She was invited by Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards to join the national committee and she jumped at the opportunity.
“When someone you really admire…calls on you to serve, you say yes,” she told Elle. “The fact is that women’s health is under fire right now. And so to me, it feels like it’s important to help fight back. I just want to be of service. And I’ll do that any way I can.”
Why Shonda, you ask? Cecile says:
…..”what she brings not only to this board, but frankly to the world, is her commitment to lift up the stories of people who don’t always get heard, whether it’s in the way she talks about LGBT issues or women’s reproductive health care or [the way she] centers people of color on television. To me, the most important work we can do now at Planned Parenthood is make sure that the voices of all those folks are heard, particularly in this political environment. And there’s just no one better at utilizing the power of storytelling than Shonda Rhimes.”
We agree with Shonda when she says that people need to start being concerned about even the issues to don’t directly affect them.
“I’d put it this way: There are a lot of men who run things. And so for them, if it’s not about them, it’s considered an “other.” I think the point of our country, our planet, the reason we’re all here, one of the best things that we can do is be concerned about something even when it doesn’t concern us,” she said. “That’s the whole point. The fact that I’ve never had to use a Planned Parenthood, the fact that I’ve never been in need of medical services I couldn’t afford or didn’t have access to, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be concerned about the fact that other women don’t have that access. I think that’s important. The same way there shouldn’t be men going around saying, “Well, it’s just a women’s issue” because it doesn’t involve their uteruses because they don’t have them. That’s such a simplistic and silly way to look at this. Obviously, it concerns them. It should obviously concern them. When you help make people healthier, it makes the nation healthier, it makes the world healthier, it makes the economy healthier.”