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Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to… (2018. Auflage)

von Cecile Richards (Autor), Lauren Peterson (Primary Contributor)

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"From Cecile Richards--the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and "the 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 girlhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her hell-raising parents--her civil rights attorney father and political 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." She watched her mother, Ann, transform herself from a housewife to a force in American politics 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, and the constant struggle to protect and expand equal rights--both exemplified by her marathon congressional testimony, where she held her own against hostile questions for five hours. As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning a 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"--"From the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a memoir about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and social justice"--… (mehr)
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Titel:Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story
Autoren:Cecile Richards (Autor)
Weitere Autoren:Lauren Peterson (Primary Contributor)
Info:Gallery Books (2018), Edition: 1st Edition, 304 pages
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As an organizer, listening to this book was very motivating. Cecile is a great narrator. I appreciate that she did not talk about Donald Trump – she did not even mention his name until the last chapter. Instead, she focused on the positive forces that are on the ground every day to protect women's access to healthcare and choice. Thank you, Cecile, and to Planned Parenthood organizers for all your hard and thankless work. ( )
  sjanke | Dec 9, 2020 |
Excellent book on both Cecile Richards life, and on how to organize an activist group and fight for human rights. Abundant quotable thoughts and opinions. Cecile is aiming for a broader human rights force. The author has many flashbacks to how her mom did things and how she is both following in her footsteps as a leader but also increasing the range of possibilities for women and workers expectations. A very positive approach to activating the general population to do what is best for everyone. ( )
  billsearth | Jun 6, 2019 |
Cecile Richards started working in politics and activism when she created her own recycling organization as a kid, she did internships during college, she worked on her mom's campaign for Governor, she started the Texas Freedom Network to fight changes to remove facts from history and science textbooks, she cofounded America Votes, and was President of Planned Parenthood.

Don't skip the epilogue: Cecile says she gets asked almost every day by CEOs and people on the street, "What can I do?" She says this question is really: "Now that we can no longer take for granted that America will slowly but surely make progress our entire world seems to be spinning out of control and were fighting tooth-and-nail to protect our most human rights, how do we make it all better?"

This book is her response using her own experiences as examples; from the epilogue: "Right now, our country has some major soul-searching to do. We have to figure out how to address the fear and disruption that many people are feeling and continue to fight for the rights of women, immigrants, LGBTQ people, people of color, and anyone else who needs support. To do that we're going to have to ask tough questions speak clearly about what we believe and maybe even let of the political labels that have defined these kinds of debates for too long. Here's the good news, there's never been a better time to become an activist agitator or trouble maker. I promise you, doing something whether it's showing up at a town hall meeting, getting some friends together to start your own organization, or just refusing to keep quiet about what you believe feels infinitely better than sitting on the sidelines."

Of course, the people she mentions have always been in this position, and there have always been a few white men or people in positions of power who have been allies or accomplices to women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ. Hopefully what we see is that number of people allies and accomplices is rising as the vestiges of racism and sexism engage in their long drawn out death throws over the next 100 years or so (since that seems to be how long steps in human rights take). We need to be more.

As Cecile says, "Looking back on my life so far, the moments I regret most are the ones when I was too scared to take a chance. The moments when I didn't know what to do and so did nothing. In some ways, being an activist in public is easy. Standing up for yourself in your own life can be much harder." As an example, Cecile regrets not saying something when sexually harassed or finding out she was paid less for fear of losing opportunities to learn and grow in her career - and hopes that women soon won't have to experience the same.

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I wish the book had had less detail about the 2016 campaign. I enjoyed hearing about the Planned Parenthood testimony, Ann Richards's campaign, the Texas Freedom Network, and America Votes, but felt the 2016 campaign had too much detail comparatively. It was very important that she gave the names of Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis, Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton. But other places it just dragged. ( )
  CassandraT | Sep 23, 2018 |
When I found out Cecile Richards was Ann Richards daughter, this immediately became my favorite book of the summer. Cecile comes by her ability to stand up for the underdog naturally. ( )
  brangwinn | Aug 22, 2018 |
You may know her as the president of Planned Parenthood or as the daughter of Ann Richards, the late governor of Texas. But here Richards tells us her story of her childhood, growing up and how her work and career have led her to Planned Parenthood and remaining engaged through the present day.

I had read a biography on her mom a few years ago and had forgotten that fact (didn't care for it) but it was interesting to read about this Richards and her background. Planned Parenthood is a well-known name for any number of reasons so it was interesting and fascinating to read the background on her. We go through her childhood, growing up, how she was influenced by watching her mom and other women, her work, balancing the work/life/family juggle (or not), plus of course her work with PP and the post-2016 election.

Some of it was interesting, especially when she dove right into things with a PP controversy. But the book's writing is pretty pedestrian and it dragged quite a bit. I did appreciate the chapter on what she learned and lessons she took but overall I wasn't all that intrigued. I wouldn't be surprised if this was an opening foray for her to begin a path to run for office, either.

That said, it was interesting to read and it was a complimentary one to the book I had read about her mom, even though I don't remember a whole lot. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will very happily dismiss her but if you're at all interested in her, PP, what it was like being the daughter of Ann Richards, etc., then it's certainly not a bad pickup.

Personally found it was a good library borrow but it might be a good purchase for the right person. Recommend waiting for the paperback or find it as a bargain buy. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Aug 5, 2018 |
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"From Cecile Richards--the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and "the 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 girlhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her hell-raising parents--her civil rights attorney father and political 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." She watched her mother, Ann, transform herself from a housewife to a force in American politics 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, and the constant struggle to protect and expand equal rights--both exemplified by her marathon congressional testimony, where she held her own against hostile questions for five hours. As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning a 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"--"From the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a memoir about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and social justice"--

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