About Our Keynote Speaker
Cecile Richards is a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, and a co-founder of Supermajority -- a new organization fighting for gender equity. She is also the author of New York Times bestseller Make Trouble and former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Her mother was the late Governor Ann Richards.
For 12 years, Cecile Richards worked to increase affordable access to reproductive health care and to build a healthier and safer world for women and young people. After starting her career as a labor organizer, working with women earning the minimum wage, she went on to start her own grassroots organizations, and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
In 2011 and 2012, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Richards is a frequent speaker and commentator on politics and progressive issues. She and her husband, Kirk Adams, have three children and live in New York City and Maine.
Supermajority is a new home for women's activism, training and mobilizing a multiracial, intergenerational community that will fight for gender equity together.
Supermajority is a membership-based organization that affirms and builds women’s power and serves as a one-stop shop for advocacy, community building, and electoral participation aimed at transforming our country and building an intergenerational, multiracial movement for women’s equity.
- That women’s equity is essential to the advancement of our humanity as well as the economic, political, and social progress of our country and world.
- In the humanity, dignity, and equality of all people and in a universal capacity to learn, grow, and change.
- That we can only have true democracy when everyone has a chance to participate, lead, and make their voice heard.
- In fighting for the basic human needs of all people, including universal health care, public education, a living wage, a clean environment, and affordable housing.
- In supporting families—including the right of every person to decide whether and when to have children, to live in safe communities, and to provide and care for their loved ones.