While women comprise the largest segement of health workers, health consumers, and health decision-makers for their families and communities, it has often been difficult for women to make themselves heard. Women's Health focuses on women's health issues from multiple perspectives and draws upon research and practice that include both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in data collection and knowledge formation.Women's Health incorporates work that has been produced from grassroots investigations of women's health issues and addresses specific health issues, diversity issues, and a variety of issues previously unexplored. In an effort to exemplify alternative forms of knowledge collection, and the importance of inclusiveness, diversity, and realism when understanding the various facets of women's health, Women's Health also highlights the work of women whose voices may not normally be heard or recognized - in a way that stretches beyond the traditional parameters of knowledge-sharing practices.
Pat Armstrong is Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University. An extremely prolific academic, Armstrong is the author, co-author, or editor of over 25 books and dozens of book chapters and journal articles. With CSPI, Armstrong has published six books: Troubling Care: Critical Perspectives on Research and Practices (2013); Thinking Women and Health Care Reform in Canada (co-edited with Barbara Chow, Karen Grant, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Beth Jackson, and Ann Pederson, 2012); Womens Health: Intersections of Policy, Research, and Practice (co-edited with Jennifer Deadman, 2008); Studies in Political Economy (co-edited with Caroline Andrew and Hugh Armstrong, 2003); Feminism, Political Economy, and the State (1992); and Feminism in Action (co-edited with Patricia Connelly, 1992). In 2011, she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and honoured as a Distinguished Research Professor for outstanding contributions to the University through research in 2010. Armstrong has authored several research reports for unions, public commissions, and non-profit organizations, served as Chair for the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and appeared as an expert witness on more than a dozen cases related to womens health care work and pay equity. Jennifer Deadman is at the Institute for Health Research at York University.