Surge Reproductive Justice exists due to the contributions of Black feminist leaders. 


We celebrate their brilliance, the gifts they have given us, and strive to honor their revolutionary spirit in our work.

Loretta Ross

and the founders of SisterSong


Loretta J. Ross is one of the creators of the term "reproductive justice" which was coined in 1994. 

She is also one of the 14 co-founders of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, the first organization founded explicitly to fight for reproductive justice.

Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw

Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw is a lawyer, civil rights advocate, and leading scholar of critical race theory who developed the theory of intersectionality. 

Barbara Smith

and the Combahee River Collective

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Barbara Smith is the co-founder of the Combahee River Collective, the Boston-based Black lesbian feminist organization that penned the "Combahee River Collective Statement." 

This statement laid down the written foundations for Black Feminism, the intellectual backbone of the reproductive justice movement.  

Dr. Angela Davis

Dr. Angela Davis is an abolitionist scholar author, activist and co-founder of Critical Resistance, an organization founded to end the prison industrial complex.