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I just wanted to say how great it has been being in this class and how much I learned, and saw how much more I still need to learn. Being one of two guys in the class, I did not know what to expect and really just wanted to listen. But everyone has been so receptive to any comments I have made in class, and Dr. Foster has obviously been very helpful. As a¬†Global Health minor I have seen how structurally, and physically obviously, violent heteropatriarchy can be. This class demonstrated to me how violent it is in terms of maternal health, as this is a topic that is glossed over in a lot of my classes. We saw how pervasive in daily life it was for someone as strong as Monique. We saw in various presentations how government’s obstinance can cause major problems in terms of contraception and abortion, just to name one of the many examples people gave to demonstrate structural violence against women in terms of maternal health. Overall, this class demonstrated to me how urgent the issue of maternal health is in many parts of the world, and in many instances in the United States. But also all the little things we can do to help the cause like raising awareness or getting involved with the Safe Motherhood movement. Thanks again and good luck to all in your future endeavors!

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