Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights. As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Ms. Richards leads a national organization that, for more than 95 years, has worked for a healthier and safer world for women and teens.
Since joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, Ms. Richards has worked to expand the organization’s advocacy power, and ensured that Planned Parenthood played a pivotal role in shaping health care for women under the Affordable Care Act. Under Ms. Richards’ leadership, Planned Parenthood has built the largest pro-choice political organization in America, with 4.6 million supporters.
With a special emphasis on young people, she introduced the PPFA Youth Initiatives Program to train teens from across the United States in advocacy, lobbying, and media outreach, so they can mobilize their peers and organize grassroots efforts to promote sex education and reproductive rights at the national and local levels
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