Rural Women's Health

Edited by Beverly D. Leipert, Belinda Leach, and Wilfreda E. Thurston

© 2012

The well-being of rural communities affects the well-being of those who reside in towns and cities because of rural-urban connections through food, drinking water, infectious disease, extreme environmental events, recreation, and for many, retirement residence. In rural areas themselves, women play a critical role in the health of their families and communities, yet women’s health is often marginalized or ignored. There have been limited  studies to date about rural women and health in Canada. Filling an important gap in scholarship, this collection identifies priority issues that must be addressed to ensure these women’s well-being and offers innovative theoretical and methodological ideas for improvement.

Rural Women’s Health integrates perspectives from rural practitioners, residents, and scholars in a variety of fields, including nursing, sociology, anthropology, and geography, to tackle issues relevant to diverse settings across the country. As such, it presents a national perspective on the nature of women’s health while respecting internal and regional diversity, as well as viewpoints from international scholarship.

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Rural Women’s Health  presents a national perspective on the nature of women’s health while respecting internal and regional diversity, as well as viewpoints from international scholarship.

Rural Women's Health

Edited by Beverly D. Leipert, Belinda Leach, and Wilfreda E. Thurston

© 2012

The well-being of rural communities affects the well-being of those who reside in towns and cities because of rural-urban connections through food, drinking water, infectious disease, extreme environmental events, recreation, and for many, retirement residence. In rural areas themselves, women play a critical role in the health of their families and communities, yet women’s health is often marginalized or ignored. There have been limited  studies to date about rural women and health in Canada. Filling an important gap in scholarship, this collection identifies priority issues that must be addressed to ensure these women’s well-being and offers innovative theoretical and methodological ideas for improvement.

Rural Women’s Health integrates perspectives from rural practitioners, residents, and scholars in a variety of fields, including nursing, sociology, anthropology, and geography, to tackle issues relevant to diverse settings across the country. As such, it presents a national perspective on the nature of women’s health while respecting internal and regional diversity, as well as viewpoints from international scholarship.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 472 pages
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.4in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

     ‘This volume is a rare and important collection of ground-breaking work on a topic too often ignored in Canadian academia.’


    Megan J. Davis
    BC Studies vol 185 spring 2015
  • Author Information

    Beverly D. Leipert is an associate professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at the University of Western Ontario.



    Belinda Leach is a professor and associate dean (research) in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph.



    Wilfreda E. Thurston is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgements

    Introduction: Connecting Rural Women’s Health Across Time, Locales, and Disciplines
    Beverly Leipert (University of Western Ontario), Wilfreda Thurston (University of Calgary) and Belinda Leach (University of Guelph)

    Part I Research, Policy, and Action

    1. Looking Back and Forging Ahead: Rural Women’s Health Research and Policy in Canada
    Rebecca Sutherns and Margaret Haworth-Brockman (Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence)

    2. Rural Women’s Research and Action on the Prairies
    Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Rachel Rapaport Beck (Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence), Joanne Havelock, Harpa Isfeld (Prairie Women’s Health Centre of Excellence), Noreen Johns, Diane Martz (University of Saskatchewan), Lynn Scruby (University of Manitoba), and Jayne Whyte

    3. Closing the Gap: Rural Women’s Organizations and Rural Women’s Health in Canada
    Beverly D. Leipert, Tamara Landry (University of Western Ontario) and Belinda Leach

    4. Health Issues of Women in Rural United States: An Overview
    Angeline Bushy

    Part II Health and Environment

    5. Farm Work in Ontario and Breast Cancer Risk
    James T. Brophy (University of Windsor), Margaret M. Keith (University of Windsor), Andrew Watterson (University of Stirling), Michael Gilbertson and Matthias Beck (University of York)

    6. An Exploration of Canadian Farmwomen’s Food Provisioning Practices
    Lynn McIntyre (University of Calgary) and Krista Rondeau (University of Calgary)

    7. The Multiple Dimensions of Health: Weaving Together Food Sustainability and Farm Women’s Health
    Wendee Kubik (University of Regina) and Amber Fletcher (University of Regina)

    8. Outside Assumptions. Research with the Old Order Mennonite Women in Ontario: An Exploratory Study
    Eva M. Dabrowska (University of Alberta) and Susan K. Wismer (University of Waterloo)

    Part III Gender-Based Violence

    9. Living with their Bodies: Three Generations of Rural Newfoundland and Labrador Women
    Marilyn Porter (Memorial University) and Natalie Beausoleil (Memorial University)

    10. Intimate Partner Violence: Understanding and Responding to the Unique Needs of Women in Rural and Northern Communities
    Karen G. Dyck (University of Manitoba), Kelly L. Stickle (University of Northern British Columbia ) and Cindy L. Hardy (University of Northern British Columbia)

    11. There’s a Nightmare in the Closet! Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Major Health Issue for Women Living in Remote Aboriginal Communities
    Beverly Illauq

    12. Rural Women’s Strategies for Seeking Mental Health and Housing Services
    Phyllis Montgomery, Cheryl Forchuk (University of Western Ontario), Carolyne Gorlick (King’s University College at The University of Western Ontario) and Rick Csiernik (King's University College at The University of Western Ontario)

    Part IV Population Health, Health Promotion, and Public Health

    13. Being a Good Woman: The Gendered Impacts of Restructuring in Rural Alberta
    Barbara Heather (Grant MacEwan University), D. Lynn Skillen, Jennifer Young and Theresa Vladicka (Government of Alberta, Advanced Education and Technology)

    14. Gender Politics and Rural Women: Barriers to and Strategies for Enhancing Resiliency
    Nikki Gerrard (University of Saskatchewan) and Alanah Woodland (University of Calgary)

    15. Defining Health: Perspectives of African Canadian Women Living in Remote and Rural Nova Scotia Communities
    Josephine B. Etowa (University of Ottawa), Wanda Thomas Bernard (Dalhousie University), Barbara Clow (Dalhousie University) and Juliana Wiens

    16. The Quality of Life of Elderly Ukrainian Women in Rural Saskatchewan, Canada
    Nuelle Novik (University of Regina)

    17. The Health of Pregnant Women in the Northwest Territories
    Pertice M. Moffitt (Dalhousie University)

    18. Rural Women, Leisure, Rural Identity and Health and Well-being: Historical and Contemporary Connections
    Deborah Stiles (Nova Scotia Agricultural College), Steven Dukeshire (Nova Scotia Agricultural College), Kenneth S. Paulsen (Nova Scotia Agricultural College), Melanie Goodridge, David Hobson, Jamie MacLaughlin, Katriona MacNeil and J. Cristian Rangel

    Part V Theorizing Rurality and Gender

    19. Healthy Rural Bodies? Embodied Approaches to the Study of Rural Women’s Health
    Jo Little (University of Exeter)

    20. Women, Chronic Illness and Rural Australia: Exploring the Intersections between Space, Identity and the Body
    Barbara Pini (Curtin University) and Karen Soldatic (Curtin University)

    21. Health Policy and the Politics of Citizenship: Northern Women’s Care Giving in Rural British Columbia
    Jo-Anne Fiske (University of Lethbridge), Dawn Hemingway (University of Northern British Columbia), Anita Vaillancourt (University of Toronto), Heather Peters (University of Northern British Columbia), Christina McLennan (Thompson Rivers University), Barbara Keith (Vancouver Coastal Health) and Anne Burrill (University of Northern British Columbia)

    22. Well Beings: Placing Emotion in Canadian Rural, Gender, and Health Research
    Deborah Thien (California State University, Long Beach)

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