Judy Norsigian Accepts Spring Faculty Position


The College of Arts and Sciences announces the addition of Judy Norsigian to its spring visiting faculty.  She will teach “Advocacy in Women's Health” as part of the M.A.  program in Women’s Health.  The class will be open to all students enrolled in a graduate program at Suffolk.

Norsigian is executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves, an organization dedicated to providing accessible, research-based information about women's health and sexuality and human rights, both in the United States and abroad.  She is co-author of Our Bodies Ourselves, a guidebook for women to better understand their bodies, rights, and medical options.  Originally published in the 1970s and newly revised in 2005, Our Bodies Ourselves  has sold over 3 million copies.

Norsigian has been at the forefront of the women’s health movement for many years. She has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Phil Donahue Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.  She served on the board of the National Women's Health Network for 14 years and continues to remain active in this national membership organization.  Her interests include reproductive health concerns, the media and women's health, genetics, tobacco and women, women and health care reform, and midwifery advocacy.

Among her honors are the Public Service Award from the Massachusetts Public Health Association (1989); Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, from Worcester State College (1994); Radcliffe College Alumnae Association Annual Recognition Award (1995); induction into the Boston YWCA's Academy of Women Achievers (1996); the 2002 Massachusetts Health Council Award; and her selection in 2003 as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women's eNews.

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