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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 wo 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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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 wo 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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  1. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    My absolutely favorite thing about this book is the chapter "Abortions under community control": Feminism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Reproduction among NYC's Young Lords. in my opinion, this chapter is THE reason to pick up this book. This chapter describes a model that revolutionary organizations today can learn from for how to fight feminist struggles for liberation that keep Reproductive Justice (and women of color) at the center. Although what we do/build today will be drastically dif My absolutely favorite thing about this book is the chapter "Abortions under community control": Feminism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Reproduction among NYC's Young Lords. in my opinion, this chapter is THE reason to pick up this book. This chapter describes a model that revolutionary organizations today can learn from for how to fight feminist struggles for liberation that keep Reproductive Justice (and women of color) at the center. Although what we do/build today will be drastically different than the Young Lords in the late 60s early 70s, there are lots of lessons to be learned in that chapter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carly Fabian

    This is a great book and one I refer back to frequently. I rarely finish books, but I read this cover to cover. It's informative and somehow still manages to be fast-paced and interesting the whole way through. I'd highly recommend it for anyone interested in the history of social movements, and it should be required reading for anyone interested in reproductive rights!

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    Jessica

    The best we've read all year, hands down. Sensitively handled subject matter; very well done.

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    Sarah

    Informative, but kind of boring

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