- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone (April 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501187597
- ISBN-13: 978-1501187599
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story Hardcover – April 3, 2018
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“By detailing her own political battles, Cecile Richards has crafted a blueprint for budding activists.... Genial, engaging, and humorous ... If you’re looking for books to fill you with energy for the long haul that lies before us, this one is a great place to start.”
—New York Times Book Review
“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.”
“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 whip-smart, clear-eyed, quick-witted, levelheaded and lionhearted. 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.”
“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 effecting change.”
—Dr. Willie Parker
“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.”
“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.”
“An intimate yet wide-ranging chronicle of a life in the trenches and at the pinnacle of her profession, Richards’ enthralling memoir will provide rousing motivation for anyone passionate about social and political causes.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“[T]he guidelines for starting any organization are spot-on: direct, down-to-earth, and highly practical… A memoir that makes palpable the immense influence of an organization that has improved so many women's lives.”
About the Author
Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health, reproductive rights, and social change. She began her career helping garment workers, hotel workers, and nursing home aides fight for better wages and working conditions. After years in the labor movement, she 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. Richards is currently the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women’s rights and activism. Richards serves on the board of the Ford Foundation. She and her husband, Kirk Adams, have three children and reside in New York City.
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I was raised in the 1950's and 1960's by very strict conforming parents who did not tolerate rebellion, or just being different As the second born, I naturally was in the rebel role. Painful. It was a wonderful refreshing breath of fresh air to watch women like Ann Richards stand up for themselves and make a difference for themselves and for so many others.
We need more people and especially more women standing up for causes, stepping up to lead.
The book was encouraging and inspiring to me but I needed no convincing. I hope more young women will
read it and be convinced to get involved in their own community be it large or small. Start with picking up trash, move on to going to council meetings, find our what is happening and what the needs are in your community and do whatever you can. AND VOTE!