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Get That Life: How I Became The President Of NARAL Pro-Choice America

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13:   NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue joins lawmakers to announce new legislation to
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue joins lawmakers to announce new legislation to protect a woman's right to abortion during a news conference in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill November 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to its sponsors, the Women's Health Protection Act of 2013 would 'protect a women's right to safe and legal abortion by preempting restrictive regulations and laws - such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin - intended to curtail reproductive health services for women. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Ilyse Hogue is the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, one of the country's leading reproductive rights advocacy organizations. But Hogue didn't grow up wanting to be a pro-choice firebrand or even a women's rights advocate. For most of her life she wanted to spend her time in rural Montana or the jungles of the Amazon. Yet her leadership has revitalized NARAL, bringing the organization into the digital age and looping in more Millennials and pro-choice men. Hogue talked to Cosmopolitan.com about taking big risks, learning to be your own best advocate, and the power in women telling their truths.

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