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Reproductive Justice is a first-of-its-kind primer providing a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field. Written by two legendary scholar-activists, Reproductive Justice introduces students to an intersectional analysis of race, class, and gender politics. Clearly showing how reproductive justice is a political movement of reproductive rights and social justice, the authors illuminate how, for example, a low-income, physically -disabled woman, living in West Texas with no viable public transportation, no healthcare clinic, and no living-wage employment opportunities, faces a complex web of structural obstacles as she contemplates her sexual and reproductive intentions. Putting the lives and lived experience of women of color at the center of the book, and using a human rights analysis, the authors show how reproductive justice is significantly different from the pro-choice/anti-abortion debates that have long-dominated the headlines and mainstream political conflict. In a period in which women’s reproductive lives are imperiled, Reproductive Justice provides an essential guide to understanding and mobilizing around women’s rights in the 21st century.
Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century Series publishes works that explore the contours and content of reproductive justice. The series will include primers intended for students and those new to reproductive justice as well as books of original research to continue to further knowledge and impact society. Learn more at www.ucpress.edu/go/reproductivejustice.
Loretta J. Ross is a co-founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collaborative, and co-created the theory of Reproductive Justice in 1994. She has appeared on CNN and in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today on women's issues, hate groups, and human rights.
Rickie Solinger is an historian and a curator, and author or editor of books about reproductive politics including Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade and Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States.
"Controlling reproduction and the bodies of women seems to be the first step in every hierarchy. That's why reproductive justice—women with power over our own bodies—is the crucial first step toward any democracy and any justice." —Gloria Steinem
“A wonderful new primer. Solinger and Ross have written a simultaneously sophisticated and accessible book for scholars, students, activists, and practitioners. “ -- Patrick Anderson, University of California, San Diego