Renee speaking at the 20th Annual NARAL Pro-Choice America Power of Choice Luncheon in San Francisco, March 2014
Renee Bracey Sherman is a reproductive justice activist, writer, and expert on abortion storytelling and the representation of people who have had abortions in media and pop culture. After having an abortion at the age of 19, she has become an outspoken advocate ensuring the voices of people who’ve had abortions are central to the conversation and eradication of abortion stigma. As a member of Echoing Ida, a Black women’s writing collective and project of Forward Together, Renee has written extensively on abortion access, Black women’s health disparities, and digital harassment. Renee’s work has been featured on the BBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, EBONY Magazine, TIME, The Atlantic, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and more. In 2014, Renee authored Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Public Abortion Storytellers and Organizations, a guide to abortion storytelling, and in 2015 she co-authored Speak Up & Stay Safe(r), a multilingual digital guide on handling online harassment.
Currently, Renee works at the Senior Public Affairs Manager at the National Network of Abortion Funds where she manages We Testify, a leadership program dedicated to increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere, particularly at the intersections of race, class, and gender identity, and shifting the way the media understands the context and complexity of accessing abortion care.
Renee earned her Bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from Northeastern Illinois University and Master’s degree in public administration from Cornell University. While at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, she served as Digital Editor for the Cornell Policy Review and Communications Chair for Women in Public Policy.
Previously, Renee has worked at the Sea Change Program, Reproductive Health Technologies Project, the Wikimedia Foundation (the nonprofit that runs Wikipedia), Gender and Sexualities Alliance Network (formerly Gay-Straight Alliance Network), Bay Area Doula Project, and Public Allies (an AmeriCorps program). She has previously served on the board of directors for NARAL Pro-Choice America, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and served as a selection committee member for Peace First’s inaugural Peace First Prize for youth leaders.