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"Nelson presents the tip of the iceberg of the history of the
involvement of women of color, specifically, African-American women
and Latinas in the movements for rights."--"Conscience"
"This book is an important contribution to the growing
reexamination of the women's health movement. This is a useful
book, an interesting book, a book that tells our
history."--"Politics, Social Movements, and The State"
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,
"A valuable contribution."
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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