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 they are: In 2006, these two moms co-founded MomsRising, an online grassroots project that focuses on issues like paid maternity leave, flexible work hours, fair wages, healthcare for children, and more. They believe that America’s working families deserve better, and they’ve gathered the support of more than one million people to speak out about these issues and affect policy. In 2011, Forbes.com named MomsRising one of the Top 100 Websites for Women — for the second year in a row.
Why we love them: What parent wouldn’t? Joan and Kristin use the collective lobbying power of their members to push for guaranteed paid sick days for parents, convince retail outlets to stop carrying toxic toys, and make it easier for breastfeeding moms to pump at work.