Contributor to 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' to lecture

Nancy P. Hawley, a prominent member of the group that published the pioneering women’s health book Our Bodies, Ourselves, will conduct a workshop and deliver a lecture at Bates College Friday, March 15.

Hawley will conduct a session on new health and medical breakthroughs for women at 4 p.m. in Skelton Lounge. Her lecture, at 7 p.m. in Chase Hall Lounge, will cover the history of the women’s movement and of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, its publications and its plans.

The public is invited to both sessions at no charge.

The collective formed from informal gatherings in the Boston area in the late 1960s at which Hawley led discussions on women’s bodies and health. Our Bodies, Ourselves has since been published in 13 foreign editions and was named Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association in 1976.

Now a psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge, Mass., Hawley holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan. Her visit to Bates is sponsored by the Women’s Action Coalition student group.

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