Reading List

Abortion and Life
by Jennifer Baumgardner

In Abortion & Life, author and activist Jennifer Baumgardner reveals how the most controversial and stigmatized Supreme Court decision of our time cuts across eras, classes, and race. Stunning portraits by photographer Tara Todras-Whitehill of folk singer Ani DiFranco, authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gloria Steinem, and others accompany their elucidating accounts of their own abortion experiences. review

The Boundaries of Her Body: The Troubling History of Women’s Rights in America
by Debran Rowland

Whatever your political beliefs, if you are a woman, you must know what the law says about you. Debran Rowland canvases the emotional and polarized debate over what a woman is, what a woman ought to be, and what a woman should, therefore, be allowed to do. Rowland chronicles the legal and social boundaries from a woman’s point of view, exploring the critical issues that matter to both men and women.
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Disorderly Conduct: Visions of Gender in Victorian America
by Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

This first collection of essays by Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, one of the leading historians of women, is a landmark in women’s studies. Focusing on the “disorderly conduct” women and some men used to break away from the Victorian Era’s rigid class and sex roles, it examines the dramatic changes in male-female relations, family structure, sex, social custom, and ritual that occurred as colonial America was transformed by rapid industrialization. review

In Our Own Words: Collected Recollections in Honor of Roe v. Wade
edited by Elizabeth Lake

An intimate collection of essays, letters, poems and thoughts on the subject of abortion. It characterizes the strength and courage of the women who have had them and the passion of those who feel it must always remain a legal option. From those women who experienced the terror, pain, and humiliations of illegal abortions to the strong, confident voices of those women who have had a legal option, this is a celebration about choice.

Targets of Hatred: Anti-Abortion Terrorism
by Eleanor J. Bader and Patricia Baird-Windle

This work chronicles events from the front lines in the anti-abortion movement in the United States and Canada over the past 40 years, describing major and minor crimes against family-planning clinics and personnel. The authors also review relevant court cases, laws, and law enforcement activity and provide excerpts from anti-abortion literature, news accounts, and extensive personal reflections on events. Professional anti-abortion activists, religious groups, political parties, and public officials all play a role. Much of the material consists of accounts from 190 interviews conducted by the authors with abortion providers.
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Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy
by Frederick Clarkson

Drawing on years of rigorous research, Clarkson exposes the wild card of the “theology of vigilantism” which urges the enforcement of “God’s law” and argues for fundamentalist revolution against constitutional democracy. Contrary to popular belief, these figures are usually neither nuts nor alone. review

Sex, Science, and Stem Cells
by Diana DeGette

Congresswoman DeGette provides an explosive, first-hand account of how the right-wing has manipulated public policy on issues ranging from choice, reproduction, and stem cell research for pure political gain. Her compilation of experiences from inside the halls of Congress reveal how sound-science and scientific evidence have been ignored for far too long. Everyone should read Congresswoman DeGette’s book and learn from it.”
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This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor
by Susan Wicklund

In rational, compassionate and honest language, Wicklund chronicles more than 20 years as a medical doctor and women’s health provider with a “fundamental commitment to patients and to the cause of keeping reproductive rights safe and legal,” a commitment that would put herself and her family under direct threat from anti-abortion extremists, and cause her to adopt disguises and even a personal bodyguard in order to continue her work. Wicklund’s story is gripping and poignant, not only for its numerous personal accounts-including Wicklund’s own experience terminating her pregnancy-but in her consideration of current and proposed reproductive rights legislation; in addition to eye-opening statistics (“In 2006, 87% of counties in the United States had no abortion provider”), Wicklund provides a fine resource guide for further reading.
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Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time
by Kathy Pollitt

This second collection of Pollitt’s columns in the Nation offers more lively and penetrating discussion of political, social and cultural trends from one of the country’s finest left commentators and feminist stalwarts.
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The War on Choice: The Right-Wing Attack on Women’s Rights and How to Fight Back
by Gloria Feldt

The right wing is eroding women’s reproductive rights, and America’s pro-choice majority must sound the battle cry, writes Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in this provocative work. The “war” goes beyond abortion, Feldt claims, to encompass “the right to have full access to family planning information, facilities, and products, the right to have children or not, sex education for young people that goes beyond the abstinence-only education being promoted by the right wing, and the right to medically accurate information.” Feldt assumes her readers are pro-choice (she says it’s necessary to “speak to the choir”), and for them, this book reveals how doctors are giving ideology-based information to patients, the rights of fetuses are being elevated and U.S.-funded organizations abroad are forbidden to teach family planning.
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The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America
by Ruth Rosen

For anyone who wants a thorough introduction to the modern American women’s movement, this is it: a rousing story of the revolution by a history professor who participated in its struggles. review

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