Dr Pragya Agarwal on reproductive justice and parental ambivalence

Dr Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural and data scientist, writer, speaker and a consultant on bias, anti-racism, social inclusion, power and privilege.


She is the author of three books, including SWAY: Unravelling Unconscious Bias and ‘Wish we knew what to say: Talking with children about race’, a manual for parents, carers and educators of all backgrounds and ethnicities to talk to children about race and racism.


In this episode, we focus on her latest book: (M)otherhood: On the choices of being a woman a hybrid memoir and scientific analysis of women’s fertility, and an urgent and timely examination of how political ideas of womanhood and motherhood are constructed. Pragya uses her own varied experiences and choices as a woman of South Asian heritage to examine the broader societal, historical and scientific factors that drive how we think and talk about motherhood.


It’s an extremely honest book, with Pragya interrogating themes including infertility, childbirth and reproductive justice, making a powerful and urgent argument for the need to tackle society's obsession with women's bodies and fertility, in a truly intersectional way.


Find Pragya: @DrPragyaAgarwal

Buy her book: bookshop.org

Find me: @venetialamanna

Find the show: @ATSTpodcast


This episode was produced by Venetia La Manna. It was edited by Nada Smiljanic. The artwork was designed by Alex Sedano and the music was composed by William Haxworth.



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