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Oct 25 2023

Dr. Felicia Kornbluh: “A Woman’s Life is a Human Life: My Mother, Our Neighbor, and the Journey from Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice”

October 25, 2023

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM America/Chicago


UH 1250 and Zoom


601 S. Morgan, Chicago, IL 60607

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Join us for a book discussion on reproductive justice with historian Felicia Kornbluh. A Woman's Life Is a Human Life: My Mother, Our Neighbor, and the Journey from Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice is the story of two movements in New York that transformed the politics of reproductive rights: the fight to decriminalize abortion and the fight against sterilization abuse, which happened disproportionately in communities of color and was central to an activism that was about the right to bear children, as well as not to. The book is rich with firsthand accounts and previously unseen sources—including those from Kornbluh's mother, who wrote the first draft of New York's law decriminalizing abortion, and their across-the-hall neighbor, Dr. Helen Rodríguez-Trías, a Puerto Rican doctor who cofounded the movement against sterilization abuse. Felicia Kornbluh corrects the record to show how grassroots action overcame the odds to create policy change--and how it might work today.

Dr. Felicia Kornbluh (she/they) is a writer, activist, and professor who specializes in the histories of feminism, gender, social welfare, and reproductive politics. Kornbluh is Professor of History and of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and affiliated faculty member in Jewish Studies, at the University of Vermont.



Gender and Women's Studies

Date posted

Oct 20, 2023

Date updated

Oct 20, 2023