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    Women In the West Lecture

    The Woman's Educational Society’s (WES) endowment was established in 1989 with the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the WES. The endowment supports the annual lecture "Women in the West."

    2019-2020 Women In the West Lecture

    “The Movement for Reproductive Justice: Empowering Women of Color through Social Activism” by Pat Zavella, Professor Emerita

    This talk discusses the social movement for reproductive justice, which has a 30-year history and engages in grassroots organizing, culture shift work, and policy advocacy, led by women of color throughout the United States. This movement simultaneously uses the framing of intersectionality and human rights while also working with racially specific organizations. Zavella explores the following questions: What does empowerment mean to marginalized, racialized women? And how does their participation in the movement for reproductive justice contribute to their empowerment?  Zavella argues that in the current political era in which the war on women and targeting of immigrants seems particularly egregious, the movement for reproductive justice offers a model for multi-scalar politics that are fluid in relation to shifting conservative agendas and disparagement of racial groups.

    Patricia Zavella is an anthropologist and Professor Emerita of Latin American and Latina/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has published extensively in Chicanx-Latinx studies and feminist studies on issues related to poverty, family, sexuality, work, transnational migration, and social activism. Her forthcoming book is Our Bodies, Our Rights: Empowering Women of Color Through the Movement for Reproductive Justice, to be published by New York University Press.

    Lunch Lecture: Noon, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Gaylord Hall, main floor of Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.       

    *Admission: $5 Registration Fee*   Space is limited to 100 registrants

    To make a reservation, please call (719) 389-6334 or e-mail

    Reservations are required by the Friday before the luncheon.                                     

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