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Melissa BirdBy Melissa Bird
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Melissa BirdBy Melissa Bird
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$13,914
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 29 2016 4:27 AM UTC +00:00

About

I was born to light up the world and help women find their voice through leadership and empowerment.

I was inspired to write this book after realizing through my research and my professional life that there are so few stories of women who experience great difficulty in obtaining contraception and abortion services. With the recent onslaught of legislation aimed at restricting women’s bodily autonomy and freedom I knew that the time was now to write this book. Just as women’s health services are being defunded, there is little funding available for women’s health research aimed at telling the in depth and powerful stories of women’s lives. Poor women, women of color, and immigrant women are at great risk of having their reproductive lives restricted by discriminatory legislation. This book is meant to shine lives on their stories, give birth to their words, and spread the powerful message that women’s lives matter deeply.  

In 2015, I wrote an article about the need for advocates to place themselves in the public space and to take up the mantle of fighting the political attacks on women’s bodies. In it I stated, “The War on Women is an overt action by white heterosexual men to maintain heteronormative gender roles by forcing womanhood to be synonymous with motherhood. These draconian policies force a woman to remain pregnant in order to keep her position clear in society, stripping her of her autonomy over her own body. This forced pregnancy, dependency, and slavery effectively shackles a woman’s decision-making abilities, leaving her helpless against the machinery of state legislatures and other governing bodies.”

For my entire life I have been committed to making the world better for women and girls. I believe deeply that when a woman has the ability to form her family in whatever way she chooses our communities prosper. I believe that our nation is on the precipice of making changes for women that will deeply impact our future generations and we have a choice. We can choose to remain silent and continue to allow state and federal legislators restrain our decision making abilities or we can rise up to engage in a new brand of advocacy where we humble ourselves to our shortcomings and engage in acts of graceful revolution that bring light to the true reality of peoples lives. I believe that if we engage people in their own spaces, teach them to look at injustices as moments that touch our own lives, if we give them the knowledge of the power structure and give them the tools to infiltrate its membrane, then change will take place in America. This is the graceful revolution.  


I will begin interviewing women in the fall of 2016 and the research for the book will be completed in May of 2017. It is anticipated that the book will be published by the end of 2017.

  People are Talking 

Melissa Bird is a force of spirit, intellect and purpose. I am truly in awe of her passion for reproductive rights and remarkable ability to command a room as a speaker. These unique talents set her apart and make her an exceptional fund and people raiser. 
                       Christy Turlington Burns, Founder Every Mother Counts

Melissa Bird is a brilliant and engaging woman who is fiercely committed to improving the lives of women and their families. She is a dynamic speaker and is able to miraculously raise money and awareness in the most unlikely places. She is a tireless fighter for women’s rights, a thoughtful citizen, and a truly extraordinary thinker. In short, Melissa Bird is a Rock Star!                                           Camryn Manheim, Actress

She straps a parachute on you, teaches you how to pull the string, looks you straight in the eyes, and away you go! Melissa Bird is a brilliant woman who articulates masterfully with her heart, mind, and soul. She selflessly guides you to the answers that are already within. Then, without fan fare, her powerful affirmation evaporates any tentativeness and you are left with rock solid confidence. No one walks away from Melissa – you float.                                           Michelle Duman – Business Woman


  • BUDGET BREAKDOWN
    Communications/Promotion of Project $5,050 
    Transcription of interviews ($35/hour @ 4 hours per interview) $8,400 
    Participant incentives $30x60 $1,800 
    Travel (mileage and hotel) $3,000 
    Remuneration (for one year) $12,450

Risks and challenges

The question Kickstarter asks here is what are the risks and challenges. The largest risk is that the changes I envision do not occur for women and girls. The risk is that everyday working women; women heads of households; women of all religions, identities, orientations, economic status and age do not have autonomy and access to what they need and want to assure their reproductive health.
Ultimately, there is a risk that this information will set the reader on fire and make me even more exuberant on this subject. How could I be more impatient, more passionate about my role in ending the war on women?
Of course, Kick is asking about my budget, my follow-through. They don't know me and the massive drive I have to create change. The budget I have set is the classic -- just enough. There is not one cent that is not planned and will be spent mindfully. We are covering the entire book from this commitment to delivering to you. The interviews, the travel and, as needed, translation. The rewards to all of the investors. The production of it all from this campaign to the cover, printing, marketing and fulfillment. Lists, estimates and professionals are identified and in process.
We ask you to take this Journey of a Modern Virgin. It is a much greater risk if we don't take it together.

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