Working on everything from domestic violence to AIDS awareness to mental health and pro-family policies, most of these social media mavens started with a single idea that grew into so much more. They’ve created non-profit organizations, planned charitable events, and served as forum leaders and policy changers — all while empowering their readers to act. In between chronicling their kids’ field trips and flu shots on their own personal blogs, these parents still find the time to speak out on social issues, raise awareness, reduce stigma, and, ultimately, save lives. They’re simply inspiring.
There is so much good happening in the social media space today that it was nearly impossible to limit our list to just 25 parents. Because of this, Babble chose the following 25 parents as examples of the kind of amazing job many of you are doing when it comes to using social media to champion causes in your communities. We have not ranked these parents, as they — and you — are all wonderful in their own right.
Without further ado, here are Babble’s top 25 parent bloggers who are changing the world through social media, listed in alphabetical order. We hope you find inspiration in what they do, and feel emboldened to go out and make your own change in the world. — Babble Editors
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Who she is: Chrysula chronicles her social good adventures on her blog, When You Wake Up A Mother. Her motto? “… Because when you wake up a mother, you wake up the world.” Passionate about connectedness and the power of social media to foster mobilization, Chrysula can likely be found wherever mothers are banding together in a united front. She has managed social good campaigns like the UN Foundation’s Shot At Life, which promotes immunizations for children in developing countries, and the Million Moms Challenge, a partnership between ABC News and the UN Foundation to engage a million American mothers in issues important to moms around the world, like safety in childbirth.
Why we love her: If Chrysula’s mesmerizing Australian accent doesn’t get you, her commitment to promoting the needs of mothers around the world will. While she knows “social media action doesn’t replace hands-on advocacy,” she summarizes its benefit perfectly: “Awareness is the gateway drug and social media is the perfect ignition point.” We heartily agree.