Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Two Founding Mothers of the Santa Cruz Women's Health Collective Reflect on its History and Legacy

Santa Cruz has a powerful activist history, and one of the most impressive outcomes for our county emerged from the Women’s Health Collective of the early 70’s.

Monday, on the Talk of the Bay, two of the collective’s founding mother’s–Coleen Douglas and Jane Reyes– join host, Christine Barrington, and  share about the feminist vision that gave birth to a local movement that resulted in a health care revolution.  Listen in and hear how a committed group of young feminists empowered women to learn about their bodies, provide health services with respect, and challenge the male-dominated medical system. This became the seed for current day Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, with its three clinics, affordable housing complex, and a residency program slated to begin this summer.

What lessons learned are relevant for today’s young women (amidst the overturning of Roe v. Wade)? And, what can our women Elders learn for their own empowerment in health care?

Learn more about the national history of this movement through this bestselling narrative: Looking through the Speculum: Examining the Women’s Health Movement by Judith A. Houck



Friends and partners in activism: Coleen Douglas and Jane Reyes