Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead

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From Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and a “heroine of the resistance” (Vogue)—comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice.

 

Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. Richards had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the “dinner table was never for eating—it was for sorting precinct lists.”

 

From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front-row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. She watched her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to an electrifying force in the Democratic party who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, fake news, and even the threat of violence confronting those who challenge authority.

 

As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning minimum wage, and learned that those in power don’t give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time— from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time.

 

She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way. Richards has dedicated her life to taking on injustice, and her memoir will inspire readers to hope and action.

 

“For more than a decade, America has known Cecile Richards as the fierce and fearless president of Planned Parenthood. Make Trouble offers a window into her life: the early organizing effort that landed her in the principal’s office; the historic campaign of her mother, Ann Richards, for governor of Texas; her courageous leadership on behalf of women; her travels during the 2016 presidential election; and the lessons she’s learned from the outpouring of activism America has seen since. With humor, heart, and hope, Cecile Richards offers practical advice and inspiration for aspiring leaders everywhere.”

—Hillary Rodham Clinton



 “Cecile Richards’s story is powerful and infinitely readable. Whether you are newly 'woke,' a longtime activist, or just a caring citizen wondering how to advance democracy in hard times, 
Make Trouble has the answers. Cecile takes the mystery out of activism, gives you practical examples of how it's done, and tells stories that melt the distance from your front porch to Washington. She is the best teacher on earth—someone you trust.”

—Gloria Steinem

 

 

 “Cecile Richards is whip-smart, clear-eyed, quick-witted, level-headed and lion-hearted. She employs all of these virtues in her fight for women’s health and women’s rights. She’s also employed them in the writing of this wonderful memoir Make Trouble. The book, like its author, is a powerhouse.”

—Ann Patchett

 

 “Make Trouble is a timely reminder that each of us has the power to fight for justice and create the change we want to see. With insight and humor, Cecile Richards offers a call to action for aspiring organizers and leaders. A must-read for anyone hoping to make a difference and trying to figure out where to start.”

—Senator Kamala Harris

 

 

 “Cecile Richards is my kind of troublemaker. When she sees inequality and injustice anywhere, she does something about it—with wit, wisdom, and courage. Especially at this moment, there's a lot we can learn from her career spent fighting for women's rights. Make Trouble is exactly the book our country needs.”

—Sheryl Sandberg

 

 

 “With Make Trouble, Cecile Richards – the fiery feminist icon to whom we are indebted – is now also the relatable warrior we adore.  By inviting us beyond her frontline fight for justice and into her heart, Richards shows us that a life of activism isn’t reserved for the perfect, it’s for the passionate; and that it's never too early or too late for women to show up for themselves and each other.  In these difficult times in which equality-minded folks are desperate to find purpose and connection, Make Trouble is a roadmap to both.”

—Glennon Doyle

 

 

 “Cecile Richards has always been willing to act up , if need be, to make a difference. Make Trouble is more than a memoir, it’s a how-to manual for affecting change.”

—Dr. Willie Parker

Cecile Richards is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice. As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, Richards has worked to increase affordable access to reproductive health care and strengthen the movement for sexual and reproductive rights. 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.

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From Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and a “heroine of the resistance” (Vogue)—comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice.

 

Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. Richards had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the “dinner table was never for eating—it was for sorting precinct lists.”

 

From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front-row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. She watched her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to an electrifying force in the Democratic party who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, fake news, and even the threat of violence confronting those who challenge authority.

 

As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning minimum wage, and learned that those in power don’t give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time— from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time.

 

She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way. Richards has dedicated her life to taking on injustice, and her memoir will inspire readers to hope and action.

 

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April 3

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April 5
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April 6

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May 22
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Brooklyn Public Library

Central Library

 


Pittsburgh Arts &
Lectures @ Carnegie Library



Politics & Prose
@ Sixth & I

 

 

Wellesley Books

@ Wilson Middle
School

 

Paramount Theatre

 

 

 

Brazos Bookstore

@ The Ballroom at
Bayou Place


University Book Store
 at the University of Washington
@ University Temple

 

Powell’s Books

@ Revolution Hall

 

 

City Arts & Lectures

@ The Nourse Theater

 

 

Book Passage @
Dominican University
Angelico Hall

Book Soup @ First Congregational Church



Women & Children First
@ Nicholas Senn High School

 

McIntyre's Books

@ The Barn

 

 

Book Revue

 

 

 

RJ JULIA @ Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center

 


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Blair School of Music

 

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From Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and a “heroine of the resistance” (Vogue)—comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice.

 

Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. Richards had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-

conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the “dinner table was never for eating—it was for sorting precinct lists.”

 

From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front-row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. She watched her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to an electrifying force in the Democratic party who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, fake news, and even the threat of violence confronting those who challenge authority.

 

As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning minimum wage, and learned that those in power don’t give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time— from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time.

 

She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way. Richards has dedicated her life to taking on injustice, and her memoir will inspire readers to hope and action.

 

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BROOKLYN, NY

Tuesday, April 3 - 7:30 PM

Brooklyn Public Library - Central Library

Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large for New York magazine and The Cut, in conversation with Cecile Richards.

10 Grand Army Plaza

Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Wednesday, April 4 - 7:00 PM

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures @ Carnegie Library

4400 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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WASHINGTON, DC

Thursday, April 5 - 7:00 PM

Politics & Prose @ Sixth & I

Karen Tumulty, political columnist at The Washington Post, in conversation with Cecile Richards

600 I St NW

Washington, DC 20001

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BOSTON, MA

Friday, April 6 - 7:00 PM

Wellesley Books @ Wilson Middle School

22 Rutledge Road

Natick, MA 01760

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AUSTIN, TX

Saturday, April 7 - 3:00 PM

Paramount Theatre
Wendy Davis, former Texas State Senator, 2014 Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee, and Founder of Deeds Not Words, in conversation with Cecile Richards

713 Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas 78701

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HOUSTON, TX

Sunday, April 8 - 3:00 PM

Brazos Bookstore @ The Ballroom at Bayou Place

Rodney Ellis, Houston’s Harris County Commissioner for Precinct One, in conversation with Cecile Richards
500 Texas Avenue

Houston, TX 77002

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SEATTLE, WA

Monday, April 9 - 7:00 PM

University Book Store at the University of Washington
@ University Temple

1415 NE 43rd

Seattle, WA 98105

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PORTLAND, OR

Tuesday, April 10 - 7:30 PM

Powell’s Books @ Revolution Hall
Andi Zeisler in conversation with Cecile Richards

1300 SE Stark Street

Portland, OR 97214

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Wednesday, April 11 - 7:30 PM

City Arts & Lectures @ The Nourse Theater

Mina Kim in conversation with Cecile Richards
275 Hayes Street

San Francisco, CA 94117

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SAN RAFAEL, CA

Thursday, April 12 – 7:00 PM

Book Passage @ Dominican University

Angelico Hall

Elaine Petrocelli, Owner of Book Passage, in conversation with Cecile Richards
50 Acacia Way

San Rafael, CA 94901

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LOS ANGELES, CA

Friday, April 13 – 7:00 PM

Book Soup @ First Congregational Church
Nina Tassler, a television executive, in conversation with Cecile Richards

540 South Commonwealth Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90020

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CHICAGO, IL

Saturday, April 14 - 4:00 PM

Women & Children First @ Nicholas Senn High School

David M. Axelrod, Chief Strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns and current Director of University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Senior Political Commentator @CNN, and host of Axe Files Podcast, in conversation with Cecile Richards

5900 N. Glenwood

Chicago, IL 60660

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PITTSBORO/RALEIGH, NC

Sunday, April 15 - 2:00 PM

McIntyre's Books @ The Barn
Michele Tracy Berger, Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in conversation with Cecile Richards

220 Market Street

Fearrington Village

Pittsboro, NC  27312

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HUNTINGTON, NY

Saturday, April 21 - 3:00 PM

Book Revue

Alice Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Magic, in conversation with Cecile Richards

313 New York Avenue

Huntington, NY 11743

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NEW HAVEN, CT

Sunday, April 22 – 2 PM

RJ JULIA @ Cooperative Arts &
Humanities High School

177 College Street,

New Haven, CT 06510

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NEW YORK CITY

Monday, April 23 - 7:00 PM

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center

One East 65 Street

New York, NY 10065

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NASHVILLE, TN

Wednesday, May 9 – 6:30 PM

Parnassus Books @ Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music

2400 Blakemore Avenue
Nashville, TN 372120

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CHAPPAQUA, NY

Tuesday, May 22 – 7 PM

Chappaqua Public Library

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Chappaqua, NY 10514

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From Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and a “heroine of the resistance” (Vogue)—comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice.

 

Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. Richards had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the “dinner table was never for eating—it was for sorting precinct lists.”

 

From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front-row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. She watched her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to an electrifying force in the Democratic party who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, fake news, and even the threat of violence confronting those who challenge authority.

 

As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning minimum wage, and learned that those in power don’t give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time— from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time.

 

She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way. Richards has dedicated her life to taking on injustice, and her memoir will inspire readers to hope and action.

 

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