Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement

ISBN-10: 0814758274

ISBN-13: 9780814758274

Edition: 2003

Authors: Jennifer Nelson

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View the Table of Contents .nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Read the Introduction . "Nelson presents the tip of the iceberg of the history of the involvement of women of color, specifically, African-American women and Latinas in the movements for rights."Conscience "This book is an important contribution to the growing reexamination of the women's health movement. This is a useful book, an interesting book, a book that tells our history."Politics, Social Movements, and The State 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, focus. "A valuable contribution." Feminist Collections Jennifer 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 politicsincluding addressing sterilization abuse, access to affordable childcare and healthcare, and ways to raise children out of povertyfor feminist discourse.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 10/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 225
Size: 9.25" wide x 5.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Jennifer Nelson is Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Redlands (CA). 

Introduction: From Abortion to Reproductive Rights
"Let's hear it from the real experts": Feminism and the Early Abortion Rights Movement
"An act of valor for a woman need not take place inside of her": Black Women, Feminism, and Reproductive Rights
"An instrument of genocide": The Black Nationalist Campaign against Birth Control
"Abortions under community control": Feminism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Reproduction among New York City's Young Lords
Race, Class, and Sexuality: Reproductive Rights and the Campaign for an Inclusive Feminism
About the Author
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