Elaine Riddick is the Executive Director at the
Rebecca Project for Justice. Ms. Riddick is a dedicated
Women’s Rights activist who as a Depo Provera and
contraceptive expert became the Victims Coordinator
for Attorney Willie Gary’s Depo Provera class action
lawsuit. Elaine studied psychology at New York City
Tech and is building the Elaine Riddick Sister Sanctuary
for girls at risk in Georgia—girls who are potential victims of sex trafficking, homeless or
pregnant without a place to call home.
Ms. Riddick is an African-American woman who, as a 14-year-old girl in 1968, was forcibly
sterilized by the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, after she gave birth to her brilliant Son
Tony Riddick a successful businessman in North Carolina. The Eugenics board stated that
Ms. Riddick was “feebleminded” and “promiscuous”; therefore, in accordance with the
policies of Dr. Alan Guttmacher and Margaret Sanger, Ms. Riddick was sterilized without
her consent. Elaine waged a 40 year battle for justice securing 10million dollars for
surviving victims in North Carolina.
Prior to her sterilization, Elaine had been kidnapped, molested, and as a result of rape
became pregnant at 13 years of age. Elaine Riddick was living with her grandmother,
Maggie Woodard, when a social worker discovered her pregnancy. Grandmother Woodard
was illiterate and signed an “X” on a consent form. Woodard was pressured to sign even
though she could not read or write to understand the document, but she was told that if
she did not sign with an “X”, Elaine would be sent to an orphanage.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and NBC Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy
Snyderman narrated Elaine Riddick’s’ life story in “A State of Shame: Eugenics in America”
Click Please click to watch interview.
Elaine Riddick is also featured in the Maafa 21 documentary—Maafa means African
Holocaust, Holocaust of Enslavement, or Black holocaust. Ms. Riddick has appeared on
major TV networks/magazines including CNN Anchor Don Lemon, People Magazine,
Newsweek, Time, and is a subject of a new Lifetime movie in development about her life’s