Day 4: Loretta Ross

          Loretta Ross co-founded the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective in 1997, creating a “network of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement.”  From 2005 to 2012 she served as is National Coordinator.  She is a member of the Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices, and has appeared on CNN, BET, and other news shows and stations.  In the 1970s, Loretta was one of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center, thus skyrocketing her career as a pioneer working on violence against women, and in the 1980s she launched the Women of Color Program for the National Organization of Women (NOW).

          Loretta Ross has written and co-authored several books, and has also written extensively on this history of African American women and reproductive justice activism. Her work focuses on “the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this affects social change and service delivery in all movements.”  For more information, visit her website at http://www.lorettaross.com/default.html