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Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead

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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 t
Hardcover, 266 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Touchstone
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May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-rule
This books feels like the conversation you want to have with people who don't know WTF they are talking about when it comes to women's health care decisions. Much more than that, however, it is a motivational story on the grit it takes to stand up, speak out, and fight for a worthy cause on the national stage. It is clear Cecile gets some of her hutzpah from her mother, Ann Richards (the firebrand former Governor of Texas), but just as clear that she is a woman of her own mind and means. Every b ...more
Greg Zimmerman
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Needed to be inspired. Now inspired.
Ariel ✨
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women going through a big life change
Recommended to Ariel ✨ by: Trevor Noah
Cecile Richards gives us everything we'd expect out of her book. She talks about her mom, she writes extensively about her past as a labor organizer, and she acknowledges each scandal that took place during her time at Planned Parenthood. It's comforting to know how scared she was during her PP interviews. She didn't think she was qualified, she thought it was a long shot, and she couldn't believe they were even considering her for the position. I'm interviewing right now for a few big positions ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inferior got me revved up, now I need someone to tell me what to do with my ire.

Whatever else it may prove to be, the book is fundamentally a political memoir. As such, it's got that tone they all have: "let me tell you about this remarkable person I met, [full name], and share this enlightening anecdote about this one person that will perfectly illustrate the greater point I am making." I get that it works, but I dislike it in the same way I dislike the way famous women become progressively mor
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
In some ways, it's hard to believe that women are still fighting for the fundamental right to health care and choice. And it's appalling that these decisions, particularly these days, are being made by old white men - many of whom have come from privilege and have never had to worry about health care access to treat things like endometriosis, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, pap smears...the only upside to all of this is the IMMENSE activism currently taking place. This book is both fascinating an ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a MUST for any girl/woman who could use a bit of inspiration to start or continue fighting their own good fight. Cecile's story highlights incredibly useful life lessons from not only her own experiences, but that of the amazing women and men she's been surrounded by. It's a refreshing reminder that our own personal or professional imperfections are no reason feel discouraged, but can be embraced to benefit the people and missions we serve.

This book will provide the motivation you
Ava Budavari
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social-justice
4.5/5. This was so amazing and inspiring, and is something that I think every young activist/every young woman needs to read. My only issue is that Margaret Sanger’s problematic history was not acknowledged while her accomplishments were. But other than that, this was outstanding and I’m so happy to have met Cecile. This has inspired me as an organizer, an activist and makes me want to get involved with planned parenthood.
I didn't expect to get to learn so much about Cecile's late, beloved, much missed mother, Ann Richards, but what a pleasure it was to get to know her a bit as well as Cecile. My de was a tremendous fan of Gov. Richards, and this felt like a surprise connection to him. No tremendous surprises in here, but lots of grassroots organizing goodness. What a career Cecile Richards has had. We are all better off for it.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cecile Richards' memoir is not only a look at her own story; it's also chock-full of advice for people who are looking to get into activism, no matter what their age.

Beginning with her early life in Texas, including her mother Ann's election as the first female secretary of the treasury and, eventually, first female governor, we see that Richards is interested in social justice across a variety of issues. Her first job out of college was working as a union organizer in New Orleans, trying to imp
Leigh Bolin
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-popsugar
This book is great. It is an excellent testimony of the recent/current political climate. I think this is a book I can look back to in years to come to remember what we are currently fighting for and how hard this fight is. This book was read as part of the Popsugar reading challenge as a book that you saw a stranger reading in public.
Gina Christo
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was such a beautiful overview of important organizing victories of the past and the present. I am so grateful to have Cecil as a leader in this country. Please read this book!!
Traci Reed
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like most people, I didn't know who Cecile Richards was until her hearing about the fraudulent "Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts" videos in front of congress. I simply adored hearing her story (the daughter of Texas governor Anne Richards) and how her family raised her to raise hell. Her life story is truly fascinating, however the real gem of this book is the lessons on activism, staying true to yourself, and understanding how much good Planned Parenthood does for women's health.

I have
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was even more inspiring than I expected. Definitely a must read (actually I would listen) for every young activist/every young woman in the US today!

Part of my love of this book is how much our bios line up but the practical advise for protesters or activists is also great! This is a pretty typical political memoir of an amazing women who has a rock-star mom, has been a labor organizer, and lead one of the largest health care organizations in the US while fending off attacks on women's heal
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this (audio)book. Cecile Richards has been on the front line of so many causes and movements, and she hasn't lost her sense of humor or sense of urgency. This book is inspiring--just the right amount of stories of real life experience and call to action.

Let's all be troublemakers.
Honestly I was disappointed with this book. I really like Cecile Richards and her work with Planned Parenthood and although she’s lived a full and trouble making life, she is a HORRIBLE story teller my god! I found her stories to be boring even if the information was interesting it was not presented that way. Her book reminds me a lot of Hillary Clinton’s and I’m wondering if she read that and like modeled after it? I just found this to drag on and couldn’t wait for it to end. That being said it ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great read. If you didn't already admire Cecile Richards, you will after reading this. She has serious organizing and grassroots chops, for one, and a tenacious commitment to serving others and pushing boundaries. Learning more about her mother was fascinating, too.

The chapter on the 2016 election made for hard reading, but she makes an inspiring call to push onwards.

While I'm sure this is a bit breezier than the reality of many of the stories she tells, I also think it reflects how she
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminist, nonfiction
Finally got a chance to finish the last few chapters once school was over. This book was INCREDIBLE! Every chapter gave me goosebumps or brought tears to my eyes. Cecile is the Real Deal - she's so genuine, determined, and kind. She's complex, in all the ways that women are. She's honest. She gives so much credit to so many other people in this book as well, another testament to her strength of character.

Reading a book like this is so necessary during tough political times. I cannot recommend it
Kelly Staten
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Politics aside, this is a pretty well written book. Richards life story is interesting and she’s definitely been a hard worker her whole life. One can admire that, even if they don’t support some of her causes. This will inspire a lot of young women who are already left wing activists to continue their fight for what they believe is right.

Those on the other end of the spectrum will probably feel completely alienated by the tone in which she addresses conservatives. But this book really isn’t wr
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew the author's mother was Ann Richards but I didn't know her father, David, was a labor and civil rights attorney. His mother was the founder of a local Texas branch of The League of Women Voters. What a pedigree! This is an extraordinary memoir written by a smart, dynamic woman.
Carrie Christian
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If this book doesn't make you want to volunteer and protest, you're not paying attention.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to a great audiobook this week enhanced by the reading by the author, Cecile Richards. She’s the recently resigned President of Planned Parenthood. Her book is aptly titled. It’s Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead. This is a conversation with Cecile Richards as she shares the story of her life. I was fascinated listening To this great storyteller talk about her early years organizing women who worked in hotels for nearly nothing. Then she shared h ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
A perfect book to read if you're feeling defeated by the recent political climate. Cecile Richards' story is inspiring. I had no idea she was so involved in activism throughout her life outside of Planned Parenthood. Her constant message is that someone has to create the change you want to see, so it might as well be you. She describes so many instances of believing something needed to happen and taking the first initiative to fight for it, and she gives practical advice for anyone looking to do ...more
Vicki Crosson
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-physical
I don't think this possibly could explain how much I loved this book. This has been my favorite read of the year, hands down.

1) Cecile Richards is a badass woman who knew from a very young age the importance of working with and amplifying women's voices. This makes the book a who's who of amazing ladies, and I've added about a trillion books to my TBR based on the women/organizations mentioned in the book.

2) This book is full of great advice and encouragement about getting up and organizing, whi
I heard about this book while listening to Call Your Girl Friend one day at the gym and when I saw it at my local library I picked it up! I was lil’ weary at first bc it seems like everyone gets a book deal these days and I want to make sure I read books worth reading and “Make Trouble” was definitely worth reading. Before Cecile Richards was president of Planned Parenthood she was a union organizer. It was so interesting to follow her career from its grassroots beginnings to its current high p ...more
Salena Copeland
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
If I’m being honest, I was drawn to this book not because of Cecile’s role at Planned Parenthood, but because I still love Ann Richards. I enjoyed hearing about what it was like to grow up as her daughter, and I learned a lot about Ann that I didn’t know as a young teen in Texas. I wish I’d been two years older so I could’ve had the chance to vote for her for her second term. Instead, I have the memories of her speaking to all of us at Texas Girls State (“the best in the land”) in 1995 and how f ...more
Brooke Welter
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is very well written for its audience,women and feminists activists. It gives an over view of the President of Planned Parenthood’s life from her childhood in Texas, having her mother as governor and her life now. It is very inspirational and gives a good backstory to what she has come from and how she was raised to “make trouble”.

In my opinion, there’s was nothing bad about the book. Maybe for some people her childhood would get boring to read but it was engaging for me.

She talks ab
Ellen Mcgirt
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A surprising memoir from someone you thought you already knew. Richards holds little back in her development as a community organizer, a union organizer and the work which ultimately led to her role at Planned Parenthood. She has always been willing to act up and out on behalf of the rights of others, and yet, in the telling, she makes it all seem so ordained. If you put your operating principles at the center of your decision-making, things just flow from there.
Cecile Richards has been the President of Planned Parenthood for the past 12 years. Before that she organized unions in multiple states and helped her mother, Ann Richards, run for governor in Texas. This is her story in her own words.

Why I started this book: Great title and I was eager to read more about Richards after I saw the late night hosts endless mocking Chaffetz bungled Congressional interview of Richards.

Why I finished it: I had no idea of her family connections or political activism.
Priya Nalkur-pai
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not only did I learn a lot about organizing and activism, I also recognized myself in the stories that Cecile Richards shares about once-reluctant-now-fiery women who stood up for what was right. I laughed and cried many times in reading this; felt inspired and capable as I compared my own career path with the possibilities she implies through her own journey. I’m also left feeling encouraged, implicitly forgiven, and understood by Ann Richards’ example of how she raised Cecile, and how Cecile r ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, memoirs
what a trailblazer. love Cecile Richards even more now. thankful for the heart, soul (and blood, sweat, & tears) she has poured in to protecting the fundamental rights of women. both in healthcare and in general. 💗
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