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Former FDA official discusses women's health, Feb. 21

Susan Wood, formerly the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's top official on women's health issues, will speak on "Women's Health, Emergency Contraception and the FDA" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Wood served as the FDA's assistant commissioner for women's health and director of the agency's Office of Women's Health from 2000 to 2005. She resigned in protest of the agency's decision to delay a final ruling on whether the "morning-after pill" contraceptive should be made more easily accessible.

Before joining the FDA, Wood was the director for policy and program development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, where she focused on issues in the areas of international health, reproductive health, legislation and health care policy.

From 1990 to 1995, Wood worked for the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, an organization of members of Congress dedicated to advancing legislation promoting legal, economic and health equity for women. Prior to that, Wood was a research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Office of Population Research and the Gender and Policy Network.  

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