The Archives for Women in Medicine is pleased to announce our 2011-2012 Foundation for The History of Women in Medicine Fellow: Carrie Adkins.
Ms. Adkins is a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow in the history department at the University of Oregon, where she focuses on women, gender, sexuality, and medicine in the United States. Her dissertation project focuses on the ways that women influenced the developing medical specialties of gynecology and obstetrics during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In her research proposal, Ms. Adkins states: “Women were uniquely invested in the development of these specialties, which dealt directly with the most intimate aspects of their lives: puberty, menstruation, sexuality, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause. Furthermore, during this period, many women explicitly connected science and medicine to their social and political worlds.” During her research visit, Ms. Adkins plans to consult the records of the Boston Lying-In Hospital and the Free Hospital for Women, the Horatio Robinson Storer Papers, and the Robert Latou Dickinson Papers (especially correspondence with women physicians, marriage counselors, and birth control activists including Margaret Sanger), among other resources.