Fund 7 women translating/adapting OBOS, to travel from countries across the globe, to join the OBOS 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Photo of OBOS Founders & Staff by Emily Corbato, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University.
I was privileged to be one of the small group that organized and created 'a course by and for women' that became Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Book by and for Women . There were a number of life experiences that drew me to this project. In the mid-1960s, I was active in the Peace and the Civil Rights movements and then drawn to the Women’s Liberation Movement as it unfolded in Boston. In 1966, as a new mother by choice, I was surprised to find myself in the throes of a severe postpartum depression. I turned to books to discover the causes, but found nothing written for lay people. So, when I attended the session on “Women and Control of Our Bodies” at the first regional Women’s Liberation conference in Boston, I resonated to the experiences of those seeking information about birth control, abortion, and childbirth, but I knew I wanted to research what caused some women to suffer from prolonged depression following childbirth. The process of doing this work in a women's group was empowering. Through the research for our course and later the book, I regained confidence in myself as a mother and a community activist, improved my writing skills, and made lifelong friends. Most of all, like everyone else in the working group, I learned the power of sharing our questions, concerns and experiences as some of us had done in consciousness-raising groups. Today, Our Bodies Ourselves is available in more than 25 translations and is currently being translated into seven languages by women from six countries seeking to empower women in their communities. What better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary than to bring those women to Boston to be part of the celebration?