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Celebrating 40 Years of the Black Women’s Health Imperative

October 30, 2023

On Friday, October 13, 2023,  Black women and allies gathered at the Black-owned Salamander DC Hotel to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of…

A message from the Founders of Our Bodies Ourselves

September 26, 2022

As we approach the 53rd anniversary of the first stapled, newsprint edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, we are thrilled to announce and…

The Legacy of Teen Voices Magazine

January 14, 2022

Teen Voices (1988-2012) was a trailblazing journalism, mentoring, and youth leadership nonprofit that produced an internationally distributed magazine written entirely by and…

Our Bodies Ourselves Update: November 2021

November 8, 2021

By the Our Bodies Ourselves Board of Directors: Diana Namumbejja Abwoye, Aziza Ahmed, Cris Alonso, Sherry Flashman, Miriam Hawley, Elizabeth Levy, Judy…

Watch Our Bodies Ourselves Virtual Events!

October 10, 2021

Each year, Our Bodies Ourselves participates in various events that feature or celebrate the history, legacy, and ongoing work of OBOS. This…

Celebrating “Nossos Corpos por Nós Mesmas” and Transnational Feminist Health!

October 1, 2021

After more than two years in the making, the first volume of “Nossos Corpos por Nós Mesmas,” has arrived! The book, a…

Celebrate Pride Month with a #GiveOUTDay donation to Our Bodies Ourselves Today!

June 21, 2021

Our Bodies Ourselves Today, a new online platform featuring up-to-date information about health, sexuality, and well-being, is set to launch in 2022…

Abortion and Women’s Rights in 1970: A Film

October 12, 2020

In these scary times, with the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, it’s more important than ever to understand the history…

Addressing Institutional Racism & Health Inequality: My Perspective

August 18, 2020

Covid-19 has affected all aspects of our lives. It has exposed how much the United States is an unequal place for people…

Adapting “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to Brazilian Portuguese: The Translators’ Experiences

July 30, 2020

“[H]aving the opportunity of translating … “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to Brazilian Portuguese … brings me a profound sense of accomplishment, since there…

Statement on Abortion and Reproductive Justice

August 30, 2019

August 2019 The founders and board of directors of Our Bodies Ourselves believe abortion is an integral component of health care and…

“Simone de Beauvoir alone would never have gotten me from intellect to action”

June 13, 2019

Note from OBOS co-founder Judy Norsigian: After publication of my reflections piece in the June 2019 issue of the American Journal of…

Our Bodies Ourselves Update: May 2019

June 3, 2019

Our Bodies Ourselves is now more than seven months into its transition to a volunteer-driven nonprofit, with a few paid consultants, a…

“A Female Body in this Specific Moment”: Our Bodies Ourselves Exhibition

March 19, 2019

As the 50th anniversary of the first edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” approaches, a New Haven museum has launched an exhibition featuring…

The OBOS Founders’ Chronicle: 2017

July 18, 2018

Begun during the early days of the second wave of the U.S. women’s movement, Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) (formerly known as the…

A Message About the Future of Our Bodies Ourselves

April 2, 2018

A letter from Our Bodies Ourselves Board Chair Bonnie Shepard, April 2018 Dear friends, I am writing to you – our longstanding…

Putting Health First: The Global Business of International Commercial Surrogacy

December 28, 2017

OBOS has long been known for calling attention to women’s health concerns that are overlooked due to financial profit, insensitivity, or simple…

Art Not Just For Art’s Sake

December 6, 2017

There are many extraordinary people among us. In October, the Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum celebrated some of…

“Our Bodies, Ourselves” in Luganda: Changing the Course of Ugandan Women’s Health and Rights

November 27, 2017

I first met Diana Namumbejja Abwoye, now a nurse practitioner student at Boston’s Simmons College, in 2013. With her soft voice and…

Different Waves, Same Wavelength: Intergenerational Reflections on Feminism

November 22, 2017

My friend Norma is 85 years old. I am 23. On the day we first met, while working on the same OBOS…

Join Gloria Steinem and Our Bodies Ourselves for an evening of conversation!

May 16, 2017

a note from OBOS executive director Julie Childers… Dear friends of OBOS, I’m delighted to invite you to an intimate evening of…