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September 23
DEI Committee Recommended Reading: Killing the Black Body

Thanks to Emelle Holmes-Drammeh, PA-C, of the Division of Academic Specialists in Ob-Gyn (and valued member of the UW Ob-Gyn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee) for this recommended read: Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction and the Meaning of Liberty, by Dorothy Roberts.

More about the book:

In 1997, this groundbreaking book made a powerful entrance into the national conversation on race. In a media landscape dominated by racially biased images of welfare queens and crack babies, Killing the Black Body exposed America’s systemic abuse of Black women’s bodies. From slave masters’ economic stake in bonded women’s fertility to government programs that coerced thousands of poor Black women into being sterilized as late as the 1970s, these abuses pointed to the degradation of Black motherhood—and the exclusion of Black women’s reproductive needs in mainstream feminist and civil rights agendas.

This is recommended reading for everyone in the department – check it out!


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