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: Gina started the blog What About Our Daughters to, in her words, “… use economic power to impose sanctions on those who are producing destructive images of black women and girls.” She calls out those in her own community, like Chris Brown and Black Entertainment Television, whenever she sees misogyny, sexual violence, and negative representations of black women. She is also the founder of the Blogging While Brown Conference, a social media conference for bloggers of color. In 2007, she was named one of Essence magazine’s 25 most influential African-American digital-media content creators.
Why we love her: Gina, who calls herself the BlogMother, is fierceness personified. She’s perfectly comfortable going after the bigwigs, whether they’re celebrities, magazine publishers, television networks — or their advertisers — and she gets results. We also love that she continually uses her platform to speak for black, female victims of violence who are often not mentioned by the media.