Happy (slightly early) Birthday, Miriam!

Miriam in a Feministing shirt at a protest

This Saturday is Miriam’s birthday! I remember completely geeking out the first time I met Miriam – I was like, that’s Radical Doula! I’m so blessed to now count her as a great friend and colleague.

Miriam brings a depth of knowledge about reproductive justice and an ability to refocus issues on what’s important, as you can see in her recent, vital post on the debate about whether President Obama is pro-choice. She’s responsible for some incredible organizing and activism offline as well, helping to found the Doula Project and serving on the Board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

Miriam’s also been writing amazing longer form journalism, like her recent pieces at Colorlines on stigmatization of young moms, home birth, and racist anti-abortion campaigns.

And of course no Miriam birthday post would be complete without Courtney’s now classic rap, “The Business”:

Wish Miriam a happy birthday in the comments!

Video transcript:
number crunchin’
sucker punchin’
she’s the one that makes us function
the business, the business
she’s the moola doula
don’t be foola
she will come correct and school ya
the business, the business
happy birthday MZP
the undisputed MVP
the business the business

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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