Nelson, Jennifer.

Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement. - 1 - New York : NYU Press, 2003. - 1 online resource (237 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: From Abortion to Reproductive Rights; 1 "Let's hear it from the real experts": Feminism and the Early Abortion Rights Movement; 2 "An act of valor for a woman need not take place inside of her": Black Women, Feminism,and Reproductive Rights; 3 "An instrument of genocide": The Black Nationalist Campaignagainst Birth Control; 4 "Abortions under community control": Feminism, Nationalism, and the Politicsof Reproduction among New York City'sYoung Lords; 5 Race, Class, and Sexuality: Reproductive Rights and theCampaign for an Inclusive Feminism; Conclusion NotesIndex; About the Author

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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Feminism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Minority women -- United States -- Social conditions.
Reproductive rights -- United States -- History -- 20th century.


Electronic books.

HQ766.5.U5 N45 2003

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