“Our Bodies, Ourselves” Part of Library of Congress’s “Books that Shaped America” Exhibit

By Rachel Walden |

The original edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” has been named one of the Library of Congress’s “Books that Shaped America,” a list of important works “intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives.”

As the LoC press release describes:

In the early 1970s a dozen Boston feminists collaborated in this groundbreaking publication that presented accurate information on women’s health and sexuality based on their own experiences. Advocating improved doctor-patient communication and shared decision-making, “Our Bodies, Ourselves” explored ways for women to take charge of their own health issues and to work for political and cultural change that would ameliorate women’s lives.

If you’ll be in Washington, DC between June 25th and September 29th of this year, there will be an accompanying exhibit, part of a multi-year “Celebration of the Book.”

OBOS fans everywhere can complete the LoC’s survey about the list, your chance to pick OBOS from the list as a book that shaped America and personally touched your life.

To learn more about our history, check out this page and accompanying timeline. We also encourage fans of the work to check out our latest, 40th anniversary edition!

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