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In This Issue:
Womxn. Mujer. Femme. Lady + Thank An Abortion ProviderShannon's Story
Patsy Takemoto Mink
We have to build things that we want to see accomplished, in life and in our country, based on our own personal experiences... to make sure that others... do not have to suffer the same discrimination."
— Patsy Takemoto Mink
Patsy Takemoto Mink was the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the first Asian American woman to serve in Congress. She fought for gender and racial equity, and was pivotal to passing Title IX, a federal civil rights law that prohibits gender discrimination in education. Learn more about Patsy Takemoto Mink and other Asian American women who changed history.
Womxn. Mujer. Femme. Lady. نساء. 女人. Nwanyi. Kobieta. Woman. Girl.

At Planned Parenthood, every day is a great day to recognize the magic, beauty, and power of women all over the world.

During a month filled with many ways to recognize women — Trans Day of Visibility, International Muslim Women's Day, and Women's History Month — we're celebrating the diversity of womanhood and what it means to stand in solidarity with women as we work to expand access to sexual and reproductive health care for all.

Check out some of our favorite writing on sexual and reproductive health care, feminism, and sisterhood by amazing women authors past to present.

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
In this autobiography, Janet Mock shares her journey to self discovery as a multiracial trans woman and one of the country's most respected activists.
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
What does it mean to be a feminist in the 21st century? Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie breaks it down for all of us concerned with equity.
Muslim Girl, A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
The founder of MuslimGirl.com takes readers on an exploration of what it means to come of age as a young Muslim woman in post-9/11 America, and the power she found in building an online community.
The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor
In this manifesto to radical self-acceptance, Sonya Renee Taylor reminds us that our bodies deserve to be empowered, celebrated, and loved — unapologetically.
Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, and Abortion edited by Karen E. Bender and Nina de Gramont
In this collection of 24 personal essays, editors Karen E. Bender and Nina de Gramont explore the personal decisions that go into reproductive lives.

Those are our top picks — what are your favorite books by, for, and about women?

We're always looking for great reads! Let us know by tweeting us your favorite book using #SisterhoodSyllabus.

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Shannon's Story
Shannon's Story
Meet Shannon: When she came to Planned Parenthood, she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. Endometriosis affects about 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, and is the leading cause of infertility. Learn more about Shannon's story.

Your story can make a difference. Whether it's accessing affordable birth control or the right to safe and legal abortion, tell us why your local Planned Parenthood's services matter to you.
What we're listening to:
A Test for Abortion Rights
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In this episode, The Daily speaks with Kathaleen Pittman, Director of Hope Medical Group — one of three remaining abortion clinics in Louisana — to talk about June Medical Services v. Russo, a case about a Louisiana abortion restriction that could gut Roe v. Wade. Listen now.
"How can I protect myself against coronavirus (COVID-19)?"
Planned Parenthood recommends steps that reduce the risk of getting or spreading a virus, such as washing your hands often, avoid touching your eyes/nose/mouth unless your hands are clean, covering your cough or sneeze, practicing social distancing whether you're feeling sick or not, and getting a flu vaccine if you can. We also recommend that people follow the most up-to-date safety guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Since the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), there has been a surge of discriminatory rhetoric and stigma against Asian Americans. The fact is, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 is not connected to a person's race, ethnicity, immigration status, or income level. We know care is much more than the services Planned Parenthood provides; it's also how we show up in solidarity with our communities. In these uncertain times, as a front line public health provider, we will continue to be here for patients in every way we can. We'll meet this challenge together, with compassion and respect, no matter what. Read more on how you can help counter stigma and support members of your community.
National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day
National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day
On March 10, we celebrated National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day by thanking providers for their compassionate care. As some lawmakers attempt to are shame and restrict them from providing care — from the gag rule to statewide abortion bans and restrictions — abortion providers fight an uphill battle every day, and they're fighting it for us. It's never too late to say thanks — sign this card to show abortion providers your appreciation for all they do.
Raiz Program
Planned Parenthood's Raíz (Spanish for “root”) program builds sustainable community-organizing teams with Latinx communities, by Latinx folks and for Latinx folks. Raíz organizers are committed to breaking down barriers to health care access in the Latinx community. Learn more from the organizers that power the Raíz program.
What we're reading:
+ Love Is Blind's Important Lesson On Reproductive Rights
+ This Was Supposed to Be Endo's Big Moment. What Happened?
+ Indigenous women face extra barriers when it comes to reproductive rights
+ The Science of Sex Tech
+ Stop scapegoating Asian-American culture to justify bans on 'sex-selective' abortions
+ She Coined the Term 'Intersectionality' Over 30 Years Ago. Here's What It Means to Her Today
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