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Silliman, Jael, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross, and Elena R. Gutierrez. “Women of Color and Their Struggle for Reproductive Justice.” In Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, 2004.


In this chapter of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, the authors provide readers with an overview of the history of reproductive justice organizing by women of color. The authorize summaries their research techniques and terminology used to compile the case studies in the book and explain the purpose of Undivided Rights: to demonstrate what women of color have done for their communities through the reproductive justice movement. They note that the reproductive health of women of color has been particularly hurt by racism, xenophobia, and related population control efforts, and explore how women of color redefined reproductive rights from outside a mainstream movement largely dominated by white women. The authors then define reproductive justice, a term coined by women of color activists, as the right to choose your reproductive destiny, and including with respect civil rights concerns. Finally, the chapter examines the benefits and challenges of identity-based organizing and inclusive movement building.


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