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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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East Hampton, NY

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK CITY

 

 

 

 

Brooklyn, NY

 

 

 

 

Montclair, NJ

 

 

 

 

Massachusetts

Sunday, May 27,
3:00 PM

 

 

 

Saturday, June 2,
TIME TBD

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 6

6:00 PM

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 12

7:00 PM

 

 

 

Sunday, August 5

7:30 PM

Book Hampton

 

 

 

 

Teen Vogue Summit @

Tishman Auditorium at
The New School

 

 

WOODstack IVY

 

 

 

 

The United Way

 

 

 

Chilmark Community Center

41 Main St.

East Hampton, NY 11937

 

 

 

63 5th Ave

New York, NY 10003

 

 

 

190 East 98th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11212

 

 

 

60 South Fullerton
Avenue, Suite 205

Montclair, NJ 07042

 

520 South Road

Chilmark MA, 02535

 

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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.

 

Sunday, May 27,
3:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Saturday,
June 2, 2018

TIME TBD

 

 

 


Wednesday, June 6

6:00 PM

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 12

7:00 PM

 

 

 

Sunday, August 5

7:30 PM

 

Book Hampton

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Vogue Summit @

Tishman Auditorium at
The New School

 

 

 

WOODstack IVY

 

 

 

 

 

The United Way





Chilmark Community Center

41 Main St.

East Hampton, NY 11937

 

 

 

63 5th Ave

New York, NY 10003

 

 

 

190 East 98th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11212

 

 

 

60 South Fullerton
Avenue, Suite 205

Montclair, NJ 07042

 

 

520 South Road

Chilmark MA, 02535

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.

 

East Hampton, NY

Sunday, May 27,
3:00 PM

Book Hampton

Moderator: Ellen Chesler

41 Main St.

East Hampton, NY 11937

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NEW YORK CITY

Saturday, June 2, 2018

TIME TBD

Teen Vogue Summit @

Tishman Auditorium at The New School

63 5th Ave

New York, NY 10003

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Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, June 6

6:00 PM

WOODstack IVY

Angela Yee’s June Book Club

190 East 98th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11212

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Montclair, NJ

Tuesday, June 12

7:00 PM

The United Way

Books sold by Watchung Booksellers

60 South Fullerton Avenue, Suite 205

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Massachusetts

Sunday, August 5

7:30 PM

Chilmark Community Center

Martha's Vineyard Author Series and Book Festival

520 South Road

Chilmark MA, 02535

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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.