"All This That Has Happened to Me Shouldn't Happen to Nobody Else": Loretta Ross and the Women of Color Reproductive Freedom Movement of the 1980s
History of Health Ethics / Bioethics
Reproduction / Reproductive Technologies
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AbstractLoretta Ross exemplifies women of color feminist participation in and transformation of the women's health movement of the 1970s and 1980s. Ross helped build a women's health movement that by the late 1980s made the demands of women of color central. This movement was attractive to many women of color who had rejected the collapse of a broader women's health movement into the abortion rights movement as too narrowly focused. Many women of color activists, including Ross, argued that the emphasis on abortion rights and choice failed to address the linked socioeconomic and community health issues confronted by many women of color and poor women. Ross's work spurred coalition building among white women and women of color that focused on expanding reproductive justice and women's health beyond legal abortion. By the 1990s these efforts had produced a vibrant and engaged feminist reproductive justice movement that promoted the socioeconomics of good health for all women.
Journal of women's history 2010; 22(3): 136-60