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Expertise: Women’s rights; reproductive health, rights, and justice; race and ethnicity

Heidi Williamson is the Senior Policy Analyst for the Women’s Health and Rights Program at American Progress.

Prior to joining American Progress, Heidi worked for the Alzheimer’s Association, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, and the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. She has successfully led legislative and advocacy efforts in the South and helped elect more than 20 women legislators to office at the state and local level. She is a founding member of the Trust Black Women Partnership, a strong network of African American women organizations and individuals, who mobilize to defend the human right to have a child, not have a child, and parent for African American women in the United States.

She has been published in The Huffington Post and RHReality Check; seen on MSNBC; heard on NPR and various CBS radio outlets; quoted by the Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Guardian; and featured in Collective Voices and the documentary “We Always Resist.” Her publications include “Race, Gender, and Abortion in Georgia: A Policy Report” and “Reproductive Justice in the South: A Case for Education, Prevention, and Policy.”

She sits on the board of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!, a reproductive justice organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, and regularly advises nonprofits on civic engagement activities and legislative strategy.

Heidi is a graduate of Georgia State University were she double majored in English and African American studies.

By Heidi Williamson
Infographic: The Real Cost of AbortionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2016
The Hyde Amendment Has Perpetuated Inequality in Abortion Access for 40 YearsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2016
Infographic: The State of Abortion Restrictions After Whole Woman’s HealthCenter for American ProgressAugust 17, 2016
This Women’s History Month, Protect Women’s Health Care AccessInsideSourcesMarch 3, 2016
Everything You Need to Know About Whole Woman’s Health v. HellerstedtCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2016
Fast Facts: Economic Security for South Carolina FamiliesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 18, 2016
Fast Facts: Economic Security for Nevada FamiliesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 16, 2016
Infographic: Pass the EACH Woman ActCenter for American ProgressOctober 8, 2015
Fast Facts: Economic Security for North Carolina FamiliesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 24, 2015
Fast Facts: Economic Security for Iowa FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJuly 30, 2015
Fast Facts: Economic Security for Ohio FamiliesCenter for American ProgressJuly 16, 2015
A Quick Guide on the Human Rights of WomenCenter for American ProgressOctober 9, 2014
In Ferguson and the Entire Nation, Institutional Racism Extends Far Beyond Law EnforcementThe RootAugust 28, 2014
The Reproductive Politics of Living on the BrinkCenter for American ProgressFebruary 26, 2014
Infographic: What Do African American Women Think?Center for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2014
The Legacy of Roe v. Wade and the War on PovertyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 22, 2014
Women’s Equality Day: Celebrating the 19th Amendment’s Impact on Reproductive Health and RightsCenter for American ProgressAugust 26, 2013
Interview with Julian BondCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2013
Reproductive EmancipationStrong Families BlogJanuary 22, 2013