Advancing Women's Equality 

Women, Mass Incarceration, and Criminal Justice – ACLU of Minnesota Event
January 13, 2021, 12:00 to 1:00 pm

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Women and Mass Incarceration

This program is part of a four-part 2021 series: Advancing Women's Equality: Confronting Barriers to Full Inclusion and Progress. In this series, ACLU of Minnesota addresses women's status in the United States through a civil liberties lens, examining how histories of race, sex, immigration, and LGBTQ discrimination undermine constitutional equality. The series identifies historic and contemporary legal and social barriers to women's advancement and identifies pathways forward.

ACLU of Minnesota's program on January 13, 2021, Women, Mass Incarceration, and Criminal Justice, features Michele Goodwin (ACLU of MN and National Executive Committee Member); Aziza Ahmed (Professor of Law and author of Feminism's Medicine: Law, Science, Race, and Gender in an Epidemic); Cynthia Chandler, Esq. (co-founder Critical Resistance and Justice Now) and special guest Erika Cohn (filmmaker and director, Belly of The Beast) in a robust discussion about how mass incarceration affects women's lives, including their reproductive health and rights. They explain how histories of racial and sexual discrimination result in the mass incarceration of vulnerable women and they explore the tragic consequences for incarcerated women, including shackling, forced sterilizations, denial of medical care, and sexual violence.


  • Aziza Ahmed, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Cynthia Chandler, ESQ., Co-Founder, Critical Resistance and Justice Now
  • Michele Goodwin, ACLU of MN & National Board Executive Committee Member

Special Guest:

  • Erika Cohn, Documentary Filmmaker & Director Belly of the Beast

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