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: If you read Jenny Lawson’s hilarious blog, The Bloggess, you know that she uses her social media powers for good in more ways than one. Lawson writes openly about her struggles with anxiety and depression to help combat the stigma of mental health. In fact, she won a 2012 Health Activist Award from WEGO Health for it. And in 2010, after writing that she planned to donate 20 gift cards to needy families during the holidays and urging her readers to help out if they could, Jenny ended up raising $40,000 that was donated to more than 400 families. She was also named one of Babble’s Top 100 Mom Bloggers.
Why we love her: We like pretty much everything she does, but one of our favorites is her Traveling Red Dress project. Jenny knows that sometimes, you can’t help others until you help yourself. In turn, she has been sharing a dramatic red ball gown she received from a friend with other women who could use some empowerment. Now, women all over the country are donating red dresses to each other as a sign of encouragement. Oh, and her first book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, is on the New York Times bestseller list — so there’s that.