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7 Shows to Listen to this Women’s History Month
Mar28

7 Shows to Listen to this Women’s History Month

We’re knee deep in Women’s History Month and at Making Contact we’re celebrating the best way we know how: highlighting the stories of women making change and fighting for a better future for ourselves and all those around us along the way.  Check out these stories from Making Contact featuring the often untold stories impacting women everyday: 1.Don’t Let Them See You Bleed: PERIOD From period stigma to the unfair tax on...

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Reproductive Justice: The Ongoing Struggle for Bodily Autonomy (Encore)
Mar20

Reproductive Justice: The Ongoing Struggle for Bodily Autonomy (Encore)

Today we share excerpts from “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” a documentary filled with stories that still resonate today as women face new challenges around reproductive rights and sexual violence.  The documentary tells the stories of the activists of the Women’s Liberation Movement that gained traction in the late 1960s and led to social and policy changes that set women on a path towards equality and reproductive...

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The Feminist Birth of the Home Pregnancy Test
Feb28

The Feminist Birth of the Home Pregnancy Test

In 1965 Margaret Crane was a young designer creating packaging for a pharmaceutical company. Looking at the rows of pregnancy tests she thought, “Well, women could do that at home!” and so she made it a reality for potentially pregnant people to be able to know about and take control of their own lives and bodies.  But while the design of the prototype was simple, Crane faced the issues we continue to fight when it comes to...

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Criminalized Survival
Jul26

Criminalized Survival

Journalist Natalie Pattillo and filmmaker Daniel A. Nelson created the documentary film And So I Stayed to raise awareness about criminalized survival, the criminal justice system’s long practice of imprisoning survivors of intimate partner violence when they fight back against their abusers. Pattillo, herself a survivor, followed the stories of Kim Dadou Brown, Tanisha Davis and Nikki Addimando, women imprisoned for killing their...

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Revolutionary Mothering (Encore)
Jun28

Revolutionary Mothering (Encore)

In the mid 1990s, the Reproductive Justice movement was formed by Black and indigenous women as a response to the limitations of the “reproductive rights” movement. Movement leaders argue, “rarely do we find ourselves fighting for just one aspect of reproductive justice such as abortion rights” – SisterSong. Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, scholar and writer, joined us to talk about her book Revolutionary...

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Well Nourished: How Mutual Aid is Transforming Food Security for Single Moms in Ohio (Encore)
May31

Well Nourished: How Mutual Aid is Transforming Food Security for Single Moms in Ohio (Encore)

Federal food programs, like WIC, face big changes coming out of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. Meanwhile, a single moms collective in Ohio holds it down for the single pregnant and parenting people in their community. Motherful’s resource pantry serves their 325-strong membership out of a garage three times a week.  We talk to members and founders to learn what’s it’s like to participate,...

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