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Reproductive Health and Political Fundraising with Gretchen Sisson, Ph.D.

It’s important that, as women, we fight for our rights to reproductive health and one of the ways to do that is through our political fundraising. This week’s episode 33 of How Women Inspire Podcast is about reproductive health and political fundraising!

In this episode of How Women Inspire Podcast, Julie Castro Abrams and Gretchen Sisson share the importance of understanding the data behind reproductive health and where it’s headed in the future. They also discuss actionable steps you can take right now to put your dollars to work for the values you hold dear to you.

Gretchen Sisson, Ph.D., is a qualitative sociologist whose research focuses on social constructions of parenthood, specifically examining abortion and pregnancy decision-making, teen pregnancy and young parenthood, infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, and adoption and birth/first motherhood. She is the lead investigator for ANSIRH's Abortion Onscreen program, which examines the representation of abortion on American film and television and the impact of such portrayals.

Dr. Sisson also studies adoption within the context of the reproductive health and justice movements and is working on a book about contemporary first motherhood. She serves on the Boards of Directors for WDN Action (a sister organization of the Women Donors Network) and Emerge America. She received her BA from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Boston College.

Some of the talking points Julie and Gretchen go over in this episode include:

  • Why so many institutions have not historically funded reproductive work.

  • How adoption doesn’t work in the discussions around reproductive health and the data behind that.

  • Where politics fits into reproductive work and why it’s an important part.

  • How to put your political donations to work so that you can see the results you want.

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