SMU presents Judy Norsigian
Women's health advocate Judy Norsigian, author of Our Bodies Ourselves, will speak at SMU. Our Bodies Ourselves, first published in 1970, prompted dramatic changes in the treatment of women's health issues. Journalist Lee Cullum will moderate a discussion of the book's long history and its continuing relevance.
The Library of Congress in 2012 named Our Bodies Ourselves to its list of 88 books that shaped America. Norsigian was author and editor for each of the nine editions of the landmark book on sexuality and reproductive health. A new and revised edition published by Simon & Schuster in 2011 received critical acclaim, including being named one of the best consumer health books of that year by Library Journal.
Norsigian served from 2001 to 2015 as executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves, a nonprofit, public interest organization that develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality. She continues to advise the Boston-based organization.