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Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.

Warrior for women

Cecile Richards says ‘#MeToo’ onstage at the Women in the World Dallas Salon

By WITW Staff on December 5, 2017

Tina Brown closed out the evening Monday at the Women in the World Texas Salon by interviewing Cecile Richards, a frequent guest on the Women in the World stage, about leading the battle for women’s health care during a time when reproductive rights are under endless attack and the U.S. abortion rate is at its lowest point since Roe v. Wade. Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, spoke at length with Brown on a range of issues including what she sees as the biggest challenge posed by President Donald Trump’s administration.

The discussion also focused on the #MeToo movement that’s taken hold in American culture since the Harvey Weinstein allegations came to light. Richards said the #MeToo movement is not just about Hollywood celebrities and women in the news. “It is about everyday women — and we have to support them, and we have to lift those stories up.”

Responding to a question from Brown about whether she’s ever been sexually harassed, Richards exclaimed, “Of course! What woman has not been sexually harassed?” Richards said she responded to being sexually assaulted years ago in the way many women have — by not saying anything about it at the time. “I think a lot of us have a lot of shame about the incidents and that we didn’t do more at the time,” she said. “There wasn’t anywhere to go.”

Turning back to the state of 2017 and where things are headed for women, Richards concluded, “I think the theme of this year is the resilience of women. We are not going back. We are not going back.”

Watch the full interview above.


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