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Will You Join Us to #WriteTheNextChapter on Women’s Health?

November 18, 2016

Like you, we’re just starting to process what the next four years will mean for women’s health and rights. But one thing…

Listen: Our Bodies Ourselves On NPR’s “Here & Now”

June 2, 2016

Did you catch OBOS’s new and former executive directors talking this morning with host Robin Young on NPR/WBUR’s Here and Now? Julie Childers and…

The Push to Reduce Unnecessary C-Sections

May 2, 2016

Special thanks to Rachel Breman, Amy Romano, and Carol Sakala for their work on this post. While cesarean sections are sometimes necessary and…

It was on the bookshelf of every hippie, woman-loving communal house in college

April 19, 2016

by Marigo When I was ten years old, my childhood best friend read me passages from “Our Bodies, Ourselves” in a bedroom…

First Fundraising Goal Exceeded!

December 10, 2015

We did it!! In just 7 weeks, the #OBOSTaughtMe crowdfunding campaign raised $165,039, far surpassing our initial $100,000 goal! We are thrilled and deeply…

Two Resources for Comparing C-section Rates

December 7, 2015

Today about 1 in 3 women give birth by cesarean section. While some cesareans are necessary and even life-saving,  in most situations, spontaneous…

Building a Global Community to Advance Women’s Health and Human Rights

November 30, 2015

I have been with Our Bodies Ourselves since 2006, co-piloting OBOS’s Global Initiative with Sally Whelan, one of the organization’s founders. My…

We Sparked a Women’s Health Movement by Speaking and Listening to the Truth

November 23, 2015

by the Founders of Our Bodies Ourselves Those of us who founded Our Bodies Ourselves (formerly known as the Boston Women’s Health…

Dispatches from Vietnam: Learning From “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

November 17, 2015

By Khuat Thu Hong In July 2015, the Hanoi-based Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) published a three-volume version of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”…

How OBOS Inspired “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves”

November 10, 2015

by Wendy Sanford, OBOS Founder As one of the people here at OBOS who has long been invested in including the issues…

How One Book Educated Generations About Their Bodies #OBOSTaughtMe

November 6, 2015

OBOS means information to me. Years ago, I remember purchasing the book that finally answered so many questions for me I couldn’t…

A Message from Gloria, Lena & 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…

A Note from Gloria Steinem & Lena Dunham

October 28, 2015

Dear Friend, #OBOSTaughtMe everything from menstruation to masturbation. – Lena DunhamThe two of us are from different generations, yet we were both…

Boston Playwright Will Donate Proceeds From “Voices of We” to Local Women’s Organizations

April 14, 2015

“The Voices of We,” a new play by Boston-area stage and screenwriter Robbi D’Allessandro, is making its world premiere April 25 to…

‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ Celebrates the History of ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’

March 6, 2015

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” filmmaker Mary Dore and Our Bodies Ourselves founders discussed the critically acclaimed documentary and OBOS’s place in the…

Forum on Cross-Border Surrogacy, Adoption Attracts Scholars, Human Rights Activists and Policymakers

September 18, 2014

Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society and OBOS’s Sally Whelan recently attended a conference on international adoption and surrogacy…

Bringing Transparency to Cross-Border Surrogacy

August 5, 2014

by Elayne Clift Following multiple miscarriages, a U.S. couple considers in vitro fertilization (IVF), adoption and surrogacy options. They finally decide to…

Center for Genetics and Society and Our Bodies Ourselves Receive MacArthur Foundation Award

June 11, 2014

by Judy Norsigian & Marcy Darnovsky We are delighted to announce that the Center for Genetics and Society and Our Bodies Ourselves…

OBOS’s History is the History of the Women’s Liberation Movement

May 11, 2014

By Joan Ditzion At a recent conference at Boston University, OBOS founders Nancy Miriam Hawley, Paula Doress-Worters, Wendy Sanford, and myself wove…

Experts Discuss Women’s Health Movement and Healthcare Reform

March 18, 2014

“We are a very rich country, but we have rationed healthcare in a way that is unconscionable.” Judy Norsigian, Our Bodies Ourselves…

It’s all about equality, right?

February 20, 2014

by Andrew Gordon As a lifelong and active liberal, I walked into Dr. Jill Gillespie’s Intro to Women’s Studies class my senior year…