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Reproductive Justice

This guide empowers learners to engage with topics and issues relating to reproductive rights and justice

Selected Books

Catalog Link to America and the Pill

America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation

e-book and print (Floor 4 Shelves ; HQ766.5.U5 M39 2010)

link to A History of the Birth Control Movement

A History of the Birth Control Movement in America

Floor 4 Shelves: HQ766.5.U5 E54 2011

Select Films

Illustration of a a woman with flowing dark hair and blue dress who appears to be floating in water. The documentary title Break the Silence appears above four laurel wreath film festival award notices.

Break the Silence: Reproductive & Sexual Health Stories

59 min

This documentary features raw, powerful interviews with 18 diverse cisgender and transgender women about their sexual & reproductive health histories. It catalyzes vitally important conversations around sexual education, health, autonomy, pleasure, and human rights.

The Pill

60 min
Available on DVD at Milner Library, Floor 2 (call number RG137.5 .P54 2003

Featuring personal accounts from the first generation of women to have access to the Pill, this film shows how harnessing female hormones into a little pill unleashed a social revolution unlike any other in our history. From PBS American Expereince.

Margaret Sanger: A Public Nuisance


28 min

MARGARET SANGER: A PUBLIC NUISANCE highlights Sanger's pioneering strategies of using media and popular culture to advance the cause of birth control. It tells the story of her arrest and trial, using actuality films, vaudeville, courtroom sketches and re-enactments, video effects and Sanger's own words. This witty and inventive documentary looks at how Sanger effectively changed public discussion of birth control from issues of morality to issues of women's health and economic well-being.


Other Suggested Resources

this might be a good place for things like blogs, podcasts, etc.

Suggested Keywords and Subject Terms

Below you will find a list of suggested subjects and keywords you can use to search for this topic. This is not a comprehensive list, just a way to get you started searching.

CINAHL Subject Headings: 

  • Contraception
  • Hormonal Contraception
  • Contraceptives, Postcoital
  • Contraceptives, Oral Combined
  • Contraceptive Agents, Male
  • Contraceptive Agents
  • Diaphragms, Contraceptive
  • Family Planning, Natural
  • Family Planning
  • Female Condoms
  • Intrauterine Devices

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): 

  • Contraception

  • Contraception, Postcoital

  • Contraception, Barrier

  • Contraception, Immunologic

  • Contraception Behavior

  • Hormonal Contraception

  • Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

  • Contraceptive Effectiveness

  • Intrauterine Devices

  • Intrauterine Devices, Medicated

  • Intrauterine Devices, Copper

  • Condoms

  • Condoms, Female

  • Natural Family Planning Methods

  • Sex Education

  • Family Planning Services

  • Levonorgestrel

  • Contraceptive Agents

  • Contraceptive Agents, Male

  • Contraceptive Agents, Female

  • Contraceptive Agents, Hormonal

  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal

  • Spermatocidal Agents

  • Contraceptives, Oral, Sequential

  • Norethynodrel