off our backs

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off our backs  
Off our backs.png
Language English
Edited by Collective
Publication details
Publication history
off our backs, inc. (United States)
Frequency Bimonthly
Standard abbreviations
off our backs
ISSN 0030-0071
LCCN sv86023034
JSTOR 00300071
OCLC no. 1038241

off our backs (often referred to as oob) was an American radical feminist periodical that ran from 1970 to 2008.[1] It began publishing on February 27, 1970, with a twelve-page tabloid first issue. From 2002 the editors adapted it into a bimonthly journal.

off our backs was edited and published by a collective of women who practiced consensus decision-making. Marilyn Salzman Webb, Heidi Steffens, Marlene Wicks, Colette Reid, and Norma Lesser formed the original off our backs collective.[2] The staff later[when?] consisted of Carol Anne Douglas, Tacie Dejanikus, Amaya Roberson, Sherri Whatley, Laura Butterbaugh, Farar Elliott, Angie Manzano, Karla Mantilla, Jennie Ruby, Jenn Smith, Alice Henry, and Angie Young.[3]

off our backs was last published in 2008 due to financial trouble.[4] [5]

Archives of off our backs are housed at Hornbake Library, University of Maryland[6]

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  1. ^ Jenny Gunnarsson Payne (November 2009). "Feminist media as alternative media? A literature review". Interface: a journal for and about social movements. 1 (2). Archived from the original on 28 February 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ Brownmiller, Susan (2000). In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution. New York: Dial Press. ISBN 978-0-385-31486-2. OCLC 41885669.
  3. ^ "off our backs". Archived from the original on 24 June 2017.
  4. ^ Marshall, Lucinda (11 July 2008). "Off Our Backs In Financial Trouble". Women In Media and Film.
  5. ^ Steinshouer, Betty Jean; Douglas, Carol Anne (Winter 2016). "An Interview with Carol Anne Douglas: off our backs and Other Feminist Phenomena". Trivia: Voices of Feminism (17).
  6. ^ hdl:1903.1/11903 Off Our Backs archives