With the women’s movement, an increasing number of women wanted to take charge of their own health care and make informed decisions about medical treatments.
In 1970 the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective published Our Bodies, Ourselves to give women information on sex, childbearing, and other health concerns—information that was often unavailable from doctors at the time.
Also in the early 1970s, women started their own health clinics to provide information and offer care, especially to low-income women.
By 1976 the National Women’s Health Network was formed in Washington, D.C., as a general clearinghouse for information on women’s health care issues.
In 1978 Faye Wattleton became both the first woman and the first African American president of Planned Parenthood, the organization started by Margaret Sanger.