by Rebecca Trotzky Sirr
The first United States Social Forum in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2007 brought over ten thousand community organizers and leaders together to build a vision for a world based in real justice and democracy. Young people and children played a strong and visible role. Girl-Mom and our allied sister organizations... Find Out More
Girl-Mom Says: "You CAN Afford Daycare!"
Daycare bills suck. Why not look into a child care subsidy program? Most subsidies provide assistance for parents who are working, going to school, or both. Single mothers and student mothers especially benefit from subsidy programs, which either pay the entire cost of daycare tuition or a large... Find Out More
Cheri Honkala and KWRU: Poverty Warriors
by Emily Lauer
Cheri Honkala has high aspirations. She is leading a battle for
economic human rights for all people worldwide. Honkala is the director of
the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the National spokesperson for the
Economic Human Rights Campaign.... Find Out More
by Elisabeth Pruden
Nothing changes someone's opinion of you quicker than revealing to them you've had an abortion. Some people are genuinely curious about your experience, and respect your right to control your own body as well as your own destiny.
Others, (and in my experience these "others" constitute the... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."