Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Puertorriqueña Power and Testimonio: Puerto Rican Women's Fight for Reproductive Freedom in the 1930s through the 1970s
by Martinez, Bianca Noelle, M.A., University of California, San Diego, 2018, 119; 10837874
Abstract (Summary)

This research is on the ways Puerto Rican women fought for their reproductive justice. It covers the years 1930 through to the 1980s on the island of Puerto Rico and the city of New York. The fight was not always won in the streets or in the courts but also through everyday struggles to survive. There were multiple forms of resistance used in order to fight for control of their own bodies and for the lives of their children. Reproductive justice is not limited to the right to have or not have children but also the ability to exercise choice and freedom over the children you have, over your own body and sexuality. The resistance led by these women was in all the ways they fought against oppressive forces which limited their ability to exercise reproductive freedom. The research was conducted through archival records, secondary sources and an interview conducted with my mother to learn the stories of the women in my own family and how they reflect the history I had researched. Puerto Rican women dealt with overcoming a high rate of sterilization, migration to the United States where they were met with racism and hostility and the ability to rise up and organize to demonstrate their voices as a collective. None of this could have been gained without the drive to survive.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hernandez, Jillian
Commitee: Bronstein, Phoebe, Johnson, Sara
School: University of California, San Diego
Department: Latin American Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American Studies
Publication Number: 10837874
ISBN: 978-0-438-43470-7
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