A long-time reproductive rights activist, Marlene is well known nationally and internationally as a writer, lecturer, and advocate for reproductive freedom. She was founding president of the National Network of Abortion Funds and served on the board of the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights for over a decade. She continues to work on abortion advocacy internationally with Women Help Women, and she is on the board of OBOS (Our Bodies, Ourselves) and the Abortion Rights Fund of Western MA. As Faculty Director, Marlene leads CLPP's academic programming, teaching and student advising, and co-directs the Five College Certificate in Reproductive Rights, Health and Justice.; her courses include "The Politics of the Abortion Debate" and "Reproductive Rights: Domestic and International Perspectives." She edited From Abortion to Reproductive Freedom: Transforming a Movement and co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, and co-authored the chapter on Abortion in several editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves. She was the Interim President of Hampshire College in 2010-2011.
Betsy Hartmann (PhD, London School of Economics) is a long-time activist in the international women's health and reproductive rights movements. She writes and speaks on population, climate and the environment, and security issues in activist, academic, and policy venues, and is the author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control and Truth About Fire, a novel about the far Right. She is also the co-author of A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village.