"Kimball’s remarkable book offers a sensitive analysis of oral histories by women from La Paz and El Alto; it connects individuals’ deeply personal, intimate reflections on sexuality and reproduction to shifting local cultures, national politics, and global paradigms."
— Jadwiga Pieper Mooney, author of The Politics of Motherhood: Maternity and Women's Rights in Twentieth-Century Chile
"An Open Secret illuminates with precision the logics governing women’s reproductive lives in La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia. With broad implications for understanding gender relations globally, Kimball shows how discourses about 'choice' and 'rights' fail to capture the competing impulses and complicated terrain that women must navigate, and why access to health care services is a critical component of economic and social development."
— Mala Htun, co-author of The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women's Rights Around the World
"At the heart of Kimball's study are the voices of women speaking about their experiences with pregnancy, which are curated from 113 oral interviews conducted with women and men in La Paz and El Alto....By guiding us through the complexities of these attitudes and decisions, Kimball achieves their goal: readers will likely view these decisions and the women making them with ‘greater compassion and respect.'"
— Gender & History
"An Open Secret makes a case for narrative accounts as essential data for interpreting statistical and archival studies about how individuals navigate the complex avenues of reproduction. Moreover, Kimball's use of oral history elevates the intimate experiences of women as explicitly political."
— Hispanic American Historical Review
"This beautifully written book is a must-read for anyone interested in gender equality and reproductive justice. It serves as a model for how to write a book with sensitivity and rigor, defining the politically fraught topics of abortion and unwanted pregnancy 'as human experiences.' It is a powerful reminder that what is at stake – women’s lives – is not something that should be up for political debate."
— Nursing Clio
"Kimball’s book offers a rare insight into the most intimate details of women’s lives, through their own testimony of their experience. It is carefully and sensitively researched and provides a wealth of detail on the social norms, practices, and laws and around reproduction."
— Maxine Molyneux, The Middle Ground Journal