In a "brilliant and exhilarating" memoir, Liz Maguire chronicles her 45-year career dedicated to advancing reproductive choice in developing countries and shares the keys to an exciting and rewarding life.
Maguire highlights the critical work of the organizations where she held leadership positions and her rich and varied experiences in North and sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In the 1990s, she served as the first woman director of the global family planning and reproductive health program of the U.S. Agency for International Development, followed by 16 years as CEO of the international non-profit, Ipas.
Maguire discusses the major challenges that remain in achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, now exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. She calls for accelerating the global fight for reproductive and social justice.
The author also recounts her adventures studying and travelling in Europe in her youth, living in France part-time over the last 35 years, and exploring other intriguing places around the world. She concludes with reflections on core values, leadership, and mentorship. Throughout her memoir, Maguire conveys what is possible in life and leadership with passion, perseverance, compassion, optimism, and continuous learning.
Reviewers call Maguire's memoir "a moving story of unwavering personal commitment," "an inspiration for the new generation of leaders to advance reproductive choice for all," and "a valuable guide for anyone interested in public health, values-centered leadership, or maximizing life's opportunities."
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About the Author
Table of Contents
BEGINNING MY JOURNEY: DEFINING MOMENTS AND NEW HORIZONS 1
1 Gifts from My Family 3
2 Pivotal Moments in My Youth 11
3 Opening a New Chapter and Finding My Partner 19
PURSUING A GLOBAL MISSION: INCREASING ACCESS TO FAMILY PLANNING AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH 23
4 Population Reference Bureau (PRB) 25
5 Georgetown University 33
6 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) 35
FIGHTING FOR SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS:LEADERSHIP OF IPAS 57
7 Enhancing Ipas's Presence and Impact 59
8 Technical Leadership and Innovations 75
9 Policy and Advocacy 87
10 Building and Communicating the Evidence 103
11 Responsibilities, Challenges, and Opportunities as CEO 107
12 Accomplishments of the Ipas Team 115
REVIEWING THE UNFINISHED AGENDA: SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS FOR ALL 121
13 Progress to Date 123
14 Huge Unmet Needs 127
15 The Challenges Ahead 133
MAXIMIZING LIFE'S OPPORTUNITIES: MEMORABLE AND REWARDING EXPERIENCES 147
16 Following My Passions 149
17 Living in France 157
18 Adventures in Other Countries 173
PERSONAL REFLECTIONS: GUIDING PRINCIPLES, LEADERSHIP, AND MENTORSHIP 183
19 Living Core Values 185
20 Thoughts on Leadership 207
21 Empowering the Next Generations 217
About the Author 229