It's time to take motherhood seriously.
For too long, the issues that women, children and families face have been treated as less important. The responsibilities of motherhood considered a departure from “real” work. The duties of family life the problem of those who chose to have children. The health of women, children and families less important than other government priorities.
These challenges are not new—as our Annual State of Motherhood Survey shows—and the pandemic is shining a brighter light as mothers struggle to pay bills, manage households, homeschool children and keep themselves and others healthy—all by themselves, all at the same time.
The pandemic broke mothers. It shattered fragile mental health. It forced mothers out of the workforce in the millions. It laid bare centuries of racial and gender inequality.
It also showed us what the future could be. We have seen that there is a way to radically empower mothers in our post-pandemic world. We have seen a global movement to finally confront racial inequality. Today, mothers may feel broken, but their resilience is stronger than the struggle. And since moms are the ultimate innovators [hello, they invented people!], they won’t rest until they’ve left things better than they found it. Motherhood is transforming before our eyes. We have the power to make it better for ourselves, for our children and our children's children.
Mothers today are doing enough. It's time for everyone else—our communities, our corporations, our government, our partners—to finally do their share. We call on leaders at all levels—from the government to employers in our communities to take action to help mothers go from surviving motherhood to thriving in motherhood.
Research suggests America’s mothers are the most stressed moms in the western world. We are parenting under intense and incompatible cultural pressures and doing way more than our fair share of unpaid work while increasingly serving as household breadwinners.
Today’s mothers are stressed out and burned out and deserve better. Today’s mothers are better educated than any generation before, working more than ever before, and our governmental policies, corporate governance, and culture have not adjusted to provide the support needed to ensure mamas and families thrive. We stand with and for America’s mothers, not a political party, and advocate for solutions that will reduce maternal stress and benefit women, families, and the country.