2017 Forbes Women's Summit

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Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, is calling on white women to do what Black women have been asking them to do since the dawn of time.

“White women, we’ve got to do better,” she said Sunday during the Women’s March #PowertothePolls rally in Las Vegas. “It is not up to women of color to save this country from itself. That’s on all of us.”

Sounds like Richards has been paying attention. Thank God someone has.

“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 also stated, crediting recent victories to women of color. “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.”


She went on to add: “The good news is when we are in full on sisterhood, women are the most powerful, political force in America.”

According to CNN, thousands were in attendance for the #PowertothePolls event, which began at 10 a.m. Organized as a followup to last year’s Inaugural Women’s March, the rally is one of the steps Women’s March organizers have taken in working toward their goal to register one million voters in 2018.

“When we think about our influence and how many millions of people marched yesterday and last year we know we are capable of grabbing Congress by the midterms and making sure our values are prioritized,” Carmen Perez, Women’s March co-chair, stated to the crowd.

We’ll see what white women make of Richards’ message. In the meantime, watch her speech below: