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Kate Michelman

Kate Michelman

  • Former President of NARAL Pro-Choice America

For nearly 20 years, she served as President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, catapulting the organization to prominence as the nation’s premier reproductive rights group. Under Kate’s leadership, NARAL Pro-Choice America transformed the political debate and positioned a woman’s freedom to choose as a fundamental American liberty.

Kate Michelman Speech Topics

The Battle for the Supreme Court: What will happen? What’s at stake?

Kate Michelman has devoted her life's work to ensuring that no woman would ever again have to face indignities or risk her life when making reproductive choices. Today, Roe vs. Wade hangs by a slender thread on the Supreme Court which is one or two votes away from turning back the clock on a woman’s fundamental right to choose.

How to Get Things Done in Washington: Five Rules for Success

Long viewed as one of the most powerful, pragmatic and effective advocates in politics, Kate Michelman -- whose voice has been heard and heeded from the Oval Office to the highest councils on Capitol Hill -- distills the lessons she’s learned into five rules for getting things done in Washington.

Seeding the Grassroots: Building Effective Advocacy Campaigns

Kate Michelman -- who transformed a small, Washington-based organization into one of the most respected and powerful grassroots organizations in the nation -- shares her advice on achieving change by building support from the community level up.

Thirty Years as a Woman’s Rights Leader: Looking Back -- and Forward

Kate Michelman, one of the foremost leaders of the women’s rights movement in the last thirty years, reflects on her experiences, assesses the state of women’s rights and looks ahead to the challenges American women face.

The Great Juggling Act: Balancing Work and Family

For the last several years, Kate Michelman -- wife, mother and grandmother -- has been the primary caretaker for a husband with a chronic illness and an adult daughter with a severe spinal cord injury. And then there’s her day job: being one of the most powerful women in Washington. She shares tips on how to balance the two.

Swimming in the Mainstream: Managing the Controversial Issue

Kate Michelman has successfully charted a mainstream course on one of the most controversial issues of modern times: a woman’s right to choose. During that time, she’s confronted opponents who resort to harassment, violence and verbal abuse. In this speech, she offers advice on how to stay in the mainstream and keep one’s cool in the face of emotionally charged issues.

Law, Ethics and Public Policy

The intersection of law, ethics and public policy is important for the nation, its citizens and its leaders as we face more and more complex issues of public policy. One such issue is that of stem cell research which holds great promise for treatment of degenerative deceases and spinal cord injury but is embroiled in controversy over the politics of reproductive choice.

Kate Michelman Biography, Background, and Speaker Profile

Kate Michelman is one of the most respected and influential women in America today. For nearly 20 years, she served as President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, catapulting the organization to prominence as the nation’s premier reproductive rights group. Under Kate’s leadership, NARAL Pro-Choice America transformed the political debate and positioned a woman’s freedom to choose as a fundamental American liberty. Vanity Fair magazine has named Kate one of America’s 200 Women Legends, Leaders. A seasoned lobbyist and skilled political strategist -- Washingtonian magazine named Michelman one of the capital’s 100 most powerful women and The Hill named her one of the top grassroots/non-profit lobbyists -- she has pursued a legislative agenda to keep abortion legal while making it less necessary and built NARAL Pro-Choice America into a dominant force in electoral politics at the state and federal levels. Fortune Magazine has described NARAL Pro-Choice America as "one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America."

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