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Price, Kimala. “What Is Reproductive Justice?: How Women of Color Activists Are Redefining the Pro-Choice Paradigm.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 10, no. 2 (2010): 42–65.


In this piece Kimala Price, a political scientist and feminist scholar, writes a useful account of the reproductive justice movement to date, describing the creating of collective identity and activist priorities within it. The author first highlights the leadership roles that women of color played in the reproductive rights movement, situating the emergence of the reproductive justice movement within a long history of social struggle. Price draws from participant observation, programmatic documents from a range of organizations, and interviews with key leaders in the field.  Three story lines emerge from her research: origin stories, opposition stories, and cautionary stories contribute to the re-conceptualization of reproductive rights. Using their own words, Price weaves multiple perspectives of women of color involved in reproductive justice organizing to offer an account of the movement. Defined as much by what they are not as by what they support, activists fight with an intimate awareness of how reproductive freedom has been limited in the past, and share a commitment to prevent history from repeating itself.


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