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?