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Gloria Feldt

Gloria Feldt
Feldt with Albert Wynn on steps of U.S. Supreme Court at a rally for abortion rights on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Born (1942-04-13) April 13, 1942
Temple, Texas
Occupation Co-founder and president of Take The Lead, Feminist, writer, author, speaker
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Leadership, power, women's rights
Notable works No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power
Notable awards Vanity Fair, America's Top 200 Women Leaders

Gloria Feldt (born April 13, 1942) is a New York Times best-selling author,[1] speaker, commentator, and feminist leader who has gained national recognition as a social and political advocate of women's rights. In 2013, she founded with Amy Litzenberger Take the Lead, a nonprofit initiative with a goal to propel women to leadership parity by 2025[2] She is a former CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, directing the organization from 1996 to 2005.


  • Early life and career 1
  • Appearances 2
  • Writing 3
    • Works 3.1
  • Awards and recognition 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and career

Gloria Feldt was born on April 13, 1942 in Temple, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974 from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

She first joined Planned Parenthood in 1974 at the Permian Basin Planned Parenthood office (now Planned Parenthood of West Texas). Beginning in 1978, she headed its Central Northern Arizona office. "Her superlative compassion and conviction," according to Women in the World Foundation, "combined with her intelligence and charisma, have carried her from teenage motherhood in West Texas to a thirty-year career with the reproductive health provider and advocacy group Planned Parenthood Federation of America."[3] While running the Central Northern Arizona Planned Parenthood office as family planning became controversial and politically charged, Feldt traveled with a bodyguard and avoided working in well-lit, open offices with large windows that could be targeted by protestors.[4]

From 1996 to 2005, she was CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She was the architect and instigator of contraceptive coverage by insurance.[5][6]

Active early in her career in the civil rights movement,[7] she often comments on women's issues, including in a June 2012 Salon online magazine article.[8] MSNBC interviewed her for a piece about the War on Women that aired March 19, 2012.[9] The New York Times' Adriana Gardella did a Q&A with Feldt in 2010, featuring her in its business section.[10]

People magazine once called Feldt "the voice of experience."[11]

As president of Take The Lead, she oversees learning programs, mentoring, networking, and role modeling programs for women.[2] She is a professor at Arizona State University, where she teaches the course Women, Power, and Leadership.[12] She also serves on the boards of the Women's Media Center and the Jewish Women's Archive and on the advisory board of Our Bodies, Ourselves.


Feldt is a frequent Victoria Pynchon, with feminist leaders Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox and Jamia Wilson at the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association annual conference[13] She has also appeared in several forums on C-SPAN's Book TV.

In addition to speaking engagements, she tours with an intergenerational feminist panel titled WomenGirlsLadies.[14]


Feldt's commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among other publications. On the Internet, she has contributed to Truthout, The Daily Beast,, ForbesWoman,[15] Democracy Journal, Women's eNews, Huffington Post, WIMN's Voices, the Women's Media Center, the International Leadership Forum's ilfpost, BlogHer, and on her personal website.[16]

Feldt has written several books. Her latest, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, was published by Seal Press in October 2010.[17]


Awards and recognition

  • New York Newswomen Front Page Award, 2007[18]
  • Women's eNews, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, 2007[19]
  • Women Lawyers Los Angeles, Courage Award, 2005[20]
  • Arizona Civil Liberties Union, Civil Libertarian of the Year, 2005
  • Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Sarah Weddington Award, 2005
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Margaret Sanger Award, 2005[21]
  • Glamour Magazine, Woman of the Year, 2003[22]
  • Vanity Fair, America's Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends and Trailblazers, 1998[23]
  • World Academy of Art and Science, Special Award, 1998
  • Texas Monthly Texas Twenty 1996
  • City of Phoenix Human Relations Commission, Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award, 1996
  • National Organization for Women, Sun City Chapter, Golden Apple Award, 1995
  • Soroptimist International, Women Helping Women Award, 1994 and 1998
  • Planned Parenthood National Executive Directors Council Ruth Green Award, 1990
  • Woman of Achievement, 1987, Junior League, Mujer, and AAUW
  • New Times, Best of Phoenix, 1987

Personal life

At age 15, Feldt married her college-age boyfriend and had three children by the time she was 20.[24] She currently lives with her husband Alex Barbanell and splits her time between New York City and Scottsdale, Arizona.


  1. ^ Best Sellers: Hard Cover Nonfiction (#11), New York Times, March 2, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Do You Really Want The Top Job? 7 Lessons Gloria Feldt Taught Me About Our New Female Power". Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Woman of the Week: Gloria Feldt," Women in the World Foundation, January 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Making of a Political Activist," Ms. magazine, Spring 2003.
  5. ^ "Lawsuit Alleges Bias Over Refusal To Pay For Contraceptives," Chicago Tribune, July 20, 2000.
  6. ^ "Driving the Conversation," Politico, February 09, 2012.
  7. ^ "Interview with Gloria Feldt," The Daily Femme!, October 4, 2010.
  8. ^ "No ideology to see here!," Salon, June 4, 2012.
  9. ^ "Former Planned Parenthood Pres to FCC: Fire Rush!" MSNBC, March 19, 2012.
  10. ^ "Where Is the Female Steve Jobs?" New York Times, October 4, 2010.
  11. ^ "The Voice of Experience," People, June 24, 1996.
  12. ^ "Feldt interviewed on KJZZ-FM" ASU News.
  13. ^ Event Calendar, South Carolina Bar, January 21, 2011.
  14. ^ "Feminists bring multigenerational perspective to reopen dialogue," ASU News, October 06, 2009.
  15. ^ Forbes blogs, Gloria Feldt: Heartfelt Leadership
  16. ^ Huffington Post profile
  17. ^ Amazon book pageNo Excuses
  18. ^ "Newswomen's Club of New York Announces 2007 Front Page Awards Winners," PR Newswire, October 22, 2008.
  19. ^ "Women's eNews Celebrates with Our 21 Leaders 2007," Women's eNews, June 19, 2007.
  20. ^ WLALA's Annual Awards, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
  21. ^ PPFA Margaret Sanger Award Winners (scroll down to 2005)
  22. ^ "GLAMOUR Magazine Announces the 2003 Women of the Year", PRNewswire.
  23. ^ "Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast with ... Gloria Feldt," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 11, 2000.
  24. ^ Gloria Feldt, Mother Jones, March/April 1997.

External links

  • Gloria Feldt official website
  • "Why women must seize this moment," CNN Opinion, by Gloria Feldt
  • Gloria Feldt on C-SPAN's Book TV
  • Planned Parenthood site
  • Seal Press author page
  • Gloria Feldt at the Internet Movie Database
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