CECILE RICHARDS in conversation with Monique Galpin

March 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
Iowa City Public Library

Please join us for this special Women's History Month event about learning to lead and make change. Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood will read from and discuss her new book, Make Trouble:  Stand Up, Speak Out and Find the Courage to Lead. She will be in conversation with Monique Galpin, Iowa City health care advocate.

Cecile Richards, a "heroine of the resistance (Vogue)", has led a life of activism since wearing a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War. Daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, she was raised in ultra-conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. Throughout her life, Richards observed not only the rise of women in American politics, but also the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, misinformation, and even the threat of violence confronting those who challenge authority. 

Richards was president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, and the featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington. Make Trouble is her story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice.

Monique Galpin is a coordinator for SHPEP, a pipeline program for underrepresented students in health professions. She also serves on the UI African American Council, the Iowa Sickle Cell Symposium Planning Committee, and is an advocate for reproductive rights and a feminist approach to health care.

Prairie Lights will have copies of Make Trouble for sale at the event.