Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead—My Life Story

Cecile Richards, with Lauren Peterson. Touchstone, $27 (304p) ISBN 978-1-5011-8759-9
In this passionate self-portrait, activist Richards maps her road to success from union organizer to her tenure as president of Planned Parenthood, recalling the experiences that shaped her career. She opens with the 2015 congressional hearings in which Planned Parenthood faced fierce scrutiny from the heavily Republican committee, sparked by a smear video released by an anti-abortion group. The committee found no wrongdoing, and the outpouring of popular support led Richards to reflect on her career. From there, she goes back to her upbringing as the eldest child of politician Ann Richards, who later became the first female governor of Texas, and civil rights attorney David Richards. Their Dallas home was “the local gathering place for misfits and rabble-rousers.” As Richards relays her college years and onwards, her focus remains squarely on human rights—she met her husband while working for the United Labor Union in New Orleans, and she moved back to Texas to start a family and launch the Texas Freedom Alliance to support public education and religious liberty. Richards’s commitment to progressive values, particularly reproductive rights, is evident throughout this book. It serves as a call to action for women who are mobilizing to make a difference in government and healthcare policies. Photos. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/12/2018
Release date: 04/03/2018
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