Our Bodies, Ourselves author Norsigian to speak for Assembly Series March 2

Judy Norsigian, co-author of the landmark feminist book Our Bodies, Ourselves, will deliver a lecture titled “The Impact of Media on Women’s Health” at 11 a.m. March 2 in Graham Chapel for the Assembly Series.

Judy Norsigian
Judy Norsigian

Norsigian’s lecture is in conjunction with the Kemper Art Museum exhibition Inside Out Loud: Visualizing Women’s Health in Contemporary Art.

First published in 1973, Our Bodies, Ourselves addresses health care for women and helped spearhead the women’s health movement.

Norsigian and her colleagues veered from the perspective of the male-dominated medical establishment and for the first time dealt with health-care issues unique to women. The authors noted how discrimination can affect the health of women and minority groups.

Norsigian began her involvement in women’s health as an employee of the Cambridge Youth Resources Bureau, organizing and leading youth discussion groups on sexuality. Soon afterward, she began working for the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, a commitment that has spanned three decades.

Panel discussion

Judy Norsigian will also participate in a panel discussion on “Women and Stem Cell Research” at 4 p.m. March 2 in the Uncas A. Whitaker Hall for Biomedical Engineering Auditorium.

She will be joined by WUSTL faculty members Rebecca S. Dresser, J.D., the Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law; and the School of Medicine’s Susan E. Lanzendorf, Ph.D., and Kelle H. Moley, Ph.D., both associate professors of obstetrics and gynecology.

The program will end at 6 p.m. with a reception.

The organization’s name was later changed to “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” and Norsigian serves as its executive director.

Since co-writing Our Bodies, Ourselves, Norsigian has authored and edited numerous other publications on women’s health. She has made appearances on a number of television and radio broadcasts, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, National Public Radio and NBC Nightly News.

Additionally, she has served on the boards and councils of numerous organizations and journals that relate to women’s health, including the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, Women and Health and the National Women’s Health Network.

Assembly Series lectures are free and open to the public.

For more information, go online to assemblyseries.wustl.edu or call 935-4620.