Miriam Zoila Pérez (they/them/theirs) is an award-winning queer Cuban writer and activist. They began their work in the reproductive justice movement with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, and in the years since have focused their work on using communications tools to shift narratives and advance social justice, in particular at the intersections of race, gender and health.
Pérez’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian and Colorlines, among many other outlets. In 2007, they started Radical Doula, which helped steward a new generation of birthworker activists. Their 2016 TED Talk How Racism is Harming Pregnant Women–and What Can Help, has been viewed close to a million times.
Pérez’s work has also appeared in a number of anthologies, including Click, Yes Means Yes, Persistence and Not That Bad, a New York Times bestselling anthology about rape culture edited by Roxane Gay. Pérez is also the author of the self-published Radical Doula Guide: A Political Primer for Full-Spectrum Pregnancy and Childbirth Support. You might also know them from their work at Feministing.com, where they were an Editor for four years, during which the site was awarded the Sidney J Hillman Prize for Blog Journalism.
Pérez is the co-host of Radio Menea, a Latinx music podcast co-hosted with Verónica Bayetti Flores. It’s been called “the woke Latinx music podcast you should be listening to” by Remezcla and “the soundtrack to a queer mami’s sancocho” by Latina Magazine.
Pérez has also worked for over a decade as a consultant focusing on digital communications and strategy. Pérez is a former member of the Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective Management Circle, and the former Board Chair of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, where they served for 6 years.
Pérez has received various awards and recognitions for their work, including being named as one of 200 people who embody the values of Frederick Douglass in 2018 (alongside amazing folks like Michelle and Barack Obama, Oprah and Shakira).
Pérez lives in Austin, Texas with their partner and her daughter, and is cultivating a new obsession with houseplants.