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Bio for Judy Norsigian, Executive Director and Founder, Our Bodies Ourselves

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Judy Norsigian is one of the founders of Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), also known as the Boston Women's Health Book Collective. She has served as Executive Director of the organization since 2001 and is its primary spokesperson.

Ms. Norsigian is an internationally renowned speaker and author on a range of women's health concerns, including women and health care reform, abortion and contraception, childbirth (especially the role of midwifery), sexually transmitted infections, and genetics and reproductive technologies.

She has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs, including NBC Nightly News, Al Jazeera, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Oprah, Fox News and The Current.

Ms. Norsigian has been an author and editor for each of the nine editions of Our Bodies,Ourselves, the organization's landmark book on women's health and sexuality.

A new and revised edition published by Simon & Schuster in 2011 -- 40 years after the book’s initial publication -- has received critical acclaim, including being named one of eight best consumer health books of the year by Library Journal.

Ms. Norsigian's personal recognitions include an honorary doctorate from Boston University (2007). Additional honors include: being named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews; Public Service Award from the Massachusetts Public Health Association; Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Annual Recognition Award; Boston YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers; and the Massachusetts Health Council Award.

Ms. Norsigian graduated from Radcliffe College in 1970 and lives in Newton, Mass.






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