Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, who served as the United States’ 15th surgeon general during the Clinton Administration, will discuss the state of women’s healthcare in America during SMU’s 2009 Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture in Women’s Studies. The event takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.
Dr. Elders became the first African American and the second woman to hold the post of surgeon general when she was sworn in on Sept. 8, 1993. As surgeon general, she initiated programs to combat youth smoking and teen pregnancy and to increase childhood immunizations. She remains an influential advocate for prenatal care, healthcare reform, women’s health and treatments for HIV/AIDS.