Our Bodies Ourselves was a revolutionary publication, helping women take control over their own bodies, by exploring women’s health, sexuality, and bodies in its chapters, information that was not readily available to women at the time of the book’s publication. In honor and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the first publication of Our Bodies Ourselves, we are convening a panel of experts to discuss a range of topics related to women’s health.

Cohosted with Our Bodies Ourselves.


  • 4:30 – 4:35 p.m.
  • Opening Remarks
    Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
  • 4:35 – 4:45 p.m.
  • History of Our Bodies Ourselves
    Judy Norsigian, Co-Founder, Our Bodies Ourselves
  • 4:45 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Maternity Care
    Nashira Baril, Founder, Neighborhood Birth Center (SPH ’06)
  • 5:00 – 5:15 p.m.
  • Menstrual Equity
    Charlie Ruth Castro, Co-Founder, Fundación Mujeres Con Derechos
  • 5:15- 5:30 p.m.
  • Commodification of Women's Bodies
    Wendy Chavkin, Professor Emerita, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
  • 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Moderated Discussion and Q&A


  • Nashira Baril (SPH ’06)

    Founder, Neighborhood Birth Center

  • Charlie Ruth Castro

    Co-Founder, Fundación Mujeres Con Derechos

  • Wendy Chavkin

    Professor Emerita, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

  • Judy Norsigian

    MODERATOR, Co-Founder, Our Bodies Ourselves


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