Judy Norsigian

OBOS Co-founder; Member of OBOS Board of Directors and OBOS Today Leadership Council

Judy Norsigian is a co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves. She served as executive director of the organization from 2001 – 2015 and as chair of the OBOS Board of Directors from 2018 – 2023.

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. The last print 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.