Loretta Ross is a founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, a network created in 1997 consisting of 80 women of color and allied organizations that work on reproductive justice issues. In 2003, Loretta received an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree from Arcadia University. Loretta was national co-director of the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history with more than one million participants. From 1996-2004, she was the founder and executive director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an expert on human rights, women’s issues, diversity issues, hate groups and right-wing organizations.
She co-authored "Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice" (South End Press) with Jael Silliman, Marlene Fried, and Elena Gutierrez. Ms. Ross is presently writing a book on reproductive rights entitled "Black Abortion" and editing an anthology about reproductive justice.
Loretta was one of the first African American women to direct the first rape crisis center in the United States in the 1970s. From 1985 to 1989, she served as the director of Women of Color Programs for the National Organization for Women, organizing the first national conference on Women of Color and Reproductive Rights in 1987. Prior to developing NCHRE in 1996, she served as the national program research director for the Atlanta-based Center for Democratic Renewal (CDR) (formerly the National Anti-Klan Network) from 1990 to 1995 and program director of the National Black Women’s Health Project from 1989-1990. She has appeared as a commentator on Pacifica News Service, "Good Morning America," "The Donahue Show," "The Charlie Rose Show," CNN, and BET.
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