This field of Black girls’ and women’s health (BGWH) science is both transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary. As such, the contributors to this edited collection offer a unique lens to BGWH science, expanding our collective scientific worldviews. The contributing authors draw upon their ontological and epistemological knowledge to formulate pathways and inform methodologies for doing research and praxis to address BGWH. Each contributor draws upon these knowledges and offers the reader a way to better understand how their framing and writing can create change in the health of Black girls and women.
Jameta Nicole Barlow is a community psychologist, woman's health scholar, and an assistant professor of writing in The George Washington University's University Writing Program and Women's Leadership Program.
by Maranda Ward
About the Editor
About the Contributors
Jameta Nicole Barlow’s Writing Blackgirls' and Women's Health and Science: Implications for Research and Praxis embodies womanist health empowerment by providing a roadmap not just to Black women’s health and wellness but also to Black women’s full vitality. Everyone who works with Black women and girls in their pursuit of health and wellness, whether in medical or non-medical settings, should read this book and absorb its messages. Black women, too, whether health professionals, healers, or everyday healthcare consumers, will be inspired by being ‘seen’ in this text. Barlow has curated and convened a virtual ‘sister-circle’ of Black women’s health visionaries and innovators. This book belongs on every health and wellness bookshelf!
Dr. Barlow and colleagues have pulled together some of the most empathetic and informed scholars, practitioners, theorists, and thinkers to deepen our understanding of Black women and girls. This book is an important contribution—allowing Black women and girls to share their lived experiences in the context of their lives.
A beautifully written, raw, and honest critical examination of the complexities that influence the health and well-being of Black girls through the lens of influential Black women scholars. Threaded throughout are theoretical frameworks that center the voices of those who understand what it means to be Black and female in our society. This book addresses all aspects of our beings, from our history to our hair. It is a must-read for anyone who states their mission is to improve the reproductive lives of Black girls.
This text offers compelling accounts of the many ways Black women and girls have constructed ways of knowing out of the margins of their lived experiences. The authors gather the sum of their knowledge and experience about the health of Black women and dare to reimagine a narrative constructed in our own image. It is a crucial book in the growing library on Black women and health.
Writing Blackgirls' and Women's Health Science is the transformative paradigm-shifting collection that so many of us in the field of Blackgirls and women’s health have been waiting for. This is an enormously powerful book which will shake up, interrupt, and intervene in the staid discourses and research agendas that have silenced and/or minimized Blackgirls’ and women’s epistemologies as it intersects with health and healing practices.