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Week of April 29, 2013

Don't miss: Exhibit celebrates reproductive justice movement

“Stop Forced Sterilization” is from “Birthing Reproductive Justice: 150 Years of Images and Ideas,” in the Hatcher Graduate Library North Lobby display cases through June 10. Photo by Courtesy U-M Library.

Reproductive Justice — the right to have children, not have children, and parent children in healthy and safe environments — a movement and perspective that arose in the 1990s, is celebrated in the exhibit “Birthing Reproductive Justice: 150 Years of Images and Ideas,” presented at the Hatcher Graduate Library north lobby display cases through June 10.

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.

The exhibit provides a historical context for the emergence and antecedents of reproductive justice. It also traces a history, illustrating experiences, debates and policies related to pregnancy, birth, birth control and raising children.

The exhibit is in conjunction with the conference Reproductive Justice: Advocates, Academics, Activists in Ann Arbor, a Michigan Meeting, May 29 at Hatcher Library and May 30-31 at the Rackham Building.


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