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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.

Framing of Dove's 'Choose Beautiful' Campaign is a Farce

Framing of Dove’s ‘Choose Beautiful’ Campaign is a Farce

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on April 15 2015, 9:30AM

Dove is back with another ad that is supposedly centered around teaching women how to feel beautiful. Miriam Zoila Pérez calls B.S.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Society

Why I'm So Scared by the Purvi Patel Verdict

Why I’m So Scared by the Purvi Patel Verdict

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on April 8 2015, 9:55AM

The Indiana woman who either had a miscarriage or a self-induced abortion was sentenced to 20 years in prison for feticide. What does race have to do with this penalty?

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

New Legs for 'This Bridge Called My Back'

New Legs for ‘This Bridge Called My Back’

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on April 6 2015, 7:00AM

With a new edition of her classic anthology out, Chicana lesbian writer Cherríe Moraga talks feminism, progress and race.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Meet the Latina Owner of the First LGBTQ Gym in the U.S.

Meet the Latina Owner of the First LGBTQ Gym in the U.S.

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on March 24 2015, 7:00AM

Owner Nathalie Huerta reveals the story behind The Perfect Sidekick, her Oakland gym expressly for LGBTQ folks.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health

#TBT: 'Granny Midwives' of the South

#TBT: ‘Granny Midwives’ of the South

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on March 19 2015, 10:00AM

A look at the little-discussed but crucial league of black healthcare providers known as “granny midwives” who delivered poor and rural women’s babies in the South way before doctors and hospitals became the norm.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Health, History

New Law Book Could Change the Face of Reproductive Rights

New Law Book Could Change the Face of Reproductive Rights

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on February 27 2015, 7:00AM

The first of its kind, “Cases on Reproductive Rights and Justice” gives law students a new, intersectional way of thinking.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Ai-jen Poo: Elders and Their Caregivers Deserve Dignity

Ai-jen Poo: Elders and Their Caregivers Deserve Dignity

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on February 12 2015, 7:00AM

In her new book,”The Age of Dignity,” award-winning labor organizer Ai-jen Poo lays out a vision for a well-trained, well-paid pool of home-care workers that would keep our aging parents and grandparents out of institutions.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Labor

'Hey Queer Photo Project' Shows Off Dapper Asian Style

‘Hey Queer Photo Project’ Shows Off Dapper Asian Style

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on February 3 2015, 11:28AM

New project focuses on masculine-of-center queer Asian style.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Monica Jones Wins Appeal of 'Walking While Trans' Conviction

Monica Jones Wins Appeal of ‘Walking While Trans’ Conviction

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on January 29 2015, 10:33AM

“My conviction being vacated is important but it is a small win in our larger fight for justice,” says Monica Jones, a black trans activist and ASU student.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Gender & Sexuality

A Tale of Two Movements

A Tale of Two Movements

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on January 22 2015, 10:00AM

As we celebrate the 42nd year of Roe v. Wade, the capstone of the reproductive rights movement, another movement dominated by people of color enters its third decade: reproductive justice. Here the six major differences between the fight for reproductive rights and the struggle for reproductive justice.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Duo Creates Maternity Line Especially for Butches

Duo Creates Maternity Line Especially for Butches

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on January 21 2015, 7:00AM

“Pregnant butches aren’t unicorns,” says Vanessa Newman, cofounder of Butchbaby & Co., a new maternity line for pregnant masculine people.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Video: Staceyann Chin and 3-Year-Old Zuri Fight the Power With 'Living Room Protests'

Video: Staceyann Chin and 3-Year-Old Zuri Fight the Power With ‘Living Room Protests’

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on January 14 2015, 12:10PM

The poet and activist is teaching her daughter about justice and resistance early.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

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

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