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Saundra Pelletier
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Ms. Pelletier is the Founding CEO of WomanCare Global, a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of women, their families and communities, by enabling access to quality, affordable women’s healthcare products through a sustainable global supply chain. She is also CEO of Evofem Inc., a privately held biotechnology company that develops advanced prescription and consumer products in the areas of contraception, feminine care, and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Pelletier has dedicated her life and career to empowering women. She has traveled the country as a keynote speaker for women’s organizations and corporations to raise awareness for international equality. Most recently, she launched a reproductive health educational campaign, “If You Don’t Tell Them, Then Who Will?” with actor and activist Jessica Biel.

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Real Sex: On Being Bold and Breaking Taboos

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 4:28 PM

When Jessica Biel and I first started talking about the "If You Don't Tell Them, Then Who Will" campaign, it hit us early on that we wanted to encourage real women to have real conversations about their bodies. In order to do that, we knew we had to...

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How Did the Rate of U.S. Teen Pregnancies Become the Highest in the Developed World?

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 9:18 PM

I see this often: women and girls are too embarrassed to ask sensitive, detailed questions about what is happening to their own bodies. This is true for women and girls of every age. It doesn't help that only 22 states and the District of Columbia require that public schools teach...

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Taking the Lead on Women's Public Health

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 6:49 PM

Picture a young woman in a remote village in rural Africa. Her village sits in the midst of far reaching grasslands. She cannot read or write. There is no school, no running water and she's far too young to be caring for her three small children, all under the age...

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International Women's Day: Give Yourself the Chance to Be Extraordinary

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:24 PM

As I think about International Women's Day on March 8th, it reminds me that throughout my life I have been groomed by a series of extraordinary women who have always encouraged me to be an advocate for women who need a louder voice. I grew up in Caribou, Maine, a...

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Looking Forward: From Problems to Progress

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 10:30 AM

As this year comes to a close, I'll take this time for reflection and introspection -- to celebrate the successes, lament the missteps and be grateful for how far WomanCare Global has come. But it won't be long before I'll start thinking about tomorrow and the work that...

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How We Can Stop Failing the World's Girls

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 2:41 PM

The UNFPA recently released a report called "Motherhood in Childhood," providing more concrete and stark evidence that girls are being compromised -- globally, and particularly in the developing world. Let me start off by giving you some facts from the UNFPA report. There are over 580 million adolescent...

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Experiencing the Clinton Global Initiative: Committed to Sustainable Change

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 6:10 PM

We have all attended conferences knowing that 10% will be substantive and 90% will be superfluous. CGI is not that conference. The substance of the program is unparalleled. Each of the main speakers is a well-developed leader in an area of global change and is strategically selected to provoke ideas...

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Celebrating World Contraception Day

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 8:34 AM

This week, the WCG team and I are headed to New York City to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a yearly meeting where global leaders convene to forge solutions to the world's most pressing challenges by connecting, collaborating and making effective and measurable commitments. During this same week,...

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Women's Equality Day: Mobilizing the Women of the World

(4) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 10:37 AM

What does investing in women and in their ability to advocate for themselves mean for the world? In Caribou, Maine, where I'm from, girls had two choices when they were growing up - who they would marry and how many children they would have. There were many "invisible women" who...

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Social Good Capitalism: Driving Opportunity Through Choice

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 6:45 PM

Why Women Need Choice

In 2012, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, "The greatest return comes from investing in girls and women. When they are educated they drive development in the families, communities and nations." Indeed, the Secretary General's comments are supported by data: An article in The...

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What Women Want

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 1:30 PM

As CEO of WomanCare Global, a non-profit supply chain for reproductive care products, I've talked to thousands of women from almost every continent. What women, and specifically mothers, want is astonishingly simple: to provide a better life for their children. They also know they can provide a better quality of...

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Providing Real Choice for Women in Developing Countries

(2) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 7:24 PM

Less than a year ago many of us assembled in London for a groundbreaking family planning summit, where we committed ourselves to mobilizing resources so that an additional 120 million women and girls in the world's poorest countries receive family planning information, services and supplies by 2020. This week, we...

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