Celebrating International Women’s Day

Happy Womens DayWomen Who Have Inspired Change – Cecile Richards

With International Women’s Day on the cusp, it’s important to pay respect and give credit to women in the United States who have shown to be great leaders. Game changers don’t come along every day, so when we see a women like Cecile Richards, we owe it to ourselves to pay attention and learn all that we can. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is Inspiring Change, and Richard has fought hard as a political activist to help promote change in the lives of women all over the United States. 

Although this article is to be about inspiring women, and to give homage to the prestigious holiday, we will be discussing Cecile to give an idea of what an ideal woman leader should act like. To give a little more info on Richards and her accomplishments, she is the daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards; she has served for the Democratic Party for more than a decade, and has helped found several foundations and movements that have helped the advancement of the Democratic party. 

Besides being a true political leader, she has been the President of the Planned Parenthood Federation since 2006. The federation helps with the care of teens across America, by teaching about safe sex practices, giving free screenings for STDs, and helping displaced mothers with health and child care. 

We should all be appreciative of women like Cecile who have dedicated their lives to the advancement of women, and people across the United States, as well as giving inspiration to women everywhere about what is possible when they realize their true potential. 

Richards’s services have branched into countless sectors, she was the founder and previous President of America Votes, an organization that was developed to build long lasting campaign infrastructure. The organization leads both national and state based coalitions to develop shared strategies advancing progressive movements, create engagement within communities, and increase the overall voter turnout. 

Cecile Richards, photograph courtesy of R. Shankbone

Cecile Richards, photograph courtesy of R. Shankbone

Before establishing America Votes, Cecile Richards worked alongside former Democratic Representative of the U.S. House of Representatives and political leader Nancy Pelosi as her Deputy chief of staff. She was also involved with the Turner Foundation which focuses on philanthropic grants and in environment and population. She then went on to found the Texas Freedom Network in 1996, an organization that was formed to defend civil liberties, protect religious freedom, and strengthen the public school systems within the state of Texas. 

All of this has earned her the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. This achievement is an American award citation that is given by the join forces of the Nation Institute and Puffin Foundation. The award is given annually to honor those who are part of socially responsible work, and challenge authority. The $100,000 reward is meant to encourage the receiver to continue on with his/her work and inspire others to face and change the prevailing challenges in their career. Richards received her Puffin award in 2001. Her accomplishments also helped her grace the pages of Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. 

Appreciation for women of Cecile’s caliper should go without saying. Richards has changed the lives of millions of women, she has dedicated more than twenty years to development of reproductive freedom and social justice. She has shown women throughout the country what drive, confidence and dedication can obtain. 

In today’s highly competitive world, women need great leaders like Cecile to inspire equal rights, personal achievement, and political change. International Women’s Day celebrates all of these virtues and needs to be recognized as one of the most important holidays the world has. Showing appreciation for great women leaders like Cecile Richards is just the first step; the real achievement comes when women everywhere become motivated in their own advancement, and that of the people around them. This doesn’t have to be done on a political level; it can start right in your own community, and can be done so immediately. Women everywhere now have the power and respect to be the change that they want to see in their lives. 

We will be releasing a series of blogs in the upcoming weeks that will be focusing on various woman leaders, different accomplishments that women have been a part of, and the overall advancement of women everywhere. These accomplishments, achievements, and women we will be speaking of will go far beyond just the women in view, as with women like Richards, it’s easily seen that they not only fight for women’s rights, but the better of the entire country as well. So keep in tuned as you will soon see that there are women in the world who are dedicating their lives to making a difference in any way they can, and that International Women’s Day should be celebrated and respected as much as any other holiday the world has seen. 


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