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5 Ways Mothers Have Changed the World

5 Ways Mothers Have Changed the World
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by Moms Clean Air Force

Here at Moms Clean Air Force, we believe motherhood is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Here are a few (of many) reasons why:



1. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI was founded in 1979 by Harriet Shetler and Beverly Young. For Harriet and Beverly, the inspiration to form the alliance came from their sons, who were both schizophrenic.

Within six months of their first meeting, 75 people had joined. After receiving a newsletter from a similar organization in California, Harriet had the idea to hold a national conference—bringing in 250 attendees, including many mental health professionals. At the conclusion of the conference, a national group had been formed, named and financed.

In 1999, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Steven Hyman, called NAMI “the greatest single advocacy force in mental health.”

Today, NAMI has affiliates in every state and more than 1,100 communities.

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11:04AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Sorry, but this "go Moms" thing is a bit weird -- there's a heck of a lot of women out there that do amazing things but don't have to trumpet the fact that they are also mothers. Kudos to these particular women who have created or inspired these good causes, but the "Moms are more special" thing is just annoying and smug.

Can't we just celebrate the achievements of people in general?

6:12AM PST on Dec 7, 2011


11:00PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Yes,listen to your Mommy. Sometimes,even when she's wrong, she's right!..

10:36PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

when mothers get better watch out....

8:30PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Women are the hope of the future; it's their compassion, caring, nurturing and creative natures that will eventually be critical in turning things around on this planet.

That's why I get sad when I see young women 'fighting' for the right to be in the front line of warfare. We need your female wisdom, not more of the testosterone fed insanity that creates wars. But I'm also for freedom of choice and against gender bias, so I guess if that floats your boat, you should be entitled to follow that path. We miss you, though.

5:54PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Proud to be a mom.

12:25PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Mom's are the best advocate a child could ever have.

12:21PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

YAY -- Moms RIULE!

12:17PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Thanks for this.
Women are strong, smart and get things done.

11:33AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Unless women start organizing to fight climate change, then all these other so-called changes won't amount to anything. Social progress is only possible if the people are still alive.

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