Cecile Richards

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Cecile Richards
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President of Planned Parenthood
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1957-07-15) July 15, 1957 (age 59)
Waco, Texas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kirk Adams
Children 3
Parents Ann Richards
David Richards
Alma mater Brown University

Cecile Richards (born July 15, 1957)[1][2] is an American activist and has been the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2006.[3] She is a member of the Democratic Party.[4] In 2010, Richards was elected to the Ford Foundation board of trustees.

Political involvement[edit]

Richards previously founded and served as president of America Votes, a coalition of national Democratic Party-affiliated organizations.[5] Before that, she was deputy chief of staff to the U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives.[6] She has also worked at the Turner Foundation.[7] In 1996, she founded the Texas Freedom Network, a Texas organization formed to counter the Christian right.[8]


She contributed the piece "Combating the Religious Right" to the 2003 anthology Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium, edited by Robin Morgan.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Richards is the daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards (née Dorothy Ann Willis) and David Richards.[4] She attended St. Stephen's Episcopal School for high school, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from Brown University in 1980.[10] She is married to Kirk Adams, a labor organizer with the Service Employees International Union, and has three children.[11][12][13] She lives in New York City.[14]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "Cecile Richards". The Guide to the Political Left. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Finn, Robin (May 2, 2010). "Strategy for the Produce Aisle". The New York Times. pp. MB2. 
  3. ^ Somashekhar, Sandhya (2015-07-16). "Planned Parenthood head apologizes for 'tone' of doctor in covert video". The Washington Post. 
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Darragh (March 25, 2006). "Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood's Choice Leader". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  5. ^ Farhi, Paul (March 24, 2004). "Democratic Spending Is Team Effort". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  6. ^ "Groups collecting contributions in hopes of defeating Bush". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Associated Press. August 17, 2003. p. 11A. 
  7. ^ Herman, Ken (April 7, 2001). "Tax-cut ad campaign players: throwback to '94 governor race". The Austin American-Statesman. 
  8. ^ Green, John (2000). Prayers in the Precincts. Washington: Georgetown University Press. p. 53. ISBN 0-87840-775-8. 
  9. ^ "Library Resource Finder: Table of Contents for: Sisterhood is forever : the women's anth". Vufind.carli.illinois.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  10. ^ "Nelson Mandela To Receive Honorary Degree in Absentia, One of Eight Candidates" (Press release). Brown University. April 27, 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  11. ^ https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/our-leadership/cecile-richards
  12. ^ http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a15060/cecile-richards-abortion-stigma/
  13. ^ http://www.lifenews.com/2015/11/10/cecile-richards-defends-aborting-her-baby-we-had-three-kids-that-was-enough/
  14. ^ Martinez, Gebe. "Texans in Washington". Houston Chronicle (Hearst Newspapers Partnership, L.P.). Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  15. ^ Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, official website.
  16. ^ Fluke, Sandra (2012-04-18). "Time Magazine: 100 Most Influential People in the World: Cecile Richards". Time.com. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 

External links[edit]

Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Gloria Feldt
President of Planned Parenthood