CWPE Staff and Steering Committee Bios
Cara Page, National Director
She is a queer rights, reproductive rights, human rights and women’s health activist and artist based in the U.S. Southeast. She strives to bring visibility to the issues impacting women of color’s bodies and to build the sustainability and well being of poor people and people of color communities through health advocacy, political education and creating healing and response networks. Through her work at CWPE she continues to highlight the intersections between eugenic practices and population control, privatization of women’s bodies and healthcare, and the misuse of dangerous chemicals and contraceptives on impoverished communities.
Cara Saleska, Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Cara is a videographer and media activist. She believes in the power of art and media for saving lives and challenges mainstream media’s distorted images of people, while working to put positive and truthful imagery into the world. Cara’s passion and work are grounded in ending violence against women and children, fighting for reproductive freedom, and promoting economic justice for all people. She is particularly interested in understanding the intersectionality of oppression and using creative organizing, art, and technology to create a beautiful, peaceful, and just world.
National Steering Committee
Rajani Bhatia, Former coordinator
She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Binta Jeffers, Editor and Interactive Designer
Binta Jeffers collaborates with CWPE to translate archived materials concerning population control into an interactive portfolio of image and text. As a designer and researcher, Binta's work centers on the production of visual culture and the construction of race, gender, and identity through modern and contemporary media.
Marsha J. Tyson Darling
Marsha J. Tyson Darling (58 years old), is a woman of color who is also an engaged social- scientist who both teaches at the college level and donates much of her time and research findings to women’s social justice and human rights organizations. She teaches about social justice movements, women and international development, and significant issues in globalization. She does research on the impact of globalization on distributive justice issues, including the emergence of biomedical technologies and their impact on bodily integrity, reproductive justice, privacy and human rights. She has been a member of the Committee on Women, Population, & the Environment for many years, and formed and chairs the organization’s working group on Gender, Eugenics and Biotechnology. She has also served on the boards of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the National Black Women’s Health Project, Project Erase Racism, and the Long Island Women’s Agenda. CWPE, along with OurBodies, Ourselves and the Center for Genetics and Society were the co-conveners of Gender and Justice in the Gene Age.
Judy Norsigian (56 years old), co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves and Executive Director of Our Bodies Ourselves, speaks and writes frequently on a wide range of women’s health concerns. She has more than 35 years of experience in the women’s health movement and has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs. Her interests include reproductive health concerns, the media and women’s health, genetics, tobacco and women, women and health care reform, and midwifery advocacy.
Loretta J. Ross
Loretta J. Ross is the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, a network founded in 1997 of 76 women of color and allied organizations that work on reproductive justice issues. In 2004, Ms. Ross was National Co-Director of the April 25, 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history with more than one million participants. From 1996-2004, she was the Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Judith A. M. Scully
Judith A. M. Scully is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A. 1983) and the George Washington University National Law Center (J.D. 1986). Since 1996, Ms. Scully has been teaching at the West Virginia University College of Law. She teaches Criminal Law; Criminal Trial Practice; Trial Advocacy; Legal Drafting; Race, Racism, and American Law; Criminal Procedure; and an international human rights course that focuses on the transition to democracy in South Africa. Prior to teaching law, Ms. Scully represented defendants in criminal cases and plaintiffs in police brutality and discrimination cases. She has served as an arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County and an administrative law judge for the Cook County Commission on Human Rights. From 1987-1989, she was the Deputy Director of the City of Chicago Board of Ethics for the late Mayor Harold Washington.
In addition to being a lawyer, Ms. Scully is also a trained gynecological health care worker. She is a member of the Committee on Women, Population and the Environment and has been a reproductive rights activist for the past sixteen years.