As the daughter of a notable and well-loved Texas Governor, it was already assumed that Cecile would be a tenacious fighter. However, Cecile’s hard work against those that would impinge her rights began long before her mother had risen in the political ranks. Cecile was a young person filled with a burning passion to fight for the rights of all people. In this memoir, we learn that from the beginning she was a conscientious objector in school by not saying the Lord’s Prayer and then chose to wear a black armband to show her distaste for the Vietnam war. Cecile continued to push on in her life’s work and eventually became the head of Planned Parenthood. In this role, she was tested by current political entities that wished to “make a deal” with giving up women’s rights for money. Her strength of character prevailed and the fight continues. What will you do? — Wendy Marie
From former Planned Parenthood president and activist Cecile Richards comes the young readers edition of her New York Times bestselling memoir, which Hillary Rodham Clinton called an “inspiration for aspiring leaders everywhere.”
To make change, you have to make trouble.
Cecile Richards has been fighting for what she believes in ever since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. She had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her father, a civil rights attorney, and her mother, an avid activist and the first female governor of Texas, taught their kids to be troublemakers.
From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. And by sharing her story with young readers, she shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her though good times and bad, and encourages her audience to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way.
About the Author
Cecile Richards is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice. She began her career fighting for better wages and working conditions in the labor movement, then moved back home to Texas to help elect the state’s first Democratic woman governor: her mother, Ann Richards. She went on to start her own grassroots organizations, and later served as deputy chief of staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2011 and 2012, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, Richards worked to increase affordable access to reproduction health care and strengthen the movement for sexual and reproductive rights. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights and activism. She and her husband, Kirk Adams, have three children and live in New York City and Maine. She spends most of her free time baking pies.
"Richards lends solid practical advice for resisting and organizing while offering a fascinating window into contemporary social struggles. Gritty, accessible, and sure to strike a chord with action-oriented." — Kirkus Reviews
"The book moves at a good pace with advice to young people framed within the author’s life narrative. A worthy consideration for young adult nonfiction collections." — School Library Journal