Monday, February 15, 2021


Cecile Richards to Deliver Gruber Lecture on March 8

Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards, a national leader for women’s rights and social and economic justice, will deliver the 2021 Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights.

The lecture, titled, “Women and the Workforce — How A Pandemic Demands Systemic Change,” is open to the Yale Community and will take place on Monday, March 8, 2021, from 4:30–6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Online registration is required. There will also be a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, with Richards and additional speakers. Details will be posted soon.

Richards is a co-founder of Supermajority, a new organization fighting for gender equity. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Make Trouble. As President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund for 12 years, 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 minimum wage, she went on to start her own grassroots organizations. Richards later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2011 and 2012, Richards 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.

The Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice and the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights feature speakers whose exceptional achievements have served the causes of global justice and women’s rights. To learn more about previous Gruber lectures, visit the program’s webpage.