Collective Power for Reproductive Justice
has been engaging young people in reproductive health, rights, and justice activism since 1981. At that time, Ronald Reagan had just been elected, anti-abortion influence was intensifying, and pro-choice activists were struggling with the right-wing backlash against the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. In those years of political retrenchment, Hampshire College’s third president, Adele Simmons, launched Collective Power – then known as the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program – to work with students and other young constituencies and bring their energy and ideas into the reproductive rights movement.
Today, we are a growing, national reproductive justice organization, and our annual conference, summer internship program, and leadership building projects attract increasing numbers of participants from across the country. Collective Power continues to mobilize a broad diversity of young people, connecting with new allies and supporting and inspiring new generations of leadership.