Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Martha Mears

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Martha Mears
Flourished late 18th–early 19th century, England

Martha Mears was a gynecologist and obstetrician. In her 1797 book, The Pupil of Nature; or, Candid Advice to the Fair Sex, she took a sensible and realistic approach to the subject of pregnancy and childbirth, providing practical information and dismissing the notion that pregnancy constituted a form of pathology.

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