Melissa Madera, The Abortion Diary, Impact Grant 2016
Grantee Name: Melissa Madera
Project Name: The Abortion Diary
Grant Location: Global
Funding Partner: Our 2016 Crowdfunding Donors
Since beginning The Abortion Diary in July 2013, Melissa has listened to and recorded over 220 people share their reproductive experiences. These experiences are quite diverse across geographic location (33 U.S. states and 21 countries), socioeconomic background, age (18-85.5), ethnicity, race, religion, and gender, and span from the late 1950s to 2016. Melissa has travelled across the United States, to over 10 European cities, Canada, The Dominican Republic, and Thailand with the podcast. She has been featured on the front page of The Washington Post, on NPR’s Weekend Edition, a Q&A with Cosmopolitan Magazine, Latina.com, ThePool.com, Rewire, Q&A with Cosmopolitan Magazine, Latina.com, ThePool.com, Rewire, Univision, and MSNBC.
This $2000 grant will help Melissa continue and expand on her work with The Abortion Diary. She plans on buying much needed equipment, such as microphones and audio editing tools, for the podcast, and hopes to start the process of training story-sharers to become Abortion Diary storylisteners. She also plans to buy mp3 players needed for the traveling exhibit, ar·ti·facts: abortion stories and histories that she curated for the project.