Women with disabilities are women first, sharing the dreams and disappointments common to women in a male-dominated society. But because society persists in viewing disability as an emblem of passivity and incompetence, disabled women occupy a devalued status in the social hierarchy. This book represents the intersection of the feminist and disability rights perspectives; it analyzes the forces that push disabled women towards the margins of social life, and it considers the resources that enable these women to resist the stereotype. Drawing on law, social science, folklore, literature, psychoanalytic theory, and political activism, this book describes the experience of women with disabilities. The essays consider the impact of social class, race, the age at which disability occurs, and sexual orientation on the disabled woman's self esteem as well as on her life options.The contributors focus their inquiry on the self perceptions of disabled women and ask: From what sources do these women draw positive self images? How do they resist the culture's power to label them as deviant?
The essays describe the ways in which disabled women face discrimination in the workplace and the failure of the mainstream women's movement to address their concerns. Michelle Fine is Associate Professor of Psychology in Education in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development Program and Women's Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Adriene Asch, a doctoral candidate in social psychology at Columbia University, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a Senior Human Rights Specialist for the New York State Division of Human Rights.
Michelle Fine is Associate Professor of Psychology in Education in the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development Program and Women's Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.Adriene Asch, a doctoral candidate in social psychology at Columbia University, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a Senior Human Rights Specialist for the New York State Division of Human Rights.
1. On Embodiment: A Case Study of Congenital Limb Deficiency in - American Culture - Gelya Frank 2. Sex Roles and Culture: Social and Personal Reactions to Breast Cancer - Beth E. Meyerowitz. Shelley Chaiken, and Laura K. Clark 3. In Search of a Heroine: Images of Women with Disabilities in Fiction and Drama - Deborah Kent 4. The Construction of Gender and Disability in Early Attachment - Adrienne Harris and Dana Wideman 5. Daughters with Disabilities: Defective Women or Minority Women? - Harilyn Rousso 6. Friendship and Fairness: How Disability Affects Friendship Between Women - Berenice Fisher and Roberta Galler 7. Disability and Ethnicity in Conflict: A Study in Transformation - Marilynn J. Phillips 8. Never-Married Old Women and Disability: A Majority Experience - Barbara Levy Simon 9. Women, Work, and Disability: Opportunities and Challenges - Nancy Felipe Russo and Mary A. Jansen 10. Disabled Women and Public Policies for Income Support - Nancy R. Mudrick 11. Autonomy as a Different Voice: Women, Disabilities, and Decision Making - Joanna K. Weinberg 12. Shared Dreams: A Left Perspective on Disability Rights and Reproductive Rights - Adrienne Asch and Michelle Fine 13. Smashing Icons: Disabled Women and the Disability and Women's Movements - Marian Blackwell-Stratton, Mary Lou Breslin, and Arlene Byrnne Mayerson Epilogue: Research and Politics to Come - Adrienne Asch and Michelle Fine