Does it Take a Mom to Change the World?
It only takes a quick glance at Babble's list of '100 Moms Who Are Changing The World' to see that moms are leaders in the areas of activism, charity, philanthropy, and the like. Are mothers more likely to want to make the world a better place? Are mothers uniquely inclined because they have a greater investment in the future, because they have deeply felt points of connection with other mothers, because they are just that much more worried about the world that they've brought their children into — to get involved in causes and campaigns for change? Whether it's fighting for improvements to global maternal health or working to eliminate maternal transmission of HIV or leading the charge to protests against war or raising awareness of toxins in sippy cups — mothers seem to always be out on the front lines of the battle for greater social good. So, is there something about becoming a mother — becoming a parent — that makes us more passionate and active about changing the world? Or does making this discussion about mothers — and not, say, women, or even just humans — do us a disservice? Does it reduce our philanthropic passions to a biological or emotional impulse?
— Catherine Connors, Moderator
QUESTION 1
Did becoming a mother cause you to become more concerned about making the world a better place? More involved? More activist? If so, why do you think that is?
I absolutely believe that becoming a mother made me more concerned about the world in ways I had never considered before. I instantly felt connected to the billions of other parents who are thrown into the fire of a newborn's first few months. Those  …
The Spohrs are Multiplying
In a word, yes. I always wanted to be this great crusader who helped build world peace, but I was always going to "do it tomorrow." When my oldest daughter was born she was hospitalized for ten weeks, and the people that did the most for my mental state  …
Threadbare Theory
Absolutely not. Initially. Once the first of my three children was born, my world focused down to little more than the space around his little body. Society could have gone up in flames for all I cared, I just needed to figure out how to do right  …
Chookooloonks
I've always had a somewhat global worldview:  since I come from a small island in the Caribbean and immigrated to the United States as a pre-teen, it was hard for me not to.  Furthermore, my parents have always been people who have cared about working  …
Pundit Mom
The short answer is "yes" and it's one of the things that motivated me to start writing about these issues and to create PunditMom blog, as well as my book Mothers of Intention.  As a longtime journalist who majored in political science in college,  …

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