Our Bodies Ourselves and the Women’s Health Movement in the United States: Some Reflections

By Judy Norsigian | American Journal of Public Health |

The second-wave women’s health movement (WHM) in the United States had its origins in the late 1960s, when women’s groups, providers of health services, and their allies organized to legalize abortion. Many of these groups soon engaged in other health issues as well, establishing health centers controlled by women and self-help organizations that advocated policy changes. Some produced publications, the most notable of which was Our Bodies, Ourselves by the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, later known as Our Bodies Ourselves.

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