Maternal Deaths in the United States and Reclaiming Feminist Intersectionality


Generally, anthropology focuses on global issues, particularly regarding discussions focusing on maternal death rates. However, I want take a step back and focus on rates of maternal death in the United States – the richest country in the world.

I hope to provide a contrast between the liberal feminism that is controlling discourse and true intersectionality.

Women in the United States are dying of childbirth at rates higher than any other industrialized country in the world. While global rates of maternal deaths have decreased, rates in the United States have increased to the point where the US ranks above poorer countries including Iran, Vietnam, Romania and Russia.

Black women are hit particularly hard, with 4 times the rate of maternal deaths than white women. Poor women are more likely to die from childbirth than wealthier women, but black deaths outnumber white deaths at all income levels. This is likely due to…

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The Chimamanda Backlash is Unacceptable


According to a 2015 report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth every day and a high percentage of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries, including Nigeria. A recent UNICEF report states that for every 10 minutes, one woman dies on account of pregnancy or childbirth in Nigeria.

This is one reason among many that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie does not believe in equating the experiences of trans women/ girls and women and girls born, well, women and girls. And then there is Boko Haram, female genital mutilation, child marriage, girls being banned from school because they menstruate.

In case you have no idea what I am talking about, there is a backlash against Chimamanda from supposedly intersectional feminists because she didn’t tout the Liberal Feminist line that trans women ARE women and thus there is some shared experience –…

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