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Moms, Careers and Making Trouble

I gave my mom a Notorious RBG coffee mug for Mother’s Day this year.   
 
She turned to me and said, “I love this!!  But isn’t it sad that we are still fighting the equality fight?

Hell ya mom!
 

Making Trouble


I am reading a book by Cecile Richards called Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead.

Cecile is the daughter of the second female Governor to be voted into office in Texas, Ann Richards. Ann taught her daughter about fighting for what is right for yourselves and others who are not in a position of power.
 

 
Per Wikipedia, Cecile has served as the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund since 2006.

Planned Parenthood consists of 159 medical and non-medical affiliates, which operate over 600 health clinics in the United States. It partners with organizations in 12 countries globally. The organization directly provides a variety of reproductive health services and sexual education, contributes to research in reproductive technology and advocates for the protection and expansion of reproductive rights.

Cecile is currently on the board of the Ford Foundation, a global private foundation with the mission of advancing human welfare.

She was one of the founders of America Votes, an organization that aims to coordinate and promote progressive issues. 

Cecile was deputy chief of staff to Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

She recently announced she is stepping down from her long run leading Planned Parenthood.

Her book talks about her journey as a social activist and it talks about her mom’s influence on her and her career.


What women made you who you are today?


My great-grandmother owned her own beauty salon.

My grandmother took the train to Chicago in 1930’s to get her beauticians' license so she could contribute financially to her family.

My mom pulled me out school to march for the Equal Rights Amendment.

I believe I am an entrepreneur today because of these women.
 

Keep Making Trouble


There is more that needs to be done to honor all the moms and daughters who came before us fighting for our rights to have an education, to vote, to buy property and to own a business.

Because we still have a fight on our hands let’s bring out all the tools in our arsenal
  • Read Cecile’s book.
  • Become a social activist in any way you are comfortable.
  • Support organizations that support women.
  • Ask for that raise.
  • Negotiate strong.
  • Hire women.
I believe that the balance of power will continue to level out as more and more women move into positions where they have a real say in the direction of our country, our businesses and our personal lives.

As women, we should have at least an equal say in ANY DECISION that impacts us.  Period.
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