Sarah Wheat


As Interviewed by Clarissa Bird, March 17, 2013
"To me, civil rights means equality. It means people should all have access to the same things."
Sarah Wheat

Introductory Profile: About Sarah Wheat

Sarah Wheat is the Co-CEO of the non-profit organization, Planned Parenthood. She is heavily involved with women’s civil rights through Planned Parenthood. She also occasionally works with or for the reproductive and women’s health movement. The “angle” being conveyed by this interview is that Planned Parenthood is an organization helping many disadvantaged women and families with their health care, and works to earn women’s civil rights. Standout moments of the interview include when Mrs. Wheat describes what her idea of civil rights is and how she works through the community to gain them for every person regardless of gender, age or income.

Sarah Wheat is a middle aged woman with dark, wavy hair and bright blue eyes. She has a slight southern accent and is a very charismatic and lively speaker. Mrs. Wheat is very passionate about what she does, but still gets the idea across in a kind and respectful way.

Mrs. Wheat grew up in Chicago, Illinois and her father was a minister. Mrs. Wheat grew up volunteering with Planned Parenthood in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Austin. She graduated with Masters Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in English from Kenyon College. She now lives with her husband, Tim Staley, and her three sons in Austin, Texas.

The overall tone of this interview was very serious but still showed hope in the conversation regarding the “crossing of barriers in women’s civil rights.” The interviewee, Sarah Wheat, at first conveyed a very casual mood, but once we got past introductions and small talk, the conversation became a bit more weighted. Mrs. Wheat takes her work very seriously when she describes working with the governor but finds joy in all her accomplishments with supporting and providing for the community. She was very interactive with me and was very lively, while speaking with much respect towards Planned Parenthood and all the work she has done with them.