Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement

While most people believe that the movement to secure voluntary reproductive control for women centered solely on abortion rights for many women abortion was not the only or even primary focusJennifer Nelson tells the story of the feminist struggle for legal abortion and reproductive rights in the 1960s 1970s and early 1980s through the particular contributions of women of color She explores the relationship between second wave feminists who were concerned with a woman's right to choose Black and Puerto Rican Nationalists who were concerned that Black and Puerto Rican women have as many children as possible for the revolution and women of color themselves who negotiated between them Contrary to popular belief Nelson shows that women of color were able to successfully remake the mainstream women's liberation and abortion rights movements by appropriating select aspects of Black Nationalist politics including addressing sterilization abuse access to affordable childcare and healthcare and ways to raise children out of poverty for feminist discourse


10 thoughts on “Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement

  1. says:

    My absolutely favorite thing about this book is the chapter Abortions under community control Feminism Nationalism and the Politics of Reproduction among NYC's Young Lords in my opinion this chapter is THE reason to pick up this book This chapter describes a model that revolutionary organizations today can learn from for how to fight feminist struggles for liberation that keep Reproductive Justice and women of color at the center Although what we dobuild today will be drastically different than the Young Lords in the late 60s early 70s there are lots of lessons to be learned in that chapter


  2. says:

    This is a great book and one I refer back to frequently I rarely finish books but I read this cover to cover It's informative and somehow still manages to be fast paced and interesting the whole way through I'd highly recommend it for anyone interested in the history of social movements and it should be required reading for anyone interested in reproductive rights


  3. says:

    The best we've read all year hands down Sensitively handled subject matter very well done


  4. says:

    Informative but kind of boring


  5. says:

    sucha goodbook