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Beyond the Reproductive Body: The Politics of Women's Health and Work in Early Victorian England

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by Marjorie Levine-Clark, published by the Ohio State University Press

"Levine-Clark's contribution is... to present the perspectives of working women themselves. She has skillfully and effectively juxtaposed the women's narratives with the 'official' narrative constructed by medical men and social reformers and demonstrated significant points of divergence between them. For example, she has emphasized that working women thought of themselves as able-bodied workers, not as women incapacitated by their reproductive organs. This is one of Levine-Clark's intriguing and provocative conclusions that should prompt historians to reexamine early Victorian ideas about gender, class, and health." — American Historical Review

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