Feminism and nursing: Historical perspectives

Sheila Bunting, Jacquelyn C Campbell

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Abstract

Feminists have often criticized nursing for lack of commitment to women’s movements. This article addresses the contradictions and conflicts in the relationship of feminism and nursing from a historical perspective. Different feminist epistemologies, those of enlightened liberal, cultural, and radical feminism, are examined historically and their relevance to nursing is discussed. A reflexive theory, proposed by Harding, is used to conceptualize the differing responses, feminist and nonfeminist, of women and nurses, as alternative reactions to the many types of patriarchy they have encountered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-24
Number of pages14
JournalANS. Advances in nursing science
Volume12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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