Loretta J. Ross Papers, 1956-2005.


Loretta J. Ross Papers, 1956-2005.

The Loretta J. Ross Papers contain speeches, writings, correspondence, organization and conference files, subject files, periodicals, memorabilia and audiovisual materials. The papers pertain primarily to her activism for reproductive justice rights for women of color, anti-violence, and international human rights work. The collection is particularly strong in issues related to black women's health. Other topics include abortion, women's health, teenage pregnancy, housing, socialism, South Africa, and national political activities. Organization files include printed material, board meeting documents, correspondence, memorabilia and notes that document the numerous organizations that Ross founded and was active in, as well as related organizations on which she collected information. They include the Center for Democratic Renewal, National Black Women's Health Project, National Women Health Network, National Center for Human Rights Education, National Organization for Women, Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights, American Friends Service Committee, International Council of African Women, and Women's Global Network on Reproductive Rights.

31.5 linear ft. (33 boxes; posters)


SNAC Resource ID: 7811696

Smith College, Neilson Library

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National Center for Human Rights Education.

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National Women's Health Network (U.S.)

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Women's health advocacy organization. Founded at the height of second wave feminism, the National Women's Health Network was an outgrowth of informal groups of women sharing their experiences. The idea for an organization that would enable women to influence health policy was hatched in the fall of 1974 by Barbara Seaman and Belita Cowan. The "Women's Health Lobby" (later called the National Women's Health Lobby Network, and finally the National Women's Health Network) w...

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Loretta June Ross was born in Temple, Texas, August 16, 1953, the sixth of eight children in a blended family. Her mother, who brought five older children to her marriage with Ross, had been owner of a music store and a domestic worker; she was a housewife as Loretta was growing up. Loretta's father, who hailed from Jamaica, was an Army weapons specialist and drill sergeant. After retiring from the military in 1963, he worked for the Post Office and often held additional jobs to sup...

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