On September 19th, 2015, the day after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood, Amelia Bonow announced on Facebook that’s she’d had a positive experience with abortion and felt no shame. The post went viral as the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion became a conduit for sharing abortion stories. #ShoutYourAbortion was used 100,000 times in 24 hours and has been used over 250,000 times to date.
Over the course of those few days, Bonow went from grad student to an important voice in the abortion rights movement. #ShoutYourAbortion received front-page coverage from The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, as well as coverage from The BBC, ABC’s Nightline, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post.
Since September of 2015, Bonow has led a group working to transform #ShoutYourAbortion into a full-fledged movement, securing fiscal sponsorship while working to develop a nationwide organization dedicated to opening up the conversation around abortion. In January of 2016, Bonow led #ShoutYourAbortion’s first nationwide action, #TogetherForAbortion, catalyzing almost 150 events in all fifty states and receiving coverage from The Washington Post, TIME, ELLE, and Jezebel.
Bonow was selected as a recipient of Michael Moore’s 2016 Hammer & Chisel Award and Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ Bight Horizons Award, and acted as the Social Media Correspondent for 2016 1in3 Abortion Speakout. Bonow is interested in the implications of intersectional feminism for race and class in the United States and in elevating personal narratives in order to counter the expectation of silence that exacerbates oppressive factors across culture. Bonow has been published in The Huffington Post, Salon, The Stranger, and Alternet.Inquire About Speaker