A Message from Gloria, Lena & OBOS

By OBOS — October 30, 2015

Over 45 years ago, a group of women met in Boston and forever changed the course of history for women’s health by penning what would become “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”#OBOSTaughtMe everything from menstruation to masturbation.
– Lena DunhamLena Dunham

To this day, women and girls around the world rely on OBOS to provide trustworthy health and sexuality information. A new series based on “Our Bodies, Ourselves” was published this summer in Vietnam. Next translation: Farsi!

Nearly 500,000 people visit this website every month seeking information on reproductive health issues — early abortion options are one of the most popular topics, yet so is basic information about how our bodies work and is what they’re feeling “normal.” They also come to learn about drug safety and to read and share stories about their labor and birth experience.

We know OBOS is needed now more than ever, and with your help, we can create more health content, expand our global partnerships, and recruit a new generation of leaders.#OBOSTaughtMe the radical idea that women — not their parents, partners, politicians or doctors — could and should be authorities over their own bodies.
– Gloria SteinemGloria Steinem

To make this happen, OBOS needs to raise $100,000, and we need to do it by Tuesday, Dec. 1.

We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign, asking for public support so OBOS can continue to battle disinformation, protect women’s rights and empower the next generation of women’s health advocates. As part of this campaign, we’re asking supporters to inspire women and girls by posting something they learned from Our Bodies Ourselves with the hashtag #OBOSTaughtMe.

Gloria Steinem and Lena Dunham teamed up to co-write a letter, asking everyone to act now to sustain one of the longest and most critical revolutions for women: becoming healthy, free and in charge of our bodies. We’re pretty excited about what they learned from OBOS, and we hope you’ll share your story, too!

Join us so OBOS can continue the essential work it has done for more than four decades.

I’m in! What Can I Do to Help?

Donate to sustain Our Bodies Ourselves!

The deadline is only 5 weeks away! Please donate today and help Our Bodies Ourselves reach its $100,000 goal. Give $250 or more and receive a copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” signed by OBOS founders!

Join the outreach team for Our Bodies Ourselves!

Share the campaign far and wide! Ask your extended family, your colleagues, your friends, the people in your book group, and everyone else you know to ACT NOW so Our Bodies Ourselves can continue to provide accurate health information to women around the world.

We’ve put together sample Facebook and Twitter posts and a sample email that you can use to share the campaign! You can even create your own fundraising page.

Share your photo to inspire women and girls everywhere!

Post something you learned from Our Bodies Ourselves! Upload a photo of yourself with an #OBOSTaughtMe sign and join our photowall! Don’t forget to share your photo on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Thank you for being an advocate for accurate health information for everyone! 

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