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The Pain Gap

In a powerful call to arms, Anushay Hossain confronts systemic sexism and racism in American healthcare.

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<club-desc-paragraph>Growing up in Bangladesh amidst staggering maternal mortality rates, Anushay Hossain assumed women’s healthcare in America was world-class. But giving birth—and nearly dying—in an American hospital shattered her presumptions and raised urgent questions.<club-desc-paragraph>

<club-desc-paragraph>Anushay’s traumatic experience inspired an in-depth examination of the women’s health crisis in America. In The Pain Gap, she shares her own background—from growing up in South Asia to lobbying for global health legislation on Capitol Hill. She also explores how and why women, especially women of color, are regularly dismissed by systemic racism and sexism in healthcare. With health crises like depression, domestic violence, and the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s critical that we share women’s stories and seek reform.<club-desc-paragraph>

<club-desc-paragraph>In a powerful call to arms, Anushay encourages women to subvert the “hysteria complex” in order to revolutionize American healthcare. Instead of shaming and silencing women, “hysteria” can be repurposed to express rage, amplify voices, and demand change.<club-desc-paragraph>

<club-desc-paragraph>Join author Anushay Hossain and host Nicole Ellis for Critical Conversations about systemic oppression and how women can advocate for their health and safety.<club-desc-paragraph>

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<club-landing-h3>Background & Introduction<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Nicole introduces The Pain Gap and asks Anushay how writing the book helped her process her own experiences. They also discuss the importance of sharing difficult stories.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Writing Process<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Books afford writers more space and time, which, Anushay shares, is both liberating and intimidating. She talks about gathering stories, including data, and earning women’s trust.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Exposing the Pain Gap<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Anushay introduces the idea of a “hysteria complex” and explains how women can flip that stereotype to their advantage.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>The Invisible Women<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>The author explains how the Global Gag Rule impedes women’s health internationally. She also laments how little we know about women, and how often women are “dismissed to death.”<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>No! To the Knowledge Gap<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Anushay encourages women to complain more, share their stories, and arm themselves with information to reclaim their power.<club-landing-paragraph>

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