Click here to make a donation to Our Bodies Ourselves Today in memory of Adele.

Dr. Adele E. Clarke, MA, PhD, (1945-2024) was a feminist scholar-activist who made great contributions to both the academic field of women’s health and the women’s health movement. She was Professor Emerita of Sociology and History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, where she had been a faculty member since 1985.

Adele’s relationship with Our Bodies Ourselves spanned decades. She contributed to many editions of the book, sharing her insights, wisdom, and generous heart. She often wrote about the intersections of science, technology, and society, and worked on multiple editions of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” as a writer and reader. She wrote lucidly about Pap smear technology and cervical health for the book, often as part of a team.

Among her vast scholarly output, Adele was co-editor of two very important texts that were core resources for Our Bodies Ourselves over many years:  “Women’s Health: Differences and Complexities” (Ohio State University Press, 1997) and “Revisioning Women, Health and Healing” (Routledge, 1999).

Adele brought Our Bodies Ourselves co-founder and former executive director Judy Norsigian to speak to her students at UCSF, hosting her at her own home. Judy remembers being a co-panelist with Adele for an event in the Bay Area many years ago, and being so impressed with how Adele engaged students, handled questions, and encouraged critical thinking. “She was such a wonderful colleague!”

Our Bodies Ourselves Today Executive Director Amy Agigian recalls gratefully how Adele served on the Advisory Board of Suffolk University’s Master of Arts in Women’s Health program and helped recruit students to it. Adele also provided invaluable input regarding Our Bodies Ourselves Today, especially in the areas of abortion and contraception. This kind of generosity to those working for women’s health and reproductive justice was typical of Adele.

As Judy says, “The work continues, and Adele’s legacy will be felt for many years to come.” Indeed, Adele included Our Bodies Ourselves in her list of charity bequests. If you would like to honor Adele’s memory with a gift to Our Bodies Ourselves Today, you can do so by clicking here.

Note: when you make the donation, please check the box titled “This Gift Is In Memory Of Adele E. Clarke.”

You can read a more extensive obituary of Adele here.

headshot of Adele E. Clarke