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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.

14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014

14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on December 17 2014, 7:00AM

A roundup of 14 amazing women of color who’ve made big strides in 2014.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Meet the 24-Year-Old Filipina-American Who Raised $650K on Kickstarter

Meet the 24-Year-Old Filipina-American Who Raised $650K on Kickstarter

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on December 11 2014, 11:00AM

Angelia Trinidad’s “Passion Planner” has had record success on the crowdfunding platform. Colorlines talked to her about family, what motivates her, and why an old-school paper planner has struck a chord with tens of thousands of people.

Topics: Society

Femmes of Color Sound Off

Femmes of Color Sound Off

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on December 3 2014, 7:00AM

Femmes of color are using a new hashtag to build community and envision new ways to be in the world.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Why Prison Doesn't Work

Why Prison Doesn’t Work

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on December 2 2014, 11:00AM

Maya Schenwar, a journalist and the author of the new book ‘Locked Down, Locked Out’ talks restorative justice, birth in prison and white privilege in the fight against mass incarceration.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Democrats Have a White Women Problem

Democrats Have a White Women Problem

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on November 6 2014, 1:30PM

Progressive strategy often focuses on voter turnout in communities of color, but Democrats seem to be losing on the backs of white-women voters. Can they do anything about it?

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Politics

Debunking the Myth That Latinos Are Anti-Choice

Debunking the Myth That Latinos Are Anti-Choice

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on November 3 2014, 7:00AM

New survey suggests that most Latino voters in Texas think women should have access to abortion without political interference.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

A Tax Bonus for Black and Latino Men?

A Tax Bonus for Black and Latino Men?

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

The Earned Income Tax Credit, one of our most successful anti-poverty programs, is up for expansion. That’s a good thing for black and brown men working low-wage jobs.

Topics: Economy, Gender & Sexuality

A New Labor Issue: Control Over Time

A New Labor Issue: Control Over Time

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on October 6 2014, 7:00AM

In a new sociological study of four medical-health professions, Naomi Gerstel and Dan Clawson explore how control over time in employment scheduling impacts workers.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Labor

San Francisco Takes a Stand Against Abortion Restrictions Targeting Asian Women

San Francisco Takes a Stand Against Abortion Restrictions Targeting Asian Women

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on September 23 2014, 12:00PM

Eight states have passed laws banning sex-selective abortions. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently came out publicly against these measures.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

'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

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