Judy Norsigian is a co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves who also served as executive director of the organization from 2001 to 2015. In a volunteer capacity, she now continues to advise OBOS staff and to help with fundraising for OBOS projects.
An internationally renowned speaker and author on a range of women’s health concerns, her areas of focus include women and health care reform, abortion and contraception, childbirth (especially the role of midwifery), genetics and reproductive technologies, and drug and device safety.
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.
Judy has been an author and editor for each of the nine editions of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” the organization’s landmark book on sexuality and reproductive health. A new and revised edition published by Simon & Schuster in 2011 — 40 years after the book’s initial publication — received critical acclaim, including being named one of the best consumer health books of that year by Library Journal.
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.
Judy graduated from Radcliffe College in 1970. She lives in Newton, Mass.
Recent Video Interviews
The Fight Over Women’s Bodies
Retro Report, Sept 11, 2017
American Voices: Judy Norsigian
Need to Know, PBS, Dec. 7, 2012
Experts: Judy Norsigian
BigThink.com, Jan. 24, 2012
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