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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.

Undivided Rights presents a fr
Paperback, 331 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by South End Press
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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
Dec 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
really helpful in terms of building a history and historical intervention into the long work and history of womxn of color organizing that we are all so, so indebted to. concretely lifted up lovely frameworks specific to these groups. also was really fascinated by the work this text did to interrogate the ways that women of color have worked within, concurrently, and outside of more mainstream reproductive rights groups. a little repetitive/contradictory at times. wish this text had done more wo ...more
Joe Xtarr
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. You'll learn something in every chapter. Easy to read, and engaging. I didn't want it to end. Women of color are the true revolutionaries, and we need to learn from them and trust them to show us the way out of Capitalism. This work is a great tribute to those women. They understand that women's health care is about much more than just birth control and abortions. You'll learn a lot from this book.
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
A good, informative overview on different organizations founded by women of color during the late twentieth century. Although I could've easily done without the way it was structured. Felt a little repetitive. But I'm a weirdo who hates going through the motions.
Joy Messinger
An essential primer on the reproductive justice movement, as it centers the histories and experiences of women of color.
this took forever for me to read because i can only read about forced sterilization so many times and definitely not right before bed but that being said it's an incredible and thorough read with a lot of important history and critiques (like better including LGBT/queer repro concerns). anyone with an interest in reproductive justice should check it out
Sep 23, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lots of information, but some really good insight from incredible individuals.
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Loretta J. Ross is a Visiting Professor of Practice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University teaching "Reproductive Justice Theory and Practice" and "Race and Culture in the U.S." for the 2018-2019 academic year. Previously, she was a Visiting Professor at Hampshire College in Women's Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year teaching "White Supremacy in the Age of Trump." ...more

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