Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pmUptown Campus
Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to join our discussion of this month's Women, Law, and History reading group.
“Women Don’t Get AIDS, They Just Die From It”: Law, Science, and Feminism in an Epidemic by Aziza Ahmed, forthcoming Cambridge University Press
In 2004, the United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS declared the AIDS epidemic had been “feminized.” How did women come to be seen as “at-risk” in the epidemic? Against a linear narrative of scientific discovery and progress, Aziza Ahmed argues that it was women’s rights lawyers and activists that fundamentally altered the legal and scientific response to the epidemic by mobilizing law to alter the scientific consensus on who was at risk for contracting HIV. Their goal was to shift the distribution of AIDS resources towards women. In doing so, advocates not only changed the legal governance of AIDS, they altered the scientific trajectory of the epidemic.