Back in 1865, William Ross Wallace wrote a poem that included the line, “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world” – a nod to motherhood as the most important force for change in the world. From raising the babies that become change-makers to being change-makers themselves, moms play a pretty pivotal role in shaping our communities. Today, we’re featuring 11 inspiring moms making the world a better place – “everyday moms” doing awesome things that show how each one of us has the power to make change. We bet you know some amazing moms, too, so share your stories for a chance to win our giveaway!
Leah used Facebook to help a friend find a kidney donor. When it worked, she decided she wanted to do it for other people, too so she set up Find a Kidney Central, “a hub for kidney donation pages that now is home to 161 people who are in need of a new kidney. In the year the page has been up and running it has linked donors for 38 transplants, and has grown from a bulletin board of information into a vibrant support community for those waiting for transplants.”
Katie is a mom of 6 kids and a photographer (5 boys + 1 girl = 6 Photography) whose daughter was born with Down Syndrome. She and a friend launched “Changing the Face of Beauty” and she organizes, casts and promotes photography as well as online campaigns encouraging companies to consider people of all abilities when they cast for their ads.
Rebecca Melskey & Eva St. Clair
Two years ago, Rebecca and Eva looked at children’s clothing and asked why. Why does no one make little girls clothes in pink with dinosaurs? Or sparkly with pirates? Or anything with ninjas, robots and monsters? In April of 2013, they set out to change that. From their vision came Princess Awesome: a clothing line that gives little girls stylish outfits to match all the cool things they love. “We want little girls to internalize that dinosaurs, pirates, ninjas, math, science and all the other themes on our dresses are just as much “for girls” as they are “for boys,” said Rebecca. (Story found on Moms1st – a community built to inspire women in all stages of motherhood. Such a cool resource for moms!)
Karen is the blogger and photographer behind Chookooloonks. According to SheKnows, “her book The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit is a best seller and stimulating manual honoring each individual’s differences and how that makes us unique, special and absolutely beautiful. Karen’s blog is eye candy for aspiring photographers and soul candy for anyone willing and ready to be inspired.”
Renee, mother to 14 (for real!!) has a 4-year-old son Apollo who was diagnosed with a double aortic arch, a heart defect. After two surgeries, Renee began taking pictures of him in superhero costumes to make him feel “strong and powerful,” which inspired her to offer her services to other special-needs kids. The result is an inspiring series called “The Superhero Project.”
Kristin is an author, speaker, radio host, and co-founder and Executive Director/CEO of MomsRising.org – a national grassroots organization that supports and promotes policies aimed at improving family economic security; helping families, children, and businesses thrive; and to ending discrimination against women and mothers.
Gwen, a single mother of four, realized the kids who walked to school in her Connecticut neighborhood didn’t have a safe route that was free of traffic, snow and ice, so she created the Meriden Kids Walk Safe Coalition. Her Walk Safe initiative has created walkability checklists and safe route listings as well as lobbied against budget cuts that threatened crossing guards’ jobs.
Inspired by her son Max’s battle against brain cancer and the resilience that children teach us in the toughest of situations, Audra founded MaxLove Project to support SuperKids with the same therapeutic resources that helped SuperMax thrive against the odds while battling brain cancer. (SuperMax is also the inspiration behind Cloud b’s SuperMax the Turtle, created to help children feel calm and strong wherever they are and whenever they need it.)
Amy has made it her mission to help Loved Twice, a nonprofit dedicated to collecting and distributing gently used clothes to underprivileged babies in the San Francisco area. As told on CNN, “Since 2005, Loved Twice has collected 25,000 pounds of items — 5,000 pounds of which Amy contributed. She gathers, washes, sorts, repackages and delivers goods to the organization each week. She even scours sites like Craigslist and tries to convince sellers to donate items instead. Amy also uses this as a learning tool for her kids. ‘My son is in the car when I make my pickups,’ she says. ‘And my daughter enjoys snapping all the one-piece bodysuits. She knows she’s helping babies. I think it’s so important to teach kids how easy it is to donate and how fulfilling it is.’”
Tishara is a young, single mom who works, goes to school, cares for her baby and helps the homeless. She uses her own money to bag lunches and drives 50 miles round trip to downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, to give food to the homeless every week.
As told by Cosmopolitan, “Once-homeless mother Vanessa Howard pays it forward by treating other homeless women to spa treatments. Howard opened Giving Hands Beauty Salon after being homeless with three daughters. Now she hosts spiritual spa days for homeless women and princess spa days for girls in shelters. Howard says many of the women who have had free makeovers at her salon have gone on to get jobs. ‘I was once not having a place to stay with children and having no hope and having no dignity and so that’s what’s inspired me,’ she says.”
Now, it’s your turn! In the comments below, share the name of an inspiring mom you know and a little about why she’s inspiring to you. You could both win a super prize pack for pampering yourselves including Mommy’s Dream Time Gift Set, an Adult Snuzzle, our super plush Blanket & a Tranquil Starfish! (Retail Value: $216)
UPDATE: Congratulations to Lauren and Stephanie who were randomly selected as our big winners! Thanks to everyone who participated; we loved reading about the moms that inspire you. You are ALL amazing!
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