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Miriam Zoila Pérez

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Miriam Zoila Pérez until we are able to commission a full entry.

Miriam Perez.

Courtesy of Emily Goodstein.

As the founder of Radical Doula, Miriam Zoila Perez created a network for birthing coaches to support people of all genders, races, and economic backgrounds through pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, and abortion. Perez earned a BA in anthropology from Swarthmore in 2006 and began blogging for Feministing that year, becoming an editor for the blog in 2008. In 2007 she founded Radical Doula, a blog and networking platform offering emotional assistance with a wider range of pregnancy outcomes than those covered by traditional doulas. Through Radical Doula, Perez highlights doulas who specialize in sensitivity and awareness for parents who identify across the gender spectrum, as well as those of different sexual orientations and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Perez continued her advocacy with a 2012 TEDx Talk called “Transforming Empathy” and the publication of her first book, a primer called The Radical Doula Guide. An LGBTQ activist, she became the gender columnist for Colorlines, a blog on racial issues, in 2014.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Miriam Zoila Pérez." (Viewed on June 8, 2023) <>.


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