December 17, 2008

Give the Gift of OBOS

Looking for great gifts that are sure to be used and loved long after the holidays are over? Are you also considering making a year-end donation to a worthy organization that empowers women and advocates for their health and rights?

Give the gift of one of our “Our Bodies, Ourselves” books and you can do both.

Donate just $30 to OBOS, and we’ll send the book of your choice to you or someone on your holiday list.

Your contribution will go toward supporting OBOS’s advocacy work and outreach in the United States and in the many other countries where women’s groups have turned to OBOS for guidance and assistance in creating their own version of the “women’s health bible.” Take a look at some of the books in progress; often these books and the campaigns that women develop around them are the communities’ main source of information on women’s health and rights.

If you want to make a secure contribution through Guidestar.org or JustGive.org, use the “designate” field to indicate the book you’d like to receive. Include the recipient’s name and address if the book is a gift. Or, if you prefer to donate by mail, send a note with your selection. You’ll receive one book for every $30 you donate.

We promise you’ll feel doubly good.

If there’s a copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” on your bookshelf, then you’re aware that it’s a gift that truly keeps on giving. How many times have you turned to OBOS with a question and appreciated the honest, empowering information and personal stories that have been the hallmark of OBOS for almost 30 years?

Even Stephen Colbert has a soft spot for “Our Bodies, Ourselves” (or at least a burning desire).

Did you know there’s also a Spanish language adaptation? More than a translation, “Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas” reflects Latina perspectives on health and sexuality.

Our new single-topic books have also become essential reading. The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health recently called “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth, “an outstanding resource,” adding, “It should be in every midwife’s lending library and on every list of recommended reading for pregnancy and birth … its authors’ respect and compassion for the realities of women’s lives shines through on every page.”

Speaking of “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause,” Byllye Avery, founder of the National Black Women’s Health Project, said, “Once again, the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective has provided us with a book all women can trust.”

In an article published in The Nation about Kathy Davis’s book “The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels Across Borders,” New York University history professor Linda Gordon wrote:

The progressive social movements of the last half-century produced millions of pages of print, from manifestos to journalism to novels, but nothing as influential as Our Bodies, Ourselves. The feminist women’s health manual is the American left’s most valuable written contribution to the world. This claim is meant to be provocative, of course, but it’s true.

With one donation, you can make a difference in the lives of women you know and help to advance a global movement. Happy giving!


One Response to “Give the Gift of OBOS”

  1. Sarah Elise Says:

    I Love OBOS!! Great blog too!!

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