Storyteller: Renee Bracey Sherman

Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice activist committed to the visibility and representation of people who have had abortions in media and pop culture. An expert on public abortion storytelling, Renee authored Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Public Abortion Storytellers and Organizations, a guide to abortion storytelling, and in 2015 she co-authored Speak Up & Stay Safe(r), a multilingual digital guide on handling online harassment. Her work has been featured on BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, EBONY, Salon, Fusion, TIME, and The Atlantic, among many others.

After having an abortion at 19, she didn’t regret her decision, but felt the weight of the shame and stigma society places on people who’ve had abortions, and kept it a secret for six years. As a biracial Black woman, Renee has experienced first hand how race is deeply intertwined with abortion stigma and fights to ensure that voices speaking out about abortion accurately represent who has abortions.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University. A proud Chicagoan, Renee is based in Washington, DC, and sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at @RBraceySherman.

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