OBOS in the News

Who Do We Think We Are?

This American Life |

Soon after returning home from mosque, I had words to describe what I thought had happened to me. Female genital cutting. Female genital circumcision. Clitorectomy. Female genital mutilation, or FGM.

I sat with my copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” that my American aunt had given me. The book has photos and diagrams of female genitalia, and suggests using a mirror to be able to see and understand your body better. Locked in my bathroom with a hand mirror between my legs, I realized that there was … More

Our Bodies Ourselves hires new executive director

The Boston Globe |

The Boston Globe | April 28, 2016

It wasn’t so long ago that the group behind the groundbreaking book “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” was fighting for its financial life. Indeed, just last fall the Cambridge women’s health collective known as Our Bodies Ourselves announced that due to several factors — the Internet, dwindling grants, and the lack of a long-term financial plan — the organization was strapped for money and might have to close.

But a crowdfunding campaigned supported by the likes of Gloria Steinem … More

A Call For Protecting the Health of Women Who Donate Their Eggs

CommonHealth |

As couples and individuals continue to rely on assisted reproductive technology to overcome infertility, to make parenthood possible for gay couples and for other reasons, the demand for eggs is increasing swiftly. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of donor eggs used for in vitro fertilization increased about 70 percent per year, from 10,801 to 18,306, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

And although there are no exact figures for how many young women engage in egg-retrieval-for-pay, the numbers are … More

Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Mothers

Common Sense Pregnancy |

Jeanne Faulkner of Common Sense Pregnancy talks with OBOS’s own Judy Norsigian about her role in changing women’s health and her thoughts on the issues women face today in reproductive and maternal healthcare.

Listen to the podcast: Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Mothers

The JWA Podcast: Episode 2 | Body of Knowledge

Jewish Women's Archives |

45 years ago a group of women in the Boston area collectively published Our Bodies Ourselves—a groundbreaking book that put forward the radical notion that women should get to know their own bodies and take charge of their health and sexuality. Since its first publication, the book has sold more than four million copies and been adapted into 30 languages. In this episode, we talk to Vilunya Diskin, one of the founders of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Juanita Crider, who participated in updating … More

Our Bodies Ourselves Turns for Help to Women It Has Helped

Women's Media Center |

The book would go on to sell more than four million copies. In 2012 the Library of Congress named Our Bodies, Ourselves one of 88 “Books That Shaped America.” To build on this foundation of the book, the authors created Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), a nonprofit organization that “develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality.” The OBOS website now has nearly half a million unique visitors per month, and remains the go-to source for women-centered, reliable health information.

Now, however, … More

Group behind landmark book for women struggles to survive

The Boston Globe |

Though the entire book is not online, much of its information is available on OBOS’s website and continually updated digitally. The group’s Global Initiative works with women’s organizations around the world to adapt and translate the book; in Iran, local women recently adapted and translated a chapter on body image into Farsi.

In the United States, the information is more relevant than ever, said Judy Norsigian, a founding member of the collective who became its executive director. “As the Internet has grown, so has … More

Shaping Women’s Lives: Our Bodies, Ourselves

Psychology Today |

Norsigian is a smart, impassioned speaker who is deeply committed to social justice, empowerment, and public and ethical responsibility in medicine and research. One of my favorite Norsigian statements was that, “gatekeepers no longer have the control they had in the past.” With the Internet and social media, we can learn, share, evaluate, reflect, and work with each other and with key experts and others to organize for change.

Read the full story:  Shaping Women’s Lives: Our Bodies, Ourselves by … More

From Boston to the World: Our Bodies, Ourselves Still Sparks Change

Boston.com |

“Our Bodies Ourselves started as a small organization, but I view it as being a major catalyst to the women’s health movement,” Johnson told Boston.com. “It’s about women having agency regarding their heath. Everything else in the modern women’s health movement flows from that work.”

Read the full story: From Boston to the World: Our Bodies, Ourselves Still Sparks Change by Kristin Toussaint

Boston’s Forgotten Role in the Women’s Movement

Huffington Post | March 5, 2015

The most important book published during the Second Wave Women’s Movement, in my opinion, and also in the last century was “Our Bodies, Ourselves” (originally called the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective).

Now a global project with its motto “Information Inspires Action,” the book helped launch the women’s health movement and inspire, empower and equip women worldwide with information on health, sexuality and reproduction to claim the rights of their bodies. Translated in at least 29 languages, the New York Times called … More