Faye Wattleton on Ozie Wattleton

“She taught me about integrity and standing up for what you believe in.”

FAYE WATTLETON, the youngest and longest serving President of Planned Parenthood, tells the story of her evangelist minister mother, OZIE GARRETT WATTLETON and the profound effect this deeply committed woman had on her accomplished daughter, though they held extremely different views on religion, morality and reproductive rights. Listen and be inspired by the way these two brave, intelligent women found a way through passionately-held opposite beliefs to a relationship of love, mutual respect and even pride in one another. Our storytellers share these astonishing women with us conversationally and unscripted; we fact-check afterwards and note any major discrepancies for accuracy.


Faye Wattleton

Faye Wattleton served as co-founder of the Center for the Advancement of Women, an independent nonpartisan think tank, conducting women-focused national research and policy advocacy. From 1978 too 1992 she was President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary reproductive health provider and advocate. She was the youngest woman, first African-American, and longest tenured in the position, leading the international organization to become the seventh largest nonprofit institution. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.
She serves on the boards of directors of Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Council on Aging, and Leonard Schaeffer Center for Health Economics and Policy. She has spoken and written extensively on corporate board governance.

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Ozie Wattleton

Ozie Garrett Wattleton was called to the ministry and ordained in 1940 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her ministry took her across the country as an evangelist in revivals, crusades and conventions. Reverend Wattleton pastored in Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, Texas, Ohio and Georgia. She was a missionary with the Church of God and assisted in establishing congregations throughout the south, preaching against segregation. For her distinguished life of service and intellectual leadership she was awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Anderson University and Southern California School of Ministry.