Our next Portrait of a Lady is Planned Parenthood’s Katie Danziger, a champion for sexual healthcare and reproductive rights for all. She is a force and an inspiration, having come from generations of philanthropic women (her mother was chair of the board of Planned Parenthood New York and her grandmother served on the board of Lincoln Center Theater). A Larkspur Lady through and through, Katie has carried on the tradition of giving back.
Larkspur & Hawk's founder Emily and Katie grew up together and recently reconnected on Instagram. The conversation quickly evolved into shared passions, including supporting healthcare, women, and New York City — and a collaboration was born. Emily designed a special magenta pendant, a nod to Planned Parenthood’s signature hue, whose proceeds all go to the organization’s New York division. Given the auspicious digital start to this partnership, 20% of all Larkspur & Hawk online sales will also benefit PPNYC through September 12, 2018.
Upon the launch of this exciting event, we spoke with Katie about her heroes (hint: they’re she-roes) and why reproductive healthcare is more important than ever...
What drew me to the Larkspur & Hawk jewelry I am wearing... When I saw this flower ring on Larkspur & Hawk's Instagram, it was me! I reached out to Emily and, soon after, we started talking about collaborating. She had the gorgeous and generous idea to create a pink piece to benefit PPNYC: the pendant I am wearing here. A beautiful way to sparkle and support PPNYC.
I am wearing them with... My go-to: white jeans and a comfy shirt.
My favorite flower... Peonies and lilacs were at my wedding, snapdragons remind me of my grandmother's garden, hydrangeas remind me of summer, and fields of sunflowers are magical....
To me, a necessary indulgence... My annual spa trip with all the women in my family.
To me, Larkspur & Hawk means... A sense of past and present.
What's inspiring me right now... I learned to be understated from my mom and to add glitter to everything from my grandmother — both are my sheroes!
I also have a sense of resistance since staying silent isn't an option anymore; that can be with a wink and a nod — or direct (like my button).
Our PPNYC + Larkspur & Hawk collaboration is... A wonderful way to combine beauty and purpose and shows that there are many ways we can all help make a difference. AND, sparkle really does make everything better!
Something most people don't know about Planned Parenthood... 1 in 5 women has been to a Planned Parenthood in their life. It offers a full range of reproductive health care services.
Why PPNYC is more important than ever... There are more and more attacks on women, with more restrictions and obstacles to access care. PPNYC promises to be there for each and every person who walks through their doors no matter what. So as more doors close to people for reasons ranging from immigration or insurance status to sexual orientation, we must be there to provide high-quality, non-judgmental care that everyone deserves.
One thing anyone can do to improve sexual healthcare awareness... The more we talk openly, the more we remove stigmas and make sexual healthcare a part of the complete healthcare package.
What's next at PPNYC... There are still millions of people with no access to care, so we are looking for ways to expand our footprint and partner with others to reach more people and create more equity in healthcare.