Submitted by: Alice Rothchild
Starting in 1970, I was a medical student (one of about 10 women in a class of over 100) at Boston University and just discovering women’s consciousness raising and the feminist movement. I worked on the first edition of OBOS and it became the touchstone of my political development. When I opened my first obgyn/pediatric group practice in the inner city, every patient was offered a copy of OBOS. Today, I still ask each woman if she wants to see her cervix every time I do a pelvic exam. Some women are still saying “Yes!” A mirror is one of my most important medical tools.