Women's Studies Abroad

Fighting for Health and Welfare——Commentary on Relations between Women's Reform Groups and the Food and Drug Purity Movement in the US

Wu Qiang
Shanxi Agricultral University
Journal of China Women’s University 2015-5

Abstract:Scholars usually consider the Federal Food and Drug Act of 1906 enacted by the US Congress as the result of collaboration between Roosevelt and Harvey Wiley as well as related regulatory agencies. By contrast, the contribution of women’s reform groups represented by the Christian Temperance Union to food and drug purity movements failed to receive attention. In fact, social movements in the modern sense cannot exist without the participation of women to ensure future progress. Expanding on this issue requires researchers to change their perspectives, as well as pay attention to women’s demands in relation to social movements so as to help promote understanding of American society.
Keywords:American women, adulteration food, Frances Willard, women’s reform groups, food and drug purity movement

Paper type:Published