Harvard Conference on Women and Health, 1975

Cover, Proceedings for the 1975 Conference on Women and HealthThe 1975 Conference on Women and Health brought nearly 2,500 women from all across the United States and Canada to Harvard University to talk about the health concerns of women.

The transcripts and proceedings from this historic conference are available as PDFs:

Participants, including students, medical providers, and feminist activists, discussed a range of topics, including the state of U.S. abortion laws in the wake of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, the impact of violence on women’s health, the use of medicine as social control, lesbian health care, the role of women professionals in the women’s health movement, and the need for reform in birth practices.

OBOS founders Norma Swenson and Judy Norsigian were the main organizers of the conference. Presenters included women’s health icons Mary Daly, Judy Herman, Jean Baker Miller, Barbara Seaman, and OBOS founders Ruth Bell and Jane Pincus.