Minority women and advocacy for women's health

S. K. Kumanyika, C. B. Morssink, Marion Nestle

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Abstract

US minority health issues involve racial/ethnic disparities that affect both women and men. However, women's health advocacy in the United States does not consistently address problems specific to minority women. The underlying evolution and political strength of the women's health and minority health movements differ profoundly. Women of color comprise only one quarter of women's health movement constituents and are, on average, socioeconomically disadvantaged. Potential alliances may be inhibited by vestiges of historical racial and social divisions that detract from feelings of commonality and mutual support. Nevertheless, insufficient attention to minority women's issues undermines the legitimacy of the women's health movement and may prevent important advances that can be achieved only when diversity is fully considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1383-1388
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume91
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2001

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Kumanyika, S. K., Morssink, C. B., & Nestle, M. (2001). Minority women and advocacy for women's health. American Journal of Public Health, 91(9), 1383-1388.

Minority women and advocacy for women's health. / Kumanyika, S. K.; Morssink, C. B.; Nestle, Marion.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 91, No. 9, 2001, p. 1383-1388.

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Kumanyika, SK, Morssink, CB & Nestle, M 2001, 'Minority women and advocacy for women's health', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 91, no. 9, pp. 1383-1388.
Kumanyika, S. K. ; Morssink, C. B. ; Nestle, Marion. / Minority women and advocacy for women's health. In: American Journal of Public Health. 2001 ; Vol. 91, No. 9. pp. 1383-1388.
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