Reproductive justice gives people control over all aspects of life
As Reproductive Justice (RJ) organizations, we operate under a human rights frame that all people have the right to control their bodies, sexuality, gender, work and reproduction. Reproductive Justice will only be achieved when all people, of all immigration statuses, have the agency, economic, social, and political power and resources to define and make decisions about our bodies, health, sexuality, families, and communities in all areas of our lives with dignity and self-determination. We center the needs, perspectives and solutions of people of color.
Intersections of Our Lives released new, national polling data demonstrating the intersectionality of the experiences of Black, Latina/x, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women voters. This new research explores the experiences of women of color voters as they went to the polls in 2020, the impact the pandemic and racism has had on their lives, as well as their policy priorities.
The poll demonstrates that women of color are demanding equity and change through an electorate that reflects them with more women and candidates of color running for office and a more intersectional approach to the issues that matter most to them, including access to reproductive health, ending racial discrimination, ensuring access to clean water, and improving healthcare. Women of color have experienced unique challenges throughout the last year and a half, compounding the nation’s racial awakening with the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, more than 7-in-10 women of color have been impacted by COVID-19 with Latina/x women having been hit especially hard.
Women of color are the backbone of the economy of the United States. As 22% of the labor force, women of color do the critical work that allows out our country to thrive. However, many barriers to our economic security remain and vast numbers of women of color have yet to receive the promise of shared prosperity. These disparities impact women of color themselves, their families and their communities.
The hopes of immigrant women are reproductive justice hopes. Whether to seek a better life for themselves and their families, or whether to escape violence and other crises, over 20 million immigrant women and girls live in the United States today, five million of whom are undocumented.