The annual women’s history month symposium will focus on reproductive justice this year. Join the program and our generous co-sponsors in welcoming some of the most renowned scholars, public intellectuals, and activists working in the field of reproductive justice. The day-long symposium will be held in the Cabral Center. Registration opens at 8:30 for a 9:00 am start time. The day will conclude at 5:00 pm.
About “No Turning Back: The Past, Present, and Future of Reproductive Justice”:
Equality under law and basic personal freedom—the right to control choices about one’s own health and body—has been an ongoing struggle for women over time and across the globe. With the new administration, abortion retains its place in the American political system as one of the most divisive issues despite women’s health being at stake. The GOP Platform explicitly states the desire of the Republican party to curb access to reproductive rights, and vice-president Pence has long been one of the most vociferous anti-choice politicians, vowing to overturn Roe as soon as possible. Many state governments have enacted legal measures that block access to abortion and other health services or mandate that women receive incorrect and misleading information. The shift in government and the ongoing attacks on abortion service providers and their capacity to provide safe healthcare for women means that we are entering one of the most anti-choice and misogynist times in recent memory. The struggle for reproductive justice continues to animate activists and theorists around the globe – to protect what little we currently have and to forge productive and wide-ranging social justice strategies. This daylong symposium – creatively engaging both on-the-ground activism and more academic understandings – is our attempt to bring into dialogue current debates around reproductive justice and to place those debates and political strategies in historical context.
This event is presented by the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; the Northeastern Humanities Center; and the Collaborative Research Cluster on Reproductive Justice. It is generously co-sponsored by: the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the College of Arts, Media, and Design; the School of Law and the Center for Health Law and Policy; the Institute on Urban Health Research and Policy; the Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; and the Departments of Cultures, Societies, & Global Studies, English, History, Human Services, Philosophy & Religion, Political Science, and Sociology & Anthropology.