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Dr. Whitney Wood


Vancouver Island University

Gender, Society, and Health

Dr. Whitney Wood is Canada Research Chair in the Historical Dimensions of Women's Health at Vancouver Island University. Her work focuses on histories of pregnancy, childbirth, obstetrics and gynecology in nineteenth and twentieth century Canada, and she is especially interested in exploring the historical roots of current healthcare inequities, particularly as these relate to the treatment of women's pain.

Her current projects include a SSHRC Insight Development Grant-funded study, "Changing Childbirth in Postwar Canada, 1945-2000", and new research into histories of pelvic health care, feminist health activism, and pelvic pain in late-twentieth century Canada.

Area of Research Expertise
History; Obstetrics; Gynecology; Childbirth; Pain