More than 45 years ago, we — the founders of Our Bodies Ourselves — first met to talk about our lives, our health, and our bodies. We had never discussed these intimate issues publicly. We came to believe then, as we do now, that there is no substitute for a small group of women, in the spirit of mutual trust and respect, listening, speaking, and honoring the truth of our own lived experiences.
Through our conversations and ensuing research, we developed a course via a newsprint book to keep our conversations going. That first book became Our Bodies, Ourselves
, which has since been updated and reissued in nine editions over four decades and adapted
into more than 30 languages, selling close to 5 million copies overall.
At present, we are a vibrant, active founders group deeply involved with the future of the Our Bodies Ourselves
organization (OBOS). The work we started is far from done. We are appalled at the recent election rhetoric that advocates a serious undermining of women’s rights, revealing dangerously sexist and racist attitudes. We are bracing ourselves to fight attempts to reverse advances in basic reproductive and human rights, from birth control and abortion to sexual and gender identity. Continue reading