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Feminist Perspectives on Social Work Practice

The Intersecting Lives of Women in the 21st Century

Edited by Shannon Butler-Mokoro and Laurie Grant

Publication Date - January 2018

ISBN: 9780190858780

320 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Feminist Perspectives on Social Work Practice is a contemporary look at the issues across a wide spectrum, beyond just equal pay for equal work and reproductive rights, with which women struggle on a daily basis.


Feminist Perspectives on Social Work Practice is a contemporary look at the issues across a wide spectrum, beyond just equal pay for equal work and reproductive rights, with which women struggle on a daily basis. The Trump administration's call to roll back the progress that women have made over the decades in terms of social welfare benefits, reproductive rights, and employment recognition, alongside the continuing victimization of women who have survived sexual violence, are just a few examples demonstrating why social workers and other human service professionals need to continue to advocate and care for women in particular ways.

This book aims to continue keeping the lives of women and the issues that affect and matter most to them at the forefront of the discussions about society and social services. The text will help readers to gain an understanding of populations of women that they might/will work with in the field of human services. Using demographics, case studies, and best practice/evidence-based programs, the authors collectively provide students and practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge of women from a feminist perspective.


  • Unique in its discussion of social work practice with women from a holistic, intersectional feminist perspective.
  • Features case studies in every chapter.
  • Helps practitioners address the wide variety of "isms" women face in seeking care across the human services spectrum.

About the Author(s)

Shannon Butler-Mokoro, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Salem State University. She has been a second generation clinical social worker with experience in mental health and substance abuse. Her teaching expertise and research interests are in cultural competence, social welfare history, women, and faith-based agencies and social work/spirituality.

Laurie Grant, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in a private practice (called Reaching a Fork in the Road) north of Boston. Specializing in working with clients who struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder, hoarding, and anxiety, Laurie supervises and teaches students advocacy and social work practice skills at the School of Social Work at Salem State University and North Shore Community College.


"Feminist Perspectives on Social Work Practice addresses a wide range of women's experiences with an eye toward intersecting identities, interlocking oppressions, and possibilities for liberation. Butler-Mokoro and Grant's text shows how women's multifaceted identities are shaped at individual, interactional, and institutional levels and how helping professionals can use feminist theories and frameworks to better inform their professional practice." -- Social Work

Feminist Perspectives on Social Work Practice adeptly weaves together the intersecting threads that constitute women's lives and anchor women's selves to society. Butler-Mokoro and Grant have established an impressive team of contributors who illuminate the intersectional nature of women's lives on issues like motherhood, mass incarceration, war, and aging among others. This volume is a must-read for anyone interested in feminist social work practice and its interpersonal and structural implications for meaningful social change. - Sara B. Moore, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Salem State University

Table of Contents



    Introduction: Women in the Twenty-First Century
    Laurie Grant and Shannon Butler-Mokoro

    Chapter 1: Feminist Movement Histories
    Johanna Foster

    Chapter 2: Key Feminist Theoretical Orientations in Contemporary Feminist Practice
    Johanna Foster

    Chapter 3: Privilege, Oppression, and the Intersections: The Many Faces of Gender and Identity
    Allyson Livingstone

    Chapter 4: Healthy and Otherwise: Women in Intimate Relationships
    Beverly Dolinsky, Robert Jerin, and Brandi Johnson

    Chapter 5: Mothering and Child Welfare
    Lisa Johnson and Sandra Yudelivich-Espinoza

    Chapter 6: Women and Criminalization at the Intersections
    Johanna Foster

    Chapter 7: Not So Crazed and Confused: Unraveling Women's Mental Health Challenges
    Rebecca Mirick

    Chapter 8: Escaping from a Harsh Reality: Women and Substance Use Disorders
    Shelley Steenrod

    Chapter 9: Action Deferred or a Final Call to Fire: Exploring the Health Care Needs, Priorities, and Services for Women Veterans
    Lisa Rasheed

    Chapter 10: Nothing About Us Without Us: Working with Women Who Have Disabilities
    Elspeth Slayter

    Chapter 11: Getting Older and Wiser: Working with Older Adult Women
    Laurie Grant and MaryAnn Holak