The wandering womb: Women's health nursing past and present

08 May 2019 - 31 Oct



Our exhibition on women's health nursing past and present is now closed. You can still take a look online.

Women have long been seen as at the mercy of their own biology. In the ancient medical world it was believed that a “wandering womb” could cause suffocation and death. Menstruation and childbearing were thought to make women weaker and less rational than men. Rising above these challenges, 100 years ago, women secured the right to vote in the UK. At the same time, nursing was formalised as a largely female profession. Since then, nurses have taken a leading role in challenging generalisations about women’s health. However, myths and misconceptions remain widespread, while medical and social changes have altered our biology as well as attitudes. 

The exhibition addressed what is considered “normal” for women, the role of nursing as a predominately female profession, why women’s health has long been considered “dirty”.


You can still view the exhibition content online.

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