Joycelyn Elders


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Minnie Joycelyn Elders (born Minnie Lee Jones on August 13, 1933) is an American pediatrician and public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the first African American appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. Elders is best known for her frank discussion of her views on controversial issues such as drug legalization and ... more »

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  • ''I came there as prime steak and now I feel like low-grade hamburger.''
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933), U.S. pediatrician and medical educator; first woman (and second African American), Surgeon General. As quoted in Newsweek m...
  • ''... abortion opponents love little babies as long as they are in somebody else's uterus.''
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933), U.S. pediatrician and medical educator; first woman, and second African American, Surgeon General. As quoted in the New Yor...
  • ''... given a choice between hearing my daughter say "I'm pregnant" or "I used a condom," most mothers would get up in the middle of the night and buy them herself.''
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933), U.S. pediatrician and medical educator; first woman (and second African American) Surgeon General. As quoted in the New Yor...
  • ''Judge Thomas was a man who had used the system to get where he wanted to be, but then felt that everyone else should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.''
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933), U.S. pediatrician and educator; first woman (and second African American) Surgeon General of the United States. As quoted i...
  • ''If I could be the "condom queen" and get every young person who engaged in sex to use a condom in the United States, I would wear a crown on my head with a condom on it! I would!''
    Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933), U.S. pediatrician and educator; first woman (and second African American) Surgeon General of the United States. As quoted i...
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