Loretta Ross: "CALLING IN the CALLING OUT Culture - Accountability Through Love"

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm


We all know what it means to call someone out. Are you ready to call them IN?

Calling IN challenges us to address people with compassion and a spirit of inclusion even - or especially - in the crucial moments when their behavior is problematic. 

Join us for a conversation with SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective Co-Founder, Loretta Ross, on how we can achieve this accountability through love. Loretta is a nationally-recognized trainer on using the transformative power of Reproductive Justice to build an inclusive human rights movement. By understanding the benefits of caling in versus calling out, you can be the difference we need in challenging conversations.

This event will be followed by a reception from 5:30-6:00pm.

Loretta Ross


Loretta Ross is an expert on women’s issues, racism, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this transforms social change. She is a nationally-recognized women's rights and human rights leader.

Ross is the co-author (with Rickie Solinger) of Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2016 University of California Press), a first-of-its-kind primer that provides a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field. Putting the lives and lived experience of women of color at the center of the book and using a human rights analysis, Reproductive Justice provides an essential guide to understanding and mobilizing around women’s rights in a period in which women’s reproductive lives are imperiled.

Ross is also a co-author of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice (Outstanding Book Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights), and author of “The Color of Choice” chapter in Incite! Women of Color Against Violence. She has written extensively on the history of African American women and reproductive justice activism and is a member of the Women's Media Center's Progressive Women's Voices. Ross appears regularly in major media outlets about the issues of our day.

She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degree awarded in 2003 from Arcadia University and a second honorary doctorate degree awarded from Smith College in 2013. She is pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is a mother, grandmother and a great-grandmother.


Presented by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center, in partnership with the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies; the Center for Global Health; the School of Nursing; the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; and the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights.