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Loretta Ross

Loretta Ross

Keynote Speaker: Founder of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective; Reproductive Justice Activist & Professor

Loretta Ross Biography

Loretta Ross is an award-winning, nationally recognized expert on racism and racial justice, women's rights, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how intersectionality can fuel transformation.

Ross is a visiting associate professor at Smith College in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, teaching courses on white supremacy, race and culture in America, human rights, and "Calling in the Call Out Culture." In 2022, she was announced a MacArthur Fellow for her work as an advocate for reproductive justice and human rights, and in 2024, was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

She has co-written three books on reproductive justice: "Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice," winner of the Outstanding Book Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights; "Reproductive Justice: An Introduction," a first-of-its-kind primer that provides a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field and puts the lives and lived experience of women of color at the center of the book; and "Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique." Her latest book, "Calling In the Calling Out Culture," was published in 2021.

Ross appears regularly in major media outlets about the issues of our day. She was recently featured in a New York Times piece, "What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?" She was a co-founder and the National Coordinator, from 2005 to 2012, of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a network of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement. Other leadership positions have included:

Ross is a rape survivor, was forced to raise a child born of incest, and is a survivor of sterilization abuse. She is a model of how to survive and thrive despite the traumas that disproportionately affect low-income women of color. She is a nationally-recognized trainer on using the transformative power of Reproductive Justice to build a Human Rights movement that includes everyone.

Ross serves as a consultant for Smith College, collecting oral histories of feminists of color for the Sophia Smith Collection which also contains her personal archives.

She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University and a second honorary doctorate degree awarded from Smith College in 2013. She is pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.

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Loretta Ross Speaking Topics

Appropriate Whiteness

A lecture series she created based on her work in the 1990s doing anti-Klan and anti-white supremacy organizing. It is directed at young people who want to move beyond the hurtful, hardened racial patterns of the past and live more intersectional lives with technology playing a major role in easing and crossing rigid boundaries. The lecture addresses situations of racial awkwardness and fears of “messing up.” It will also help to normalize discussions of race with a frank analysis of what to do and not to do in moving forward difficult dialogues. The presentation is suitable for all audiences.

Reproductive Justice

Exploring the term, which calls for careful attention to reproductive oppression, expanding beyond sterilization abuse to critique many interrelated issues such as population control, immigration restrictions, the gun culture, prison-to-school pipelines, and prosecution of women for pregnancy-related behaviors, etc. While RJ was created by African American women in 1994, it doesn’t only apply to women of color because it is based on the human rights framework, and everyone has the same human rights which are intersectional and apply to all. As one of the original creators of RJ, her presentation would cover all these aspects of Reproductive Justice that is quickly becoming the primary framework new voices in the movement are using to move beyond the paralyzing debates of abortion politics.

Loretta Ross Videos

PLU Wang Symposium 2020 | Keynote Loretta Ross; Calling in Not Calling Out
Loretta Ross Keynote: Calling in Not Calling Out | PLU Wang Symposium 2019
Loretta Ross: MC Lecture Series: Human Rights & Sexual Assault

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Loretta Ross is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Diversity, Women, Social Activism, Feminism, Women's Health, Civil Rights, Women's Rights, Women's Empowerment, Women's History Month, Social Justice, Health, Black Heritage, Non-Profit & Association, Culture, Female Leadership, Influential Women and TED.

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Loretta Ross is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Diversity, Women and Social Activism. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. Loretta Ross generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dorothy Roberts, Blair Imani and Maya L. Harris. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Loretta Ross for an upcoming event.

Loretta Ross Speaking Topics

  • Appropriate Whiteness

    A lecture series she created based on her work in the 1990s doing anti-Klan and anti-white supremacy organizing. It is directed at young people who want to move beyond the hurtful, hardened racial patterns of the past and live more intersectional lives with technology playing a major role in easing and crossing rigid boundaries. The lecture addresses situations of racial awkwardness and fears of “messing up.” It will also help to normalize discussions of race with a frank analysis of what to do and not to do in moving forward difficult dialogues. The presentation is suitable for all audiences.

  • Reproductive Justice

    Exploring the term, which calls for careful attention to reproductive oppression, expanding beyond sterilization abuse to critique many interrelated issues such as population control, immigration restrictions, the gun culture, prison-to-school pipelines, and prosecution of women for pregnancy-related behaviors, etc. While RJ was created by African American women in 1994, it doesn’t only apply to women of color because it is based on the human rights framework, and everyone has the same human rights which are intersectional and apply to all. As one of the original creators of RJ, her presentation would cover all these aspects of Reproductive Justice that is quickly becoming the primary framework new voices in the movement are using to move beyond the paralyzing debates of abortion politics.

Loretta Ross Videos

PLU Wang Symposium 2020 | Keynote Loretta Ross; Calling in Not Calling Out
Loretta Ross Keynote: Calling in Not Calling Out | PLU Wang Symposium 2019
Loretta Ross: MC Lecture Series: Human Rights & Sexual Assault
Loretta Ross Keynote | Boston University

Loretta Ross Reviews

  • College of the Holy Cross - Feb 13 2024

  • Trust Women Foundation - Oct 24 2022

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