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Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice

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“If you have come to help me, please go away. But, if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, let us work together.”—Lila Watson, Aboriginal Activist

Vibrant. Strong. Fierce. Undivided Rights captures the evolving and largely unknown activist history of women of color organizing for reproductive justice—on their own behalf.

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Hardcover, 331 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by South End Press
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I hate when people say the pro choice movement is made up of white, middle class women. Mostly because it is, but also because non privileged women have been fighting for within the reproductive justice movement, not the pro choice movement. Confused? Read this book and it'll clear it all up.
This history of women of color organizing in reproductive rights and justice is a good place to start if you're interested in unsung feminist struggles. The fact that I hadn't heard about the majority of the organizations in this book - who are all doing incredible work - is really an indictment of the lack of inclusiveness in the mainstream (white, middle class) abortion rights movement. WOC have really had to go out on their own to advocate for culturally specific issues, and the creation of r ...more
For any and everyone working in the health care industry. I love how things are broken down and explained. I loved learning about the different organizations and as someone working in the repro rights movement for a mainstream org as a WOC, this book witnesses and testified to my many experiences. It explained and gave language to things that can hurt.
Undivided Rights very interesting but at times very boring. This may be due to how the book is set up. First, there is a general introduction to movement accounts of reproductive justice issues for four groups of women of color - African American, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latina. Then there is an introduction to a specific grouping followed by two chapters addressing specific organizations of that group. Repeat. All of the introductions were interesting; the accounts on i ...more
Undivided Rights details many reproductive justice organizations focused on African American, Latina, Asian / Pacific Island and Native American women. While the case-study format doesn't exactly make for a captivating read, the book is very interesting in bringing up the unique needs of women of color in the reproductive health movement. The middle-upper class white model of legal and safe abortion just doesn't cut it for women who face involuntary sterilization, lack of reproductive health edu ...more
Lately, I've taken a real interest in the sexual health and reproductive rights of minority women, the past movements and the differences in reproductive rights vs. abortion rights. So this book seems a good start in laying the historical foundation for my potential work on the sexual health of women and girls. Fifteen pages into it, and I've taken notes and am learning a lot about the organizations that arose from minority women being excluded from the reproductive rights movement. It should be ...more
Lots of information, but some really good insight from incredible individuals.
Jun 10, 2009 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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