Reaching our goal of $50K will ensure that our global partners can join us for the Symposium and related celebratory events on 10.1.2011.

I am going to tell you a story: Let’s go back to:

January, 1969. Richard Nixon is inaugurated as President; Martin Luther King, Jr. has been killed; Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy is dead; war is raging in Vietnam.

Late, April, 1969. It is early in the morning. I am sitting in a butterfly chair by my living room window in Cambridge. My 3 week old daughter Gina has finally fallen asleep in my arms. I am exhausted and questioning why I have taken on helping to organize the first women’s conference in Boston. Then I look at my daughter and think of friends who had unnecessary C-sections or had no access to legal abortions or accurate medical information.

May 4, 1969. I am standing in front of a packed room of women at Emmanuel College’s female liberation conference and I’m leading a workshop entitled “Control of Our Bodies.”

June, 1969-December, 1970. There is a lot of activity. We meet in each other’s homes; we research topics on women’s health and sexuality and gather women’s experiences; we mimeograph papers and deliver a course at an MIT lounge; women ask for a book; we raise money and print the book ourselves; in December, 1970 Women and Their Bodies (later named Our Bodies, Ourselves) is born.

In the next two years we sell 200,000 copies by word of mouth…every woman has a body and knowledge is power we sell the book to Simon and Schuster to achieve wider distribution.

By seeking information for ourselves, we saw value for all women, and we found that we could make a difference. In the context of the growing women and women and health movements, OBOS was one group of women that was instrumental in altering the global conversation about women’s health and sexuality

2010: 4.5 million copies- printed in more than 25 diverse language editions and formats- have been sold and distributed. We didn’t set out to transform the global conversation about women’s health and sexuality, and that is what we had a part in doing!

And the work continues to be carried on by our wonderful staff!

With some two-dozen network partners around the globe, we are honored to support the tenacious and visionary women and men behind these transformative projects.

As we gather with friends and colleagues to commemorate our 40th anniversary, we invite you to join us – to celebrate our network partners and blaze a trail for the next four decades.

As one of the original founders and co-authors of Our Bodies, Ourselves,

I am honored to invite you to:

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