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A History in Images: 4000 Years for Choice

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October 10, 2012

Today I’d like to set aside all the hate and feelings of defeat we may be feeling during this nerve-wracking time and introduce you all to a beautiful campaign I encountered this weekend.


4000 Years for Choice, “a visual narrative about the practices of contraception and abortion from around the world for the past 4000 years. The project hopes to celebrate, inspire, and empower women and men in their reproductive lives!” The project is brought to life by Heather Ault a graphic design artist from central Illinois. She takes a different approach from more common media outlets and wants to reframe the conversation from “To-Do” to “Ta-da.” Meaning that instead of motivating people to act she highlights the accomplishments and great moments of history that have allowed us to be where we are now.

One of my heroines: Emma Goldman, cool lady check her out!

I’ve spent a few hours reading and feeling the messages on her site and I encourage you to do the same. You’ll find empowering quotes from 100 years ago that are scarily applicable to our situation today, beautiful representations of our bodies, and some interesting facts about old abortion practices that you may have not been familiar with before.

On the site there is a tab featuring the timeline of reproductive roots of abortion and conception that I urge you to check out.

Below I’ve included a some of my favorite images. Let her work inspire you and remind you why we’re fighting the good fight.

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