Women of Influence: The Female Impact on the Mental Health System
“There are real indignities and real problems when all facets of life are controlled – when to get up, to eat, to shower – and chemicals are put inside our bodies against our will.” – Judi Chamberlin
Throughout American history, women were among those particularly vulnerable to being institutionalized in asylums, state hospitals, and “madhouses.” Uncovered documents and exposés conducted throughout the 20th century recount the disturbing practice of committing women to institutions in response to such bogus conditions as “extreme jealousy,” “hard study,” and even “great distaste for one’s husband.” It should come as no surprise then, that women are among the fiercest activists and advocates for reform in the field of mental health over time. Please join the Keystone Institute for a celebration of the contributions made by women, from journalists to those with lived experience of institutional life, in bringing about more humane practices within the field of mental health.
About the History, Heroes, and Pioneers in the Field Series
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, we need not live it again.” – Maya Angelou
It is a longstanding value of Keystone Human Services that in order to truly understand someone, we must understand the person’s history; not only the story of one’s life, but also the experiences of one’s people over time. Yet more and more society is being confronted with gaping holes in our knowledge of the histories of certain groups of people which have been forgotten, suppressed, and even erased. In 2022 the Keystone Institute will be offering educational opportunities, open to all employees, designed to introduce our workforce to histories, heroes, and pioneers in the fields of our services. We will explore historical events, life conditions, and major figures who have served as change agents within the fields of disability, and mental difference. In our remembrance of many who have come before us, we will together affirm our collective commitment to advance the human spirit of those we serve.
Date: December 7 2022 @ 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST