We’re living in a moment where standing up and speaking out is necessary, and outgoing Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is one of the many resilient women leading by example. Richards is “enjoying fighting the good fight,” as she puts it, and as part of that, she is working to inspire her fellow resisters. Her latest method of motivation is her new memoir, Make Trouble, which she wrote with Lauren Peterson.
The longtime activist is perhaps best known for her work with Planned Parenthood, but her fight for social justice has spanned decades and included stops in many different parts of the country. Her book chronicles that journey, from the inspiration she drew from her parents as a child to staving off attacks against women’s health. We get the benefit of her experience as Richards shares some of the many lessons she has learned along the way.
Needless to say, after her lifetime of making a difference, Richards knows what it takes to get work done. Make Trouble recounts war stories from battles with some of the most powerful people in government, not to mention tells tales of triumph and overcoming setbacks. It is an inspiring read that will make you rethink your own activism.