Front Porch Insights

A blog written by members of RSP’s Young Advisory Board.

The Resilient Sisterhood Project (RSP), founded in 2012 is a nonprofit based in Boston to raise awareness and empower women and young adults of African descent affected by diseases of the reproductive system.  Regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic status black women are disproportionately affected by diseases of the reproductive system.  These diseases include, but are not limited to uterine fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, as well as breast, cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancers.  We approach these diseases and associated burden through a cultural and social justice lens because we believe that poor knowledge of reproductive health is primarily related to health, racial, and socioeconomic disparities.

This blog is a project of RSP’s Young Advisory Board (YAP) which is a cohort of women of African descent between 18 and 40 years old that supports RSP’s mission to address reproductive health issues that affect black women. The goal of this blog is to target women in that specific age range. We are a collaborative blog of scientists, medical professionals, teachers, students, community advocates, and women affected by reproductive health issues.  

With this blog, YAP plans to increase awareness about the diseases of the reproductive system and overall reproductive rights while providing resources to help navigate the systems that contribute to health disparities.  One of our major hope for this blog is to have a very active community of readers—whom we hope will engage and contribute their ideas, suggestions and questions. We post 1-2 posts every month during which we will explore a specific theme.

Below is a partial list of some the topics that will be addressed in 2019:
Disease/ disorder/ chronic conditions/social determinants of health

  • Breast and other Gynecological Cancers

  • Uterine Fibroids

  • Endometriosis

  • Infertility

  • Black Maternal Mortality Crisis

  • Early onset puberty

  • Midwifery

  • Reproductive health research

  • Personal Advocacy (Conversations with physicians)

  • Holistic health/ wellness (related to reproductive health)

  • History of Black bodies being used for medical research

  • Environmental and exposure to toxic chemicals

  • Chronic stress of racismVitamin D deficiency

    Over this coming year, we would love to hear your voices. Come join the sisterhood as we break the silence.  

Still I Rise - Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

The Scar - yvonne gomez-carrion

This is unlike the scar the resulted from the overhead light that crashed onto
my midshin when I was 8.

I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.
— Audre Lorde