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Loretta Ross

Founder, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective; Reproductive Justice Activist & Professor

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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 (Northampton, MA) 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 calling out culture.

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:

  • 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.

  • Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE)

  • Program Research Director at the Center for Democratic Renewal/National Anti-Klan Network where she led projects researching hate groups and working against all forms of bigotry with universities, schools, and community groups

  • Founder of the Women of Color Program for the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the 1980s

  • Leading many women of color delegations to international conferences on women's issues and human rights.

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.

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.

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Books
Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century)

Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century)

Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique

Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, Critique

Undivided Rights: Women Of Color Organizing For Reproductive Justice

Undivided Rights: Women Of Color Organizing For Reproductive Justice

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Founder, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective; Reproductive Justice Activist & Professor

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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 (Northampton, MA) 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 calling out culture.

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:

  • 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.

  • Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE)

  • Program Research Director at the Center for Democratic Renewal/National Anti-Klan Network where she led projects researching hate groups and working against all forms of bigotry with universities, schools, and community groups

  • Founder of the Women of Color Program for the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the 1980s

  • Leading many women of color delegations to international conferences on women's issues and human rights.

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.

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 Day 1: Keynote Loretta Ross; Calling ...
    Mar 18, 2020 ... Full Title: Calling in Not Calling Out Speaker: Loretta Ross, Co-founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice...
  • Loretta Ross Keynote: Calling in Not Calling Out | PLU Wang Symposium...
    Speaker: Loretta Ross, Co-founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
  • Loretta Ross: MC Lecture Series: Human Rights & Sexual Assault
    All college communities are now contending with the crucial issues of sexual assault and gender/identity-based violence, as they seek to raise...

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  • How to book Loretta Ross?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Loretta Ross for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Loretta Ross, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Loretta Ross or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Loretta Ross?

    Booking fees for Loretta Ross, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Loretta Ross, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Loretta Ross?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Loretta Ross for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Loretta Ross for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Loretta Ross or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Loretta Ross or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Loretta Ross is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Appropriate Whiteness and Reproductive Justice. The estimated speaking fee range to book Loretta Ross for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. 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 Rebecca Walker, Donna Brazile, Blair Imani, Kathy Najimy and Tamika D. Mallory. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Loretta Ross for an upcoming live or virtual 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 Speaker Videos

  • PLU Wang Symposium 2020 Day 1: Keynote Loretta Ross; Calling ...
    Mar 18, 2020 ... Full Title: Calling in Not Calling Out Speaker: Loretta Ross, Co-founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.
    Loretta Ross Keynote: Calling in Not Calling Out | PLU Wang Symposium 2019
    Speaker: Loretta Ross, Co-founder of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
  • Loretta Ross: MC Lecture Series: Human Rights & Sexual Assault
    All college communities are now contending with the crucial issues of sexual assault and gender/identity-based violence, as they seek to raise awareness, protect students and employees, and comply...
    Loretta Ross Keynote | Boston University
    Loretta Ross, founder and national coordinator of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, brings the audience to their feet as she delivers the closing keynote at the Our Bodies...

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