Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The SPHHS and the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network, in partnership with the New England Public Health Training Center, welcome Loretta Ross, activist and co-founder of the Reproductive Justice Movement, for a conversation on human rights and public health, reproductive health justice, and white supremacy. The webinar is part of a series of virtual conversations related to racism as a public health crisis, and the first of three featuring Ross, a visiting associate professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College.
The webinar series will cover topics such as COVID-19 and Health Inequities, the Digital Divide and Public Health, Reproductive Health Justice, and Intergenerational Conversations on the future and equity. The conversations will replace the biannual in-person Health Equity Summit, which has been rescheduled to September 24, 2021.
About Loretta Ross:
Loretta Ross is a Visiting Associate Professor at Smith College in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender for the 2019-2021 academic years.
She started her career in activism and social change in the 1970s, working at the National Football League Players’ Association, the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the National Organization for Women (NOW), the National Black Women’s Health Project, the Center for Democratic Renewal (National Anti-Klan Network), the National Center for Human Rights Education, and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, until retiring as an organizer in 2012 to teach about activism. Her passion transforms anger into social justice to change the world.
Her most recent books are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction co-written with Rickie Solinger, and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique, both published in 2017. Her forthcoming book is Calling In the Calling Out Culture: Detoxing Our Movement.
She has appeared on CNN, BET, "Lead Story," "Good Morning America," "The Donahue Show," the National Geographic Channel, and "The Charlie Rose Show.” She has been quoted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, among others.
Her activism began as a rape and incest survivor as a teen mother. She graduated college at age 55. She is from San Antonio, TX and lives in Atlanta, GA. She is a mother and grandmother, and an avid pinochle player. Her dream is to see Venus and Serena Williams play tennis in person.