Women and Health
Global Lives in Focus
by AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, Editor
November 2019, 245pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6199-4
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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Discrimination based on sex leads to physical and sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/ AIDS, and malaria, among other diseases and chronic health conditions.

This volume on global women’s health provides a broad overview of many conditions that impact women’s health, including social and economic inequities and examples of health advocacy.

The health and wellbeing of the world’s population matters, but many of the female half experience unequal access to information and care that increases their health risks. This global women’s health volume delves into a number of health and social factors that combine to create a lower quality of life for women.

Each chapter represents a global region, featuring three to four countries, and reviews health goals and outcomes relative to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and World Health Organization discussions on social determinants of health. Chapters are organized to invite readers to consider environmental conditions and social determinants that create gender inequities in health around the globe. Cultural forces that impact health, including environmental risks; access to health care; reproductive health; infectious and noncommunicable diseases; behavioral/mental health; and intersectional identity considerations such as religion, ethnicity, and LGBTQ identity issues.


  • Chapters provide historical background in order to help readers better understand women’s lives as they are today
  • Sidebars placed throughout the text offer insightful information that enhance the reader’s experience
  • Photographs help to illuminate and support the text to pique reader interest
  • A Chronology will provide an at-a-glance timeline of women and health throughout world history, from ancient times to the present
AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, PhD, is associate dean of the College of Professional Studies and professor of psychology and gender studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is also cofounder and research director of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. Her educational background includes a PhD in psychology from Michigan State University and National Institutes of Health-supported postdoctoral work in psychology and medicine from the University of California, San Francisco. Her health psychology expertise has focused on local and global multicultural issues, including reproductive health access for low-income populations, and comprehensive health services for victims of human trafficking.


"This is a useful introductory resource for public health and women’s studies."—Booklist, February 15, 2020

"Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; professionals."—Choice, October 1, 2020

Women and Society around the World

Women make up half of the population of the world, yet their roles in society and the issues they face differ far greatly from those of their male counterparts. In some corners of the world, women are deemed unworthy of an education; in other areas, women scientists are pioneers in their fields. This series investigates key topics that are important to women’s lives around the world, from education and politics to violence and employment.

Each volume in the series encompasses a global view of contemporary women, with chapters designed to focus on each world region. Regions discussed include North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania. While chapters discuss each region in general, specific examples of key traditions and customs help to shed light on cultural nuances among countries within each region. High school and general readers will be able to make cross-cultural comparisons, learning how views of women differ from culture to culture, how and why women face issues that men do not, and steps that are being taken to combat these challenges. A chronology, bibliography, and sidebars highlighting key women round out these introductory chapter books.


  • Preface [+/-1,000 words]
  • Introduction [+/-3,000 words]
  • Chronology [+/-2,000 words]
  • Chapter 1: North America [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 2: Latin America and the Caribbean [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 3: Europe [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 4: North Africa and the Middle East [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 5: Sub-Saharan Africa [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 6: Central and East Asia [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 7: South and Southeast Asia [+/- 10,000]
  • Chapter 8: Oceania [+/- 10,000]
  • Bibliography [+/-2,000 words]
  • 20 Sidebars [+/-2,000 words]
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