Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

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