Feminism Is: Molly Boeder Harris — Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit

October 24, 2014

Molly Boeder Harris is the founder and Executive Director of the BREATHE Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people who have survived sexual violence find holistic healers who offer their mind-body-spirit services on a sliding scale.  Convinced that post-traumatic stress needs to be resolved not just in the brain but also in embodied healing modalities, she works as a certified trauma-sensitive yoga instructor and recently earned a certification in somatic experiencing.

Her blog entries tell stories of resilience and healing, including an (trigger warning) alternatingly heart-wrenching and life-affirming account of sitting for a Pegasus tattoo that signified her own recovery from a stranger’s attack, while the radio in the tattoo shop played the same song she heard when she’d been raped.

Read the post here.

Harris holds a Master’s degree in International Studies and a Master’s certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies with an emphasis in transnational feminism from DePaul University.  She has served as the Director of the Women’s Resource Center at Southern Oregon University, a professional medical and legal advocate at a rape crisis center, and a bilingual children’s advocate.


Alena Amato Ruggerio
Alena Amato Ruggerio, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of Communication at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She has served on SOU’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Council for fifteen years, and was the Interim Coordinator of Women’s Studies for one year. She also served for eleven years on the EEWC-Christian Feminism Today Council, and has delivered plenary addresses and workshops at several CFT conferences. Dr. Ruggerio is the editor of Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers (Lexington Books), and a contributor to Talking Taboo: Christian Women Get Frank About Faith (White Cloud Press). She lives in the southwestern corner of Oregon with her husband Bradley and their two astonishingly adorable cats.


  1. Molly, you are fierce! It’s an honor to know about you. My husband and I were clients of your Dad’s and Diantha Harris is one of my favorite people on the planet! Way to go! Very proud of you.


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