Reproductive Politics in the United States

A photographA mural painted on a wall features a body of water in which an African-American boy and a Caucasian girl stand.  The image of a woman surrounded by children is next to them. of a pregnant woman, in a blue shirt, holds her belly.

This mural was designed by women imprisoned at Riker's Island, a jail in New York City, and was painted by the women's children on a wall in East Harlem. In addition, the children designed a mural that the mothers then painted inside a building at Rikers. Read more about the project, If Walls Could Talk. (Image courtesy of Matt Green on Flickr. CC NC-BY-SA.)


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In this seminar, we will explore the significance of struggles over reproductive rights in the United States. Throughout the course, we will ask such questions as: What is reproductive freedom and why has attaining it been so central to women's liberation movements? Why have attempts to regulate reproduction been so prevalent in American politics?

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Rachel Roth. WGS.S10 Reproductive Politics in the United States. Spring 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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