A crowd funding campaign has saved the organization behind the iconic book "Our Bodies, Ourselves" from the brink of collapse.
"Our Bodies, Ourselves" was first published in 1971 by a women's collective called Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) and it soon became an invaluable source of information about women's sexual and reproductive health to generations of women in the U.S. and around the world. But despite its success, funding dried up and in 2015 it looked like OBOS was going to shut down.
OBOS called in Gloria Steinem and Lena Dunham, who teamed up to write a fundraising letter asking supporters to contribute to "the book that rocked the world." Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with OBOS' new executive director Julie Childers and co-founder Judy Norsigian about the impact and new vision of "Our Bodies, Ourselves."
"What is so distinctive and important about 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' is how we combine information about women’s bodies that leads to self-knowledge with political activism and with an understanding of how the social and political sphere influences how we live our lives,” Childers said.
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This segment aired on June 2, 2016.