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Miriam Zoila Pérez

Miriam Zoila Pérez
Miriam Zoila Pérez Gender Writer
Miriam Zoila Pérez is a Cuban-American writer covering issues of race, health and gender. She is the founder of RadicalDoula.com, and was an Editor at Feministing.com for four years, during which time the site was awarded the Sidney J Hillman Prize for Blog Journalism. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Alternet, The American Prospect, MORE Magazine, RH Reality Check and a number of anthologies, including "Yes Means Yes," "Click" and "Persistence." Pérez is the author of "The Radical Doula Guide: A Political Primer for Full-Spectrum Pregnancy and Childbirth Support." Learn more about her work on her website, or follow her on twitter @miriamzperez.

'The Teacher Wars' Author Talks Race and Gender in American Education

‘The Teacher Wars’ Author Talks Race and Gender in American Education

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on September 17 2014, 9:45AM

First-time author Dana Goldstein talks about how race and gender have influenced the evolution of the U.S. education system.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Seven Important Facts About the Violence Against Women Act at 20

Seven Important Facts About the Violence Against Women Act at 20

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on September 12 2014, 7:00AM

This groundbreaking piece of legislation has shaped two decades of anti-violence work. Here are some vital things to consider about its evolution.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Minnesota Law Provides Birth Doulas for Incarcerated Women

Minnesota Law Provides Birth Doulas for Incarcerated Women

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on September 4 2014, 8:45AM

It’s the first state to provide imprisoned women with this emotional and physical support.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

New Report Says U.S. Health Care Violates U.N. Convention on Racism

New Report Says U.S. Health Care Violates U.N. Convention on Racism

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on August 28 2014, 11:00AM

A new report for the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination calls attention to health care discrimination against black women and Latinas—and its dire impact.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

New Fellowship Prepares People of Color for Coding Careers

New Fellowship Prepares People of Color for Coding Careers

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on August 26 2014, 7:00AM

More than just a diversity program, Code for Progress teaches organizers computer coding.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Black Feminists Respond to Ferguson

Black Feminists Respond to Ferguson

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on August 22 2014, 5:01PM

Black feminists have been providing intersectional analysis of Ferguson and highlighting the ways race and gender influence police brutality.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Fat Activists Take Body Acceptance to the Beach

Fat Activists Take Body Acceptance to the Beach

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on August 7 2014, 7:00AM

Plus-sized women are proudly wearing bikinis—also called fatkinis. It signals more than just a swimwear trend.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

An Open Letter to the New York Times: Race and the Reproductive Rights Movement

An Open Letter to the New York Times: Race and the Reproductive Rights Movement

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on July 31 2014, 2:17PM

A recent New York Times article erases the role of women of color in the shift away from the term “pro-choice.”

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

 New Children's Book Series Highlights Queer Families of Color

New Children’s Book Series Highlights Queer Families of Color

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on July 29 2014, 7:00AM

A new children’s book series seeks to offer an array of queer, trans and racially diverse stories in a field that is notably lacking.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

'Crack Baby' Hysteria Returns

‘Crack Baby’ Hysteria Returns

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on July 18 2014, 7:00AM

Same myth, different drugs—and still used to criminalize mothers of color.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

A New Way to Fight Health Disparities?

A New Way to Fight Health Disparities?

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on July 15 2014, 7:00AM

To fight health inequality, researchers say we need to look at social determinants of health—things like poverty, housing, employment and stress.

Topics: Health

Three Reasons the Hobby Lobby Decision Is Worse for Women of Color

Three Reasons the Hobby Lobby Decision Is Worse for Women of Color

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on July 1 2014, 3:00PM

On its face there is nothing about this ruling that singles out women of color. But our political and economic realities exacerbate the negative impacts of restrictions on women’s health.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds

The Movement to Stop Prisons From Shackling Women in Labor Builds

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on October 4 2011, 9:31AM

Four more states passed laws banning the practice this legislative year, but the vast majority of state prisons still maintain the absurd idea that a woman in childbirth is a security risk.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Teen Moms Look for Support, But Find Only Shame

Teen Moms Look for Support, But Find Only Shame

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on May 6 2011, 10:34AM

Young mothers’ needs have gotten lost in the fever to prevent their pregnancies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth

Home Birth Is Safer, Cheaper and Can End Disparities in Moms Dying

Home Birth Is Safer, Cheaper and Can End Disparities in Moms Dying

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on April 12 2011, 10:12AM

The U.S. ranks behind 40 other countries in terms of maternal mortality, despite spending the most money per capita on health care.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

Past and Present Collide as the Black Anti-Abortion Movement Grows

Past and Present Collide as the Black Anti-Abortion Movement Grows

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on March 3 2011, 9:35AM

On more than 170 billboards nationwide, a campaign is exploiting America’s racist medical history to foster the belief that abortion is black genocide.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

Anti-Abortion Bills Surging Through Capitol Hill--and States, Too

Anti-Abortion Bills Surging Through Capitol Hill—and States, Too

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on February 9 2011, 9:32AM

The House GOP is making good on its promises, but so are state legislators. In all cases, women of color lose the most.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, Planned Parenthood

For Proof the DREAM Act's a Good Idea, Look at Cuban Americans

For Proof the DREAM Act’s a Good Idea, Look at Cuban Americans

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on December 8 2010, 9:33AM

We’ve thrived thanks to an immigration policy that makes anything on the table now seem downright draconian.

Topics: DREAM Act, Immigration