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The Boston Women's Health Book Collective

In 1969, the Boston Women's Health Book Collective began as a small group of feminist activists who--out of the process of consciousness raising--came to the realize that too many women (including themselves) were left in the dark about their own bodies. Derived from their own questions, concerns and experiences the Boston Women's Health Book Collective published a 35-cent, 136 page book first titled "Women and Their Bodies" (1970) that discussed a range of topics specific to women's health, including pregnancy, abortion and postpartum depression.

The booklet sold 250,000 copies in New England. The publication expanded over the years, and was given a new title, "Our Bodies, Ourselves". The book is now about 300 pages thick, and has grown to include new topics of relevance. It has sold over 4 million copies. "Our Bodies, Ourselves" has been translated into over 20 languages and has been modified to adapt to the cultures of respective geographic regions. It has become a staple in doctor's & Planned Parenthood offices, and homes internationally. The Boston Women's Health Book Collective is now a non-profit entity called Our Bodies Ourselves.

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