Reproductive Justice: Activists, Advocates, Academics in Ann Arbor

Reproductive Justice: Activists, Advocates, Academics in Ann Arbor:  A Michigan Meeting on the campus of the University of Michigan

Join us for an innovative meeting to advance reproductive justice by exploring the intersections of activism, advocacy, and academia. To date, advocacy groups have advanced reproductive justice agendas around the country and the world. We believe it is time for academic institutions to step up to support their work by providing a forum for meaningful dialogue and the development of research agendas and applied projects. This meeting will allow advocates, activists and academics to collectively explore how we can design research informed by advocacy and generate useful and reliable data and findings that promote reproductive justice.

In addition, University of Michigan libraries will present an exhibition as part of this conference.

Birthing Reproductive Justice: 150 Years of Images and Ideas 

Reproductive Justice — the right to have children, not have children, and parent our children in healthy and safe environments — is a movement and perspective that arose in the 1990s as a broader alternative to reproductive rights advocacy focused on limited debates around abortion and pro-life-pro-choice issues. Articulated and led by women of color with a more encompassing social vision, reproductive justice usually incorporates both a framework of human rights and an awareness of the intersectionality of women’s identities and struggles against sexism, racism, homophobia, and economic marginalization.

This exhibit provides a historical context for the emergence and antecedents of reproductive justice. Given that women’s lives have never been reducible to one dimension of their reproductive health, this exhibit traces a longer history of reproductive justice, illustrating many facets of experiences, debates, and policies related to pregnancy, birth, birth control, and raising children. Birthing Reproductive Justice also explores the question of who has produced and controlled knowledge about women’s reproductive health and decisions.

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