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Gloria Feldt

b. April 13, 1942

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Gloria Feldt until we are able to commission a full entry.

Gloria Feldt at home.

Courtesy of Gloria Feldt.

Driven by her own experiences as a teenage mother, Gloria Feldt became an advocate for women’s rights and reproductive choice, leading Planned Parenthood for a decade. Feldt had her first child at age fifteen and became a mother of three by twenty. In 1974 she finally earned her BA from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, the same year she joined Planned Parenthood. By 1978 she was head of Planned Parenthood’s Northern Arizona Office, speaking out for reproductive rights and travelling with a bodyguard to avoid violent reprisals from pro-life advocates. From 1996–2005 she served as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood and lobbied successfully for contraceptive coverage by insurance companies. As of 2014, she teaches courses on women and leadership at Arizona State University, serves on the boards of the Women’s Media Center and the Jewish Women’s Archive, and is president of Take the Lead, a mentoring and networking organization dedicated to ensuring women claim an equal share of leadership positions across all sectors. She has written a number of bestselling books, including No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power and Behind Every Choice Is a Story, and writes a blog, Heartfeldt.

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