Declared Insane for Speaking Up: The Dark American History of Silencing Women Through Psychiatry

By Kathleen McCarthy posted 08-24-2021 16:53


“On a hot summer’s night in June 1860, the heavy door of the insane asylum clanged shut behind Elizabeth Packard and she felt all hope desert her. Because she was not mad. She was merely independent. Yet according to 19th century psychiatry, female independence was madness. … The received medical wisdom of the age was that assertive, ambitious women were unnatural, and therefore sick.”





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