Gloria Feldt is a nationally acclaimed activist, author, keynote speaker and commentator on women's lives, rights, health, and leadership from where the personal meets the political. She’s been dubbed "the voice of experience" by People Magazine, one of America’s “Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers” by Vanity Fair, “Woman of the Year” by Glamour, and a “practical visionary” by her colleagues.
She was a teen mom whose life’s passion for reproductive justice led her to a 30-year career with the world's largest reproductive health care provider and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood. After leading the organization’s affiliates in West Texas and Arizona where she dramatically expanded their health care services, she served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America from 1996 to 2005.
Gloria turned Planned Parenthood into a powerhouse, and led the creation of its bold “Vision for 2025”. She led the reproductive rights, health, and justice movement to “fight forward”, changing strategy from reacting to threats to one that advanced its own initiatives to improve women’s health: successfully obtaining insurance coverage for contraception, wider access to emergency contraception, spearheading introduction of The Prevention First Act and the updated Freedom of Choice Act.
Gloria is author of three books. The most recent, co-authored with actress Kathleen Turner, is the New York Times best seller, "Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles." Previous books are "The War on Choice: The Right-Wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back" and "Behind Every Choice Is a Story." She is currently writing a book about women’s relationship with power, to be published by Seal Press, fall, 2010. She has also contributed chapters to several women’s health books, including "Our Bodies, Ourselves Menopause."
Gloria recalls if health insurance covers birth control.
October 28, 2009 - 6:19pm
Gloria describes the services provided by organizations like Planned Parenthood.
October 28, 2009 - 6:14pm
Gloria discusses how parents should talk to their daughters about birth control.
October 28, 2009 - 6:06pm
Gloria explains how a young woman can approach her parents about birth control.
October 28, 2009 - 5:55pm
Gloria shares if access to birth control is still considered a controversial topic.
October 28, 2009 - 5:47pm
Gloria discusses whether or not birth control should be considered a woman's civil right.
October 28, 2009 - 5:42pm
Gloria describes how family planning can decrease the need for an abortion.
October 28, 2009 - 5:33pm
Gloria describes how family planning actually empowers women.
October 28, 2009 - 5:28pm
Gloria shares if court cases can affect a woman's access to birth control.
October 28, 2009 - 5:21pm
Gloria explains why restricted access to birth control usually falls on low-income women.
October 28, 2009 - 5:10pm
Gloria shares the resources available for women who need birth control.
October 28, 2009 - 5:02pm
Gloria describes what comprehensive sexual education can provide.
October 28, 2009 - 4:58pm
Gloria shares why she believes some people oppose birth control.
October 28, 2009 - 4:28pm
Gloria explains why she thinks abstinence-only sexual educations programs are inadequate.
October 28, 2009 - 4:10pm
Gloria explains if granting access to birth control provides women with freedom.
October 28, 2009 - 4:04pm