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5 Ways Mothers Have Changed the World

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5. BPA in Baby Bottles

Any first visit to the pediatrician with your newborn can be overwhelming, but would you ever think it could lead to a national movement? It did for Joanie Whitman in 2006.

During her first visit to the pediatrician with her newborn son, Joanie was advised to use only glass bottles, in order to avoid exposing her son to estrogen that leached from plastic. Skeptical about the doctor’s advice, Joanie called her sister, and retired nurse Alicia Voorhies for more information. Alicia and Joanie soon learned that the advice given by the pediatrician was not only correct, but quite alarming. Armed with this newfound information, each sister proceeded to call a couple friends, who called their friends. And so on.

Within two years after the BPA conversation started among moms, the entire U.S. baby bottle supply (millions of bottles) was completely reconfigured—showing just how powerful mom-to-mom word of mouth communication can be!

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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

thanks

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 mad...you 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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