is president of the Center for Gender Equality, a
research, policy development, and educational institution created in 1995 to
advance women's equality. Formerly she was president of Planned Parenthood,
where she led the nation's oldest voluntary reproductive health organization
through a period of growth to become the country's seventh largest charity,
providing medical and educational services to four million Americans each year.
Hers was a prominent voice in the national debate over reproductive rights and
health. Wattleton has received numerous awards and was inducted into the
National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993. Her memoir, Life on the Line, was published in 1996. Wattleton holds a B.S. in
Nursing from Ohio State University and an M.S. in Maternal and Infant Care,
with certification as a nurse-midwife, from Columbia University.