ACOG Proudly Observes International Women's Day

March 8, 2017

Washington, DC —Thomas Gellhaus, MD, president of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), released the following statement on International Women's Day 2017:

“As obstetrician-gynecologists, our mission is to ensure that women everywhere have access to the best possible health care. Adequate care empowers women and girls to make decisions regarding their own health in order to achieve the futures they want—and that benefits everyone.

“This year’s International Women’s Day theme, #BeBoldForChange, encourages stakeholders to accelerate efforts to help reach gender parity. While we have made important strides toward gender equality in recent decades, many women around the world are still not able to fully achieve their goals and participate in their communities because they are devalued in the eyes of society. In too many instances, the challenges women face are tied to barriers that prevent access to evidence-based, affordable health care and that has a devastating effect on their lives.

“An estimated 225 million women worldwide who need and desire modern family planning methods don’t have access, services, or support. And even more alarmingly, every day around the world, 830 women die during childbirth from preventable causes. Without proper health education, access, and resources, women will never be in a position to take control of their reproductive health, or desired family size. Ob-gyns and other providers must use their significant status in society to share their knowledge, time, and resources to improve women’s health, and advance gender parity.

“Of course, gender equity relies on more than just access to health care. Today, women around the world are also participating in the International Women’s Strike, highlighting the critical, but often undervalued, role women play in our professional and social lives. Women are vital to their communities and their economies. We all have a responsibility to support and invest in women’s lives and strive to reach greater gender parity.”

Learn more about ACOG’s efforts to leverage the expertise of its members to improve health care for women around the world at the Office of Global Women's Health (OGWH). To sign the pledge for #BeBoldForChange.” Visit


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization.

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