Black Women were the Founders of the Reproductive Justice Movement

Did you know that the term Reproductive Justice was coined by Women of Color in the 1990s?

Reproductive Justice is the right to have children, not to have children, and to parent children in healthy and safe environments. The Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice created this term because they were dissatisfied with the limited focus on “choice” that characterized reproductive rights activism (mainly led by middle and upper-class white women). The women drafted a statement, addressed to “members of Congress,” and collected more than 800 signatures. They publicized the statement via full-page ads on Aug. 16, 1994, in The Washington Post and Roll Call. (Washington Post)


An organization to familiarize yourself with is SisterSong. SisterSong is the largest national multi-ethnic Reproductive Justice collective. Their membership includes and represents Indigenous, African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latina women and LGBTQ people.


What other organizations, led by BIPOC folx, do you want to recommend? Please share a comment with a link to their website or social media. We are always looking for organizations to support & amplify!


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