Evolution and Women’s Lives

Wenda Trevathan

Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers

Nicole Taylor, Director of Scholar Programs, holding the 2012 J. I. Staley Prize Winning BookNicole Taylor, Director of Scholar Programs, holding the 2012 J. I. Staley Prize Winning BookNicole Taylor, Director of Scholar Programs, holding the 2012 J. I. Staley Prize Winning Book

Have women today inherited legacies from our ancient ancestors that impact our lives? In almost every way imaginable, our experiences with adolescence, pregnancy, birth, nursing, sexuality, and menopause have little in common with what is believed to have been the experience of our ancestors. The view from evolutionary medicine suggests that what is regarded as “normal” reproductive health for contemporary women may not be the norm for the species as a whole. In this presentation, biological anthropologist Wenda Trevathan discusses the evolutionary view of women’s lives from puberty through motherhood to grand-motherhood, reflecting on the relevance of this perspective for women living today.

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