Gaby Rodriguez: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Gaby Rodriguez

Teen Activist, Student, and Author

Gaby Rodriguez made national headlines in 2011 when, as a seventeen-year-old high school senior from Toppenish, Washington, she revealed she had faked a pregnancy for a class project. Her grades were in the top five percent of her graduating class, and she would have the honor of being a commencement speaker. She was also in the ASB Leadership group and president of the school’s chapter of M.E.Ch.A (Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán). Rodriguez was raised by her single mom and has seven brothers and sisters.

Growing up, Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers; from an outsider’s perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Rodriguez had ambitions that didn’t include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how would she be treated if she “lived down” to others’ expectations? Would everyone ignore the years she put into being a good student and see her as just another pregnant teen statistic with no future? These questions sparked Rodriguez’ school project: faking her own pregnancy as a high school senior to see how her family, friends, and community would react. What she learned changed her life forever, and made international headlines in the process.

In The Pregnancy Project, Rodriguez details how she was able to fake her own pregnancy — hiding the truth from even her siblings and boyfriend’s parents — and reveals all that she learned from the experience. But more than that, her story is about fighting stereotypes, and how one girl found the strength to come out from the shadow of low expectations to forge a bright future for herself.

After numerous offers, Rodriguez accepted a significant film deal with Lifetime. The film (which stars Alexa Vega as Gaby) released on January 23 2012, in coordination with the book’s release. In fall 2012 The Pregnancy Project won a gold Eureka Award for Excellence in Nonfiction from The California Reading Association. Recently, various librarian associations hosted their annual awards ceremony, with the Young Adult Library Services Association naming The Pregnancy Project one of 2013's Top Ten Picks for Reluctant Teen Readers.

She is currently attending college.

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