Poised & Powerful Parenting

Unplanned Parenthood with Michelle Hartney

July 25, 2022 Sarah Mayhan Episode 37
Poised & Powerful Parenting
Unplanned Parenthood with Michelle Hartney
Show Notes

Listener Warning: This episode discusses topics like sexual assault and abusive relationships as well as suicide and depression.

Unplanned Parenthood: Letters to an Army of Millions is an installation about the history of birth control in America that addresses Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s racism. It is a mixed media installation centered on the stories of these people who longed for reproductive justice—and reminding us of the urgency of retaining our control over our destinies. This week, episode 37 of Poised & Powerful Podcast is sharing about unplanned parenthood! 

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Michelle Hartney is an incredible artist who specializes in multiple mediums to create and advocate for women’s rights, maternal healthcare issues, and discrimination in art institutions through installations, community and guerilla performances, and online works. She founded the Women’s Health Collective, an organization dedicated to utilizing creative approaches to raise awareness of women’s health issues through collaborative projects. 

In this episode of Poised & Powerful Podcast, artist Michelle Hartney, museum manager Juli Lowe and I discuss the following:

  • The story behind Motherhood in Bondage and how that’s being used to create the Unplanned Parenthood mixed media project.
  • Why it’s important to have conversations about heroizing Margaret Sanger when her legacy included things like eugenics and white supremacy.
  • How the stories of these people can be felt through the words and the importance of letting their voices be heard.

With everything going on in the country right now, these conversations are more important than ever.

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Unplanned Parenthood




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21C Museum Hotel

Motherhood in Bondage [Article by History Matters]

UNPLANNED PARENTHOOD: Inside the Art Installation Using Historical Testimony to Call for a Feminist Future 

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