Sterilization of Puerto Rican Women: A Selected, Partially Annotated Bibliography (Greco, 2018)

Curated by Lachrista Greco, M.A., 2018-2019
GWSL Program Associate and MLIS Grad Student

This bibliography is number 85 in the series “Bibliographies in Gender and Women’s Studies,” published by the University of Wisconsin System Office of the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian.

A continuation of the bibliography #80 on forced sterilization of Puerto Rican women. This bibliography focuses on books, articles, papers, and more from the year 2000 and onward.

  • Andrews, Katherine. (2017). The Dark History of Forced Sterilization of Latina Women. Panoramas Scholarly Platform, University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved from
  • Beal, F. M. (2008). Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female. Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 8(2), 166-176. Duke University Press. Retrieved from
  • Briggs, Laura. (2002). Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science, and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico. Berkeley, University of California Press.
  • Córdova, Isabel M. (2017). Pushing In Silence: Modernizing Puerto Rico and the Medicalization of Childbirth. Austin, University of Texas Press.
  • CWLU Herstory Project. (2016). “35% Of Puerto Rican Women Sterilized.” CWLU Herstory Project. Retrieved from
  • Kinnear, Olivia. (2015). Sterilization: The Untold Story of Puerto Rico. Pasquines. Retrieved from
  • Lopez, Iris. (2008). Matters of Choice: Puerto Rican Women’s Struggle for Reproductive Freedom. Rutgers, Rutgers University Press.
  • Lugo-Ortiz, Lourdes. (2011). Tropiezos con la memoria: la esterilizacion femenina en la pensa puertorriquena (1940-1977). San Juan: Plaza Mayor.
  • Martinez, B. N. (2018). Puertorriqueña Power and Testimonio: Puerto Rican Women’s Fight for Reproductive Rights in the 1930s through the 1970s. UC San Diego. Retrieved from
  • Nelson, Jennifer. (2001). Abortions under Community Control: Feminism, Nationalism, and the Politics of Reproduction among New York City’s Young Lords. Journal of Women’s History 13(1), 157-180. Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieved from
  • Nelson, Jennifer. (2003). Women of Color and The Reproductive Rights Movement. New York: New York University Press.
  • Sanchez Rivera, R. (2017). Images and Representations of the Puerto Rican Press: Birth Control, Sterilization and Contraceptives in El Mundo, El Imparcial and Claridad (1943-1974). De Raíz Diversa, (7), 101-136. Retrieved from
  • Schell, Patience A. (2012). “Eugenics Policy and Practice in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.” The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, by Alison Bashford and Philippa Levine, Oxford University Press, pp. 1–17.