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Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, Named Huffington Post Game Changer 2011: One Among One Hundred Innovators, Mavericks, Visionaries and Leaders
Huffington Post has named Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), one of Huffington Post's 2011 Game Changers, their “third annual celebration of 100 innovators, mavericks, visionaries, and leaders who are changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it.”
The full list of Game Changers can be found HERE.
In naming Ms. Richards a Game Changer, Huffington Post writes, “Since she became its president in 2006, Richards has helped successfully mobilize the 95-year-old organization to not only weather outrageous assaults but also to act on the offensive — as family planning, Medicaid, and women's health care become increasingly politicized…. Maybe it's in her DNA, as she's the daughter of the late, outspoken Texas governor Ann Richards, but this woman knows how to fight. And when it comes to women's health and reproductive rights, she fights tirelessly.”
Ms. Richards is one of the most recognized and respected figures in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights. As president of PPFA and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Ms. Richards leads a dynamic organization that provides high-quality, affordable health care services to three million women, men and teens each year. PPFA also provides sexual health information to more than 30 million people worldwide each year through plannedparenthood.org.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s foremost provider of sexual and reproductive health care and sex education. Its 83 affiliates operate nearly 800 health centers nationwide. It is also a forceful advocate for women’s health and rights.
In April of this year, Ms. Richards was named to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.