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2020-21 will + WGSS Speaker Series

Jess Morales Rocketto

On Fire: Intersectional Feminism and the 2020 Election
Monday, September 21, 6 p.m.

Part of Latinx Heritage Month 

Jess Morales Rocketto is Political Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, where she works with thousands of house cleaners and care workers, those who do the work that makes all other work possible, to pass legislation like the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. She co-chairs the Families Belong Together Coalition, which raises awareness and funding for families separated and detained at the border. She also recently co-founded Supermajority, a political action group to get womxn’s voices heard and votes counted in the 2020 presidential election.

Chase Strangio

Fighting for Transgender People’s Right to be Themselves
Tuesday, October 20, 6 p.m.

Chase Strangio is Deputy Director for Transgender Justice with the ACLU’s LGBTQ & HIV Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender rights. Strangio’s work includes litigation, as well as legislative and administrative advocacy, on behalf of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV. Strangio has worked on some of the country’s highest profile cases advocating for trans rights, including two cases that led the U.S. Supreme Court to extend workplace protections to LGBTQ workers in 2020. Strangio has appeared on a number of media outlets, including The Rachel Maddow ShowDemocracy Now, and PBS NewsHour.

Loretta Ross

Reproductive Justice as Human Rights
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 7 p.m.
Click here to register for the webinar

Westhampton/will/WGSS Womxn’s History Month Speaker

Loretta Ross is the co-founder and former National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. She is the co-author of Reproductive Justice: An Introduction and Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice. Reproductive Justice, a term coined by African American women following the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, utilizes a human rights framework to look at reproductive oppression, sterilization abuse, immigration restrictions, gun culture, rape culture, the prison-to-school pipeline, and more. Her talk engages all aspects of Reproductive Justice, the primary framework being used to move beyond the paralyzing debates of abortion politics.

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Speaker Series Sponsors

  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Department of Latin American, Latino, & Iberian Studies
  • Department of English
  • Cultural Affairs
  • Jepson School for Leadership Studies
  • Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
  • Lewis T. Booker Professorship in Religion
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Office of the Chaplaincy
  • Office of Common Ground
  • Health Studies Program