After many years of juggling a varied caseload, I decided to trade in my lawyer hat to wear another hat that has taken on assorted roles including mother, blogger, speaker, consultant and most recently activist.
What I didn’t realize when I traded in that hat was that I would find a newfound passion for activism in an area that wasn’t on my radar when I was practicing law. Becoming a mother opened up a new door for me. Studies have shown that when we become mothers our impulse to love and protect our children is hard-wired into our brain. It’s innate and we become unstoppable when it comes to our children. As mothers we lobby on behalf of our children on a daily basis for issues large and small. We have a voice – it’s a collective voice that can be used in a very powerful way to effectuate change.
5 Tips for Becoming a Mom Activist
1. Discover your passion and your cause.
As a mother you have influence that’s not to be forgotten. Perhaps you have a personal situation that has driven your passion, or maybe you read something that tugged at your heartstrings. Whatever it is, make it your own and use your voice to drive change.
2. Use your voice to speak for those who can’t.
Children are one example of those who aren’t able to speak for themselves. It becomes our responsibility as mothers to speak up and advocate on their behalf. It starts with our own children, but can extend far beyond to all children.
3. Let your wallet do the talking.
As mothers, we control a large portion of the marketplace. We tend to buy the groceries, clothing and many other things that support our households. A simple way to take a stance is to shift your spending habits to support causes you believe in.
4. Join forces and spread the word.
Passion is contagious. Spread the word among your family and friends and see if they’re receptive. Start a petition and begin collecting signatures in support of your cause. There’s no question that together we can make a difference.
5. Start here.
Moms Clean Air Force is a perfect starting point for new activists. It’s a national movement of more than 100,000 moms (and dads!) who are who are working together to protect our children’s right to clean air. Please use your VOICE and JOIN MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE!
Photo: Lori Popkewitz Alper