In 1983, Charlene Eldridge (Wheeler) and I founded an independent feminist publishing company we named for our mothers, who were both named “Margaret.” We published three books and three calendars!
- Peace and Power: A Handbook of Feminist Process” (Wheeler, Charlene Eldridge, & Chinn, Peggy L. 1984. Peace & Power: A Handbook of Feminist Process (1st ed.). Buffalo, NY: Margaretdaughters, Inc.). The Second edition was published in 1987. This book was subsequently published by the National League for Nursing, and now is published by Jones & Bartlett. I also have developed a web site that summarizes essential elements of both the philosophy and the process.
- Heide, Wilma Scott. (1985). Feminism for the health of it. Buffalo, NY: Margaretdaughters, Inc.This book is an edited and updated version of Wilma Scott Heide’s dissertation. Wilma was a nurse, the thrid President of the National Organization for Women, and was instrumental in moving the American Nurses Association to endorse the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S constitution. Available here!
- Haney, Eleanor Humes. (1985). A feminist legacy: The ethics of Wilma Scott Heide and company. Buffalo, NY: Margaretdaughters, Inc. Eleanor was a dear friend of Wilma’s. Her book is a wonderful account of the life and times of Wilma and her friends! The book is still available here.
Charlene was a wonderful photographer, so we were inspired to a project that would document and honor the lives of notable nurses, and of women writers. We traveled around several states in the northeast, connecting with feminist women who we knew were doing important work. Charlene designed and produced these three wonderful calendars, which I have provided here as PDF files
I’m so happy to have found your work- via Margaret Newman’s work to the nursology blog and your peace/power theory, and from there to your blog pages, and now here.
I’m an RN from South Africa, going through a new phase of professional and academic growth. I’m grateful to you and your colleagues for making your work available in ways that can be accessed despite lower resourced settings. I guess this is simply a hello and a thank you!!
How wonderful to hear from you!! And what a wonderful journey getting to this particular spot! Please consider writing for Nursology.net about your work, and how you are using Margaret Newman’s ideas!
At the moment, having read not much more than her first two chapters of Transforming Presence (A free sample on play books!!) and the nursology summary article, I am in the very, very beginning phases of learning and applying. So far, the most obvious effect is to mentally remind myself of “health as expanding consciousness” to self regulate when working with clients in recovery and active addiction, so that I may be better present, without judgement and with acceptance of where they find themselves in the present moment. This shifts me from frustration to an acceptance that their difficulties are the method for expanding their consciousness, and I am a witness and support to the higher process rather than getting caught up in the discrepancy or symptoms or effects of any dis-ease. I find I am more available. And in the background my mind is excited and impatient to understand her work more clearly. I looked at a Rogerian scholar website (looking for the current leading Newman theorists) but liked it less than Newman’s work.
I am aware that with certain clients that I support in Ketamine therapy sessions, I have already been applying her work- working from her basis of understanding- I just didn’t have language for it.
I’m also keen to connenct with feminist nursing resources- I am unaware- and haven’t been able to find any South African feminist nursing work- except for an article on nursology which referenced an article written in a canadian- south african collaboration on decolonialism in nursing. Very exciting find!! Thank you for responding.
So delighted to hear from you! Let’s email and explore more connection!
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