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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