Longtime activist Cecile Richards is the former president of Planned Parenthood, co-founder of Supermajority, and the daughter of the late former governor of Texas, Ann Richards. Here, she talks about the outsize influence and legacy of her mother's role in government, and how it inspired her to advocate for women’s rights, women's health and building the power of women of all backgrounds, races, and ages to create a future where we are truly equal.
“I grew up in Texas where women really didn’t have much of any power. In fact, my mom—she was a housewife, as we called them in the day, until she finally figured out that women could do more and eventually ran for office herself and became governor of Texas. It changed opportunities for women in that state and around the country. So I’ve spent, I guess, my entire lifetime organizing women, working with women, helping to lift up women, and I think it’s never been more important than today.”
– Cecile Richards
These videos are part of our featured series, The Future Is Hers, celebrating the power of women and girls around the world.