In April 2018, the board, founders and staff of Our Bodies Ourselves came to the difficult decision that the organization no longer had the resources or infrastructure to continue its main programs using paid staff.
As of October 1, 2018, OBOS will transition to a volunteer-led 501(c)3 and will scale back OBOS’s core work to two primary activities: advocating for women’s health and social justice and providing limited technical support to OBOS’s global partners working on translation/adaptation projects.
To find out more, read this announcement from Our Bodies Ourselves Board Chair Bonnie Shepard.
Below are some clarifications to the announcement.
- “Our Bodies, Ourselves” is not ceasing publication, rather, we have decided that the award-winning 2011 update will be the last updated edition. The 2011 edition of our signature book, “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” is still distributed by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, both in print and as an e-book. The information is largely still accurate, since so much of the most changeable medical information was posted on our website and not published in the 2011 printed book. What we cannot do right now is carry out content updates at the website, although the blogs will sometimes highlight key topics and concerns going forward. Much of the content of the 2011 and previous books relating to the experiences of women of all ages with reproduction, sexuality, and other key women’s health issues is still highly relevant today.
- The nonprofit organization, Our Bodies Ourselves, was not able to develop a sustainable financial model that would ensure a reasonable workload for the staff. For this reason, paid staff will be transitioning off by September 2018.
- Nonetheless, the advocacy work and limited support for OBOS translation and adaption projects will continue with this new volunteer-driven nonprofit model.
- A special legacy portion of the website will be offering important information on how OBOS’s legacy continues to have an impact, as well as what OBOS founders and colleagues may be doing, etc.
- The many wonderful stories about how OBOS has had an influence on so many people’s lives will continue to be gathered and will eventually reside with the OBOS archives at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute.