Women Deliver received with sadness the news from Guttmacher Institute on the passing of Jeannie I. Rosoff, one of the organization’s founders and its second President and CEO. She served as President from 1978 to 1999. Rosoff was a critical advocate for girls and women throughout her lifetime and career, and her efforts led to the creation of the Title X Family Planning Program, the only federally-funded grant program in the United States dedicated to providing comprehensive family planning and related health services.
Rosoff led the Guttmacher Institute as it widely became recognized as an authority for research and analysis of legal and policy restrictions on access to abortion services, and for research on maternal health and family planning both domestically in the United States and globally. She was also a private-sector member of the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.
Rosoff’s great contributions to the field have been formally recognized by U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton. We remember her for her steadfast dedication to making this world a better place for girls and women, and she will be greatly missed.