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The original Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Not one, but 12 Boston feminists were behind the revolutionary Our Bodies, Ourselves booklet first published in 1970, the first document of its kind to be written by and for women. The booklet was so successful that the women formed the Boston Women's Health Book Collective and published Our Bodies, Ourselves as a bigger book in 1973. The landmark text covered taboo subjects like postpartum depression, female sexuality (can you believe that was once a taboo?), pregnancy and abortion. The book is now in its twelfth edition and has been printed in more than 20 languages.
Many sources don't individually name the women of the original Our Bodies, Ourselves crew, but we salute the following feminist pioneers: Nancy Miriam Hawley, Jane Pincus, Vilunya Diskin, Pam Berger, Joan Ditzion, Paula Doress-Worters, Ruth Bell Alexander, Esther Rome, Judy Norsigian, Wendy Sanford, Norma Swenson and Mary Stern.