Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Make Trouble
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story | Cecile Richards
61 posts | 26 read | 40 to read
To Make Change, You Have to Make Trouble From Cecile Richardspresident 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 Womens 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 womens rights and social justice. Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principals 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 eatingit 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 dont give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first timefrom 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.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
Hyggescence
post image

Getting some steps in while being inspired by Cecile Richards

review
DimeryRene
post image
Pickpick

This book was a serious call to action. Made me want to volunteer and make a difference. 👊🏿👊🏾👊🏽👊🏼👊🏻

blurb
StellarDoc
post image

Troublemakers

Carolyn11215 She‘s awesome isn‘t she? Saw her at Planned Parenthood breakfast in Santa Fe recently. Such an inspiration! 6mo
16 likes1 comment
blurb
StellarDoc
post image

Cecile Richards at Interabang Books in Dallas, TX 3.30.19.

blurb
StellarDoc
post image

Learning how to make trouble tonight.

20 likes1 stack add
review
sprainedbrain
post image
Pickpick

I don‘t gravitate toward nonfiction, and I am not a big fan of memoirs, but I read this for #NewYearWhoDis and I‘m calling it a pick instead of so-so. 😃

I love Cecile Richards and everything she stands for. I liked listening to her talk about her mom and her various political experiences, but the book is dry and maybe too long. Loved the chapters on Nancy Pelosi and Hillary, but the recounting of the 2016 election hurt.😢

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

VeganCleopatra I'm a huge NF reader, I know many people aren't though. I pretty much never rate NF above 4 stars though. 🤷‍♀️ And every time the 2016 election is rehashed is like a dagger to the heart. (edited) 9mo
sprainedbrain @VeganCleopatra Dagger to the heart is an apt description! I read a lot of news and magazine articles... I guess that‘s enough nonfiction for me most of the time. 9mo
116 likes5 stack adds2 comments
blurb
DyAnne
post image

Thank you, Ms. Richards! 💗Planned Parenthood. #Resist #Persist

blurb
Lilbroccoli
post image

Excited to get started on this!

Leftcoastzen Welcome to Litsy! 10mo
Lel2403 Welcome to Litsy 📖 10mo
7 likes2 comments
blurb
SomedayAlmost
post image

To every introvert who took the risk of making calls & knocking on doors: Thank you! TX, Georgia & other red state Dems: stay strong! The fight for a better future for our kids & our elderly relatives is a marathon, not a sprint! #thankyou #keepfighting

quote
lynneamch
post image

#MakeYourVoteCount "Now more than ever, women are the most important political force in America. Marching, knitting, and protesting are great. But, voting. and changing who is elected to office, is essential. The women who come through the doors of Planned Parenthood health centers every day have a lot on their minds, above and beyond getting affordable, nonjudgmental health care. . . .

lynneamch . . . They want to earn a living wage, and work without facing harrassment or abuse. They want family leave and affordable child care. They want to live in communities free from gun violence. They deserve all this and more, and that's what I'll be fighting for. "
#words matter #Gratitude30
#FallintoReading @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
11mo
Chrissyreadit 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 11mo
4thhouseontheleft 💙💙💙💙 11mo
See All 9 Comments
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
vkois88 Hell yes to all of this. It's so important to get out and VOTE... It may not seem like it, but it makes SUCH a difference 11mo
lynneamch @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @4thhouseontheleft Thanks for being you, my dear littens. Some days it seems litsy is the only sensible thing that I read on my phone. 😏 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @lynneamch I feel the same way!!! Y‘all are my people ❤️😘❤️ 11mo
vkois88 AGREED. It's nice to have a mostly like-minded place where I don't feel like I have to worry about every little thing. Where we can build each other up instead of insisting on tearing everyone down. 10mo
Talewaggingreads ❤❤❤ What an inspirational way to start a gloomy day! Grateful for all! 10mo
49 likes1 stack add9 comments
review
bridge12
post image
Pickpick

I loved this book. It made me cry out of joy, fear, anger, and hope. I help escort patients into #PlannedParenthood clinics and hearing her appreciation of all the people that help to keep Planned Parenthood open warms my heart. This book makes me want to witness a filibuster like crazy! Much love to Cecile Richards! 💕

lynneamch I'm almost finished with this and am so impressed with her bravery. commitment, and fortitude. What an inspiration she is. And, thank you, too, for what you do. 11mo
14 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
DyAnne
post image
review
Well-ReadNeck
post image
Bailedbailed

Unpopular opinion, but just nope. I can‘t remember the last time I DNF a book club selection. She‘s done lots of great things, but the telling is soooooo dry and flat. I lost interest completely on her chapter about parenthood which was full of cliches and platitudes.

Smrloomis Darn, really? I thought this would be good, but that sounds terrible. That‘s very disappointing! 12mo
90 likes1 comment
blurb
Well-ReadNeck
post image

#FridayReads

📚🏈🍁🍃

blurb
Well-ReadNeck
post image

#TBRTuesday

Here‘s what‘s cooking this week. Labyrinth of the Spirits is gloriously thick!!!

britt_brooke I loved A Ladder to the Sky! 12mo
CareBear I just saw Cecile Richards at a Women Rising panel; she was wonderful. Interested to see what you think of her book! 12mo
96 likes2 comments
review
Erin01
post image
Pickpick

fininshed this one while doing groceries. really enjoyed listening to this - I think my favorite memoirs are always the ones read by the author.

quote
almalania
post image

Don't sit around and wait for the perfect opportunity to come along—find something and make it an opportunity.

3 likes1 stack add
review
Morr_Books
post image
Pickpick

This audiobook memoir was read by the author, Cecile Richards, who talks about growing up as the daughter of Ann Richards, a former governor of Texas, but also of her own life in the world of politics and activism. She supported unions, worked for Nancy Pelosi, campaigned for Hilary Clinton, and fought for women's health care, becoming the president of Planned Parenthood. Her work is inspiring.

53 likes1 stack add
blurb
DyAnne
post image

1. I offer up many of my books on Facebook after I read them. It only costs about $5 to send a book through Media Mail, and I love to see which of my friends asks for a book. I know it is going to a good home.
2. Book Riot podcasts and articles convinced me to try new-to-me. I‘ll read any genre now if it sounds good.
3. Heavens, no! Bookshelves are for books, cool bookends, knickknacks, tchotchkes, treasures, etc.

review
Tjackson
post image
Pickpick

39/52-💗💗💗💗💗/5! I absolutely love this book. I learned a lot and I cried a little. I am very grateful for all the people who have fought for and who are fighting for women‘s rights! I think everyone should read this book before the midterm elections. Do your part - VOTE!!!

41 likes2 stack adds
quote
Tjackson
post image

Spoken by Deja Foxx (grassroots activists) to Senator Flake from Arizona!!! Way to go, Deja!

wanderinglynn 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
41 likes1 stack add1 comment
quote
Tjackson
post image

True! True! True! I am so proud of women!!!!!

45 likes1 stack add
quote
Tjackson
post image

This book is full of stories that make me think and make me cry!!! No doubt, I giving this book 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟! Add it to your stack and run to the bookstore to get it!!! 💗💗💗💗💗

44 likes1 stack add
quote
Tjackson
post image

This is crazy and infuriating. Women should have the right to make their own health care decisions PERIOD! No debate needed!

BookwormAHN Yes 👏🏻 14mo
Susannah YES 🙌👏👊💪 14mo
LibrarianJen Yasssss! This is my biggest soapbox ever. In fact when people complain about something like how we have to much government or the government shouldn‘t pay, be involved in...whatever. I always throw out yeah like my body! Then they always backpedal and go well...and I‘m like NO! 🤬 #StandWithPP 14mo
Mamashep So infuriating! 13mo
55 likes4 comments
quote
Tjackson
post image

Been looking forward to reading this all day! I might have to stay up late to finish it!!!

50 likes1 stack add
quote
Tjackson
post image

Have I mentioned how much I 💗💗💗💗💗 this book????

quote
Tjackson
post image

Lessons from Ann Richards, Cecile‘s Mom and former Democratic governor of Texas. ❤️❤️❤️

46 likes1 stack add
quote
Tjackson
post image

I am doing my part to share this secret with everyone!!!! Letting the cat out of the bag!!!!

Booksnchill Truth!!! Great cause and facts to share! 14mo
LibrarianJen It‘s the only place I could afford to get gynecological exams in college when I didn‘t have health insurance. 💖 14mo
Tjackson @LibrarianJen So many women I know have similar stories!!! It is an awesome organization and Cecile Richards is a phenomenal person!!! 14mo
57 likes3 comments
blurb
Tjackson
post image

This book is so informative!!!! It is living up to my expectations!!!

44 likes1 stack add
quote
Tjackson
post image

Great advice!!!!

57 likes1 stack add
quote
Tjackson
post image

So true!!!!!!

Insightsintobooks This book sounds great. 14mo
Tjackson @Insightsintobooks it really is great!!!! 14mo
44 likes1 stack add2 comments
quote
Tjackson
post image

Great advice! Words to live by!!!!

Updrifting Yes. 1y
45 likes1 comment
quote
Tjackson
post image

A great quote!!!

quote
Tjackson
post image

Cecile Richards does not sugarcoat her words! She is a straight shooter! That is why I ❤️ reading this book!!!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Just picked it up on Kindle Daily Deal! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
45 likes1 comment
quote
Tjackson
post image

Simple, yet true!

quote
Tjackson
post image

Great quote!

blurb
Tjackson
post image

Reading by the pool!!! Life is good.... and so is this book!!!!

Mollyanna Looks fabulous! Enjoy! 1y
Reviewsbylola My favorite spot to read! 1y
51 likes2 comments
quote
Tjackson
post image

I absolutely agree with Cecile Richards.

knittedgnome Amen! 1y
59 likes1 comment
blurb
Tjackson
post image

Yes, this is the 5th book I am reading at once, but I am sooooo super excited to be reading it. I might stay up all night to finish it. The others can wait for me to finish this one. 😀😀😀😀😀! I ❤️❤️❤️ reading about strong, courageous women!!!!

Joanielovesbooks 👍🏻 1y
59 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
Tjackson
post image

Used my amazon gift card from my birthday to purchase these gems!!! Can‘t wait to read them all!!!!

Christine Excellent choices!! 1y
Tjackson @Christine Thanks!! I can‘t wait to read them, but I have 2 books I am determined to finish first. 1y
48 likes2 comments
blurb
Julsmarshall
post image

Made sense to start this one today! Freedom is worth fighting for! #resist

58 likes1 stack add
review
Krose1
post image
Pickpick

So good! I‘d never have thought that reading about a filibuster would make me misty, but this did! About finding hope where it seems like there‘s none there. So important right now.

review
Jen2
post image
Pickpick

Fabulous! A must read/listen!!!

Cathythoughts Love it ❤️ 1y
123 likes1 comment
blurb
Jen2
post image

Started this one!!!

Deborah42 I just bought this, but library holds keep coming in and interrupting my reading plans. #bookishproblems 1y
84 likes2 stack adds1 comment
blurb
Julsmarshall
post image

When traveling for work, it‘s important to keep your ereader charged and yourself fueled. #chocolateisthebestfuel #houston #travelingreader

rather_be_reading definitely! 1y
KathyWheeler When I travel, I always have one physical book with me just in case my ereader‘s charge gets low and there‘s no place to charge it. 1y
80 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Ashley_Nicoletto
post image
Pickpick

If I could have dinner with one person living or dead I think I'd pick Cecile Richards. She's spent her life fighting for what she believes is right and I find that admirable.

Side note: I still cry when I listen to an audiobook that talks about Hillary losing the election.

63 likes2 stack adds
blurb
Ashley_Nicoletto
post image

Starting Wednesday off on a certain kinda note.

🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

Tjackson I am getting ready to download this!!!! 1y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Tjackson I started last night while getting ready for bed and so far it's pretty good! I find Cecile fascinating and couldn't wait to hear her story. 1y
60 likes2 comments
blurb
RebL
post image

I thought I‘d finish this on the plane home from a lavish vacation (my brother hosted us in his home in New Orleans, so it mostly felt lavish), but instead finished it while sweating it out cleaning my kitchen.
~
My first visit to PP was as a non-sexually active teen on my own. Later they rescued my fertility, making it possible for me to have two beautiful children. I‘m team Planned Parenthood.

Twocougs Loved the book and got to listen/see her when she visited Seattle. What a role model! 1y
RebL @Twocougs Cool! I love the title and the message too. Earl Shorris told me the same in the late ‘90s—make trouble. Maybe we just like troublemakers. 1y
MicheleinPhilly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
14 likes1 stack add3 comments