Join us for an in-depth conversation with scholar, author, and advocate Gretchen Sisson, as we talk about her work and her new book Relinquished The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood.
Tuesday, March 12, 2024
4pm Pacific/6pm Central/7pm Eastern
If I could, I’d make every judge and lawmaker in the country read this book. Gretchen Sisson’s Relinquished fills a critical hole in adoption scholarship—covering the years closest to present day—making clear that the ethical problems that have long plagued the industry aren’t just a matter of history. This is a vitally important book for all who care about reproductive justice and freedom, and a sorely needed corrective for anyone who thinks adoption is the solution to the destruction of reproductive choice.
Kathryn JoyceAuthor, The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption
Note: registration is free and remains open through the event, but registrations submitted after March 11, 2024, are not eligible for the book giveaway.
About the Author
Author, Scholar, Researcher
Gretchen Sisson, PhD, is a sociologist who studies abortion and adoption in the United States. She is a researcher at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, part of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.
Gretchen is the author of Relinquished: The Politics of Adoption and the Privilege of American Motherhood, forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press in February 2024. Her studies on adoption include hundreds of in-depth interviews with women who have relinquished infants for domestic adoption over the past 60 years, with a particular focus on women who have relinquished since Roe v. Wade.
Her research examining adoption decision-making after abortion denial (as part of The Turnaway Study) was cited in the Supreme Court’s dissent in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health from Justices Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor. In response to the oral arguments and decision in Dobbs, she authored pieces in the Washington Post, The Nation, and the Washington Post (again). Gretchen’s research has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Consider This, as well as in New York Magazine, VOX, and other outlets.Gretchen is represented by McKinnon Literary.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband, three children, and their little free library. She is a native of Pennsylvania, and an alumna of Amherst College and Boston College.