A woman crosses a street with children as seen from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City, on Aug. 21, 2013.
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Day 15: Motherhood as a political act


Over the past two weeks, we have discussed women framing themselves–and being framed by others–as mothers, and how that impacts their status as social and political actors.

But we’ve been operating under the assumption that the act of motherhood is not a political act in and of itself.

This week, we will challenge that assumption by looking at the politics of women’s choice to become or not become mothers. We will discuss a full range of reproductive justice issues including birth control, abortion and forced sterilization laws. Get ready for the week with this short quiz: