President of Planned Parenthood Says White Women Need To 'Do Better' And 'It's Not Up To Women Of Color To Save The Country'

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 20: People participate in the Women's March on January 20, 2018 in New York City. Across the nation hundreds of thousands of people are marching on what is the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's swearing-in to protest against his past statements on women and to celebrate women's rights around the world. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

President of Planned Parenthood Says White Women Need To 'Do Better' And 'It's Not Up To Women Of Color To Save The Country'

Cecile Richards also went on to say "Black activists laid the groundwork for this new future we're building."

Published January 22, 2018

While speaking at the 2018 Women's March, the president of Planned Parenthood not only applauded women of color for coming out in high numbers to"save this country from itself," but she also urged white women to join Black women in this fight.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who also heads the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, delivered an address Sunday at the Women's March #PowerToThePolls rally in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  1. Richards alluded to actions from Black women that saved Alabama from Roy Moore and attempted to save the country from Donald Trump

    "All across the country, the Women's March inspired doctors and teachers and mothers to become activists and organizers and, yes, candidates for office," Richards said. "And from Virginia to Alabama and to last week in Wisconsin, women have beaten the odds to elect our own to office. ... Women of color, transgender women, rural and urban women."

    "These victories were led and made possible by women of color," Richards added.

    The Planned Parenthood president then went on to call on white women to stand with Black women and assist in saving the country from bigotry, misogyny and harmful ideology. 

    "So, white women, listen up. We've got to do better. ... It is not up to women of color to save this country from itself. That's on all of us. That's on all of us," said Richards.

    "The good news is when we are in full-on sisterhood, women are the most powerful, political force in America," she said.


  2. Richards has also given credit to the many Black activists and Black women who were the leaders of the movements we see rising

    The Planned Parenthood official Twitter page reminded that the current #MeeToo movement would be nothing without Black women, such as Anita Hill, who spoke out against sexual harassment. 

  3. Richards' speech was applauded by Black and white women for finally addressing the elephant in the room

Written by Rachel Herron

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