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: Katherine took her own devastating experience with postpartum depression and turned it into the blog Postpartum Progress, the leading resource for women who experience mental illness during pregnancy and childbirth. In 2011, she started a nonprofit organization to expand her work beyond the blog in hopes of increasing awareness and changing policy. Katherine also lends her voice to other women’s health and empowerment issues, including serving as a community leader for the UN Foundation’s Million Moms Challenge. Moreover, she has been named one of the Fiercest Women in America by More magazine, a Health Hero by WebMD, and one of Babble’s Top 100 Mom Bloggers.
Why we love her: Katherine is all about the mamas. She’s not ashamed to take a taboo topic like postpartum depression and fiercely shout about it from the rooftops so that others like her can get the help they need. Plus, according to Alexa.com, a web information company, Katherine’s blog now has more traffic than any other website dedicated to maternal mental health, thanks in part to Postpartum Progress’ dynamic community of moms on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere who contribute to her site and help spread the word.