Day 15: Motherhood as a political act

A woman crosses a street with children as seen from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City, on Aug. 21, 2013.
A woman crosses a street with children as seen from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City, on Aug. 21, 2013.

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: