Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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 politics—including addressing sterilization abuse, access to affordable childcare and healthcare, and ways to raise children out of poverty—for feminist discourse.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A valuable contribution.”
-Feminist Collections

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“A very fresh and strong contribution to emerging scholarship on the history of reproductive rights activism in the U.S.”
-Loretta Ross,Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education

“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

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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814758274
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 1,434,847
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Nelson is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Redlands in California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: From Abortion to Reproductive Rights 1
1 "Let's hear it from the real experts": Feminism and the Early Abortion Rights Movement 21
2 "An act of valor for a woman need not take place inside of her": Black Women, Feminism, and Reproductive Rights 55
3 "An instrument of genocide": The Black Nationalist Campaign against Birth Control 85
4 "Abortions under community control": Feminism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Reproduction among New York City's Young Lords 113
5 Race, Class, and Sexuality: Reproductive Rights and the Campaign for an Inclusive Feminism 133
Conclusion 179
Notes 191
Index 221
About the Author 225
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