This holiday season, why not give the gift of reproductive justice? Browse reproductive freedom-friendly books and DVDs below, or check out our donation guide if you're in the mood to spread some holiday cheer. Over the month of December, we'll be posting a collection of books, movies, and organizations that could use your love.
Books to broaden your mind:
- Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice by Jael Silliman (ed), Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross, and Elena Gutierrez. Drawing largely on personal interviews, Undivided Rights captures the underreported history of women of color organizing for reproductive justice.
- Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, by Jennifer Block. A riveting historical and contemporary overview of the American way of birth, Pushed is required reading for any woman who ever plans to have a baby in the United States. Read an interview with author Jennifer Block on RH Reality Check!
- Abortion Under Attack: Women on the Challenges Facing Choice, edited by Krista Jacob. A collection of writings by a diverse group of pro-choice activists tackling cutting-edge issues and dilemmas in contemporary struggles for reproductive rights.
- Listen Up!: New Voices for Reproductive Justice. Atlanta-based filmmaker N'Dieye Gray Danavall follows several feminists groups as they get ready to march for women's lives in 2004.
- Vera Drake. Mike Leigh's sobering portrait of an illegal abortionist and her family in 1950s London.
- Saved!. The shocking story of just how ineffective abstinence pledges really are (hint: stars Jena Malone as the pregnant protagonist).
- O Amor Natural. Senior citizens in Rio de Janeiro read the erotic poetry of Brazilian literary legend Carlos Drummond de Andrade. Easily the most sex-positive documentary ever made.
- For more ideas, browse the Women Make Movies database here.
Organizations that need and would love your support:
- The Birth Attendants provide pregnancy, labor, and post-partum doula services and popular education style childbirth education classes to women incarcerated in Washington state. Their community education project raises awareness in western Washington communities about incarceration and its effects. Donate here.
- The Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective (formerly the Brooklyn Childcare Collective) provides legal information and social support to young mothers and their families. (Read Andrea Lynch's writing on the Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective's work here.) Donate here.
- Backline operates a toll free all-volunteer-staffed talk line seven days a week, taking calls from women and their loved ones all over the country who are in the process of making decisions, or have already made decisions, about pregnancy. Donate here.
- SisterSong mobilizes and supports women of color and their allies to build and sustain a national movement for reproductive justice. Donate here.
- Based in Oakland, CA, Justice NOW provides legal services and supporting prisoner organizing efforts to incarcerated women; works with prisoners, their families and community members on political education and mobilization campaigns; builds coalitions to create safety for women and individual accountability without relying on the punishment system; and is working to train the next generation of activists and lawyers committed to working for social justice. Donate here.
Look out for more of our holiday gift guides in the weeks to come!