Advancing Reproductive Choice: Leading with Conviction and Compassion, a Memoir

Advancing Reproductive Choice: Leading with Conviction and Compassion, a Memoir

by Elizabeth S. Maguire

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Overview

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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578733913
Publisher: Elizabeth Maguire
Publication date: 11/24/2020
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 594,784
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth (Liz) Maguire worked for 45 years in the international sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) field, holding senior leadership positions in the U.S. government and the non-profit sector. Her multiple awards include USAID's Distinguished Career Service Award, the Population Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Public Health Association. In retirement, she serves as a senior SRHR advisor, dedicated to mentoring the next generation of leaders. Maguire received an M.A. in Sociology and Demography from Georgetown University. A multilingual U.S. and Irish citizen, she has lived in England, France, and Italy, and has travelled to 85 countries. Maguire currently divides her time between Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Nice, France.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part One

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

Part Two

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

Part Three

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

Part Four

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

Part Five

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

Part Six

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS: GUIDING PRINCIPLES, LEADERSHIP, AND MENTORSHIP 183

19 Living Core Values 185

20 Thoughts on Leadership 207

21 Empowering the Next Generations 217

Conclusion 223

Acknowledgments 225

About the Author 229

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