These #LiberatedWoman shirts are helping Planned Parenthoods in minority communities

by Brianna Kirkham

Carmen Perez, co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington

Planned Parenthood has teamed up with the lifestyle brand Liberated People to show their support for an important and often overlooked issue: accessible healthcare for women of color. The campaign dubbed #LiberatedWoman aims to draw attention to the lack of visibility and care given to minority women’s reproductive health, especially in disadvantaged communities.

Liberated People, founded by Gbenga Akinnagbe of the T.V. show The Wire, partnered with image activist and creator of MAD FREE Michaela Angela Davis, and they are both committed to standing by Planned Parenthood to “protect reproductive and all women’s rights no matter who is in the White House, no matter what.”

“We believe there can be no sustainable Women’s Liberation Movement without the labor and full visibility of Women of Color. No woman can be fully free if we all can’t freely support Black and Brown women,” the activists said in their mission statement.

T-shirts declaring “Liberated Woman” were designed by Michelle Willems and are being sold to raise money for Planned Parenthood efforts in minority communities. In a powerful photoshoot captured by Erin Patrice O’Brien, women and families who are dedicated to protecting reproductive healthcare for all women are featured wearing the #LiberatedWomen shirts.

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Michaela Angela Davis, image activist and creator of MAD FREE

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To support the campaign, you can buy a shirt for you and all your liberated buds for $35 and $5 will go to Planned Parenthood Federations of America.

All photos via Erin Patrice O’Brien

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