In my professional career, Women’s History Month has always been about politics—electing more Democratic women to office, fighting for access to reproductive freedom, and defeating candidates who don’t value women’s rights.
But this year, for me, Women’s History Month is about mothers: moms who are influencing our leaders to take action against gun violence. Moms who are getting organized—first online, but ultimately in town halls, state legislatures, and within the halls of Congress. These are the women who are standing up to the NRA and making sure their voices are heard by their representatives, some of them for the first time, to demand action to keep our kids safe. They’re pushing for commonsense proposals, like fixing a broken background check system to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, eliminating high-capacity magazines, and curtailing access to assault and other military-style weapons that don’t belong on the same streets America’s youth play on.
One South Carolina mom organized a rally at the Columbia statehouse, bringing together victims, teachers, and parents to ask for simple, sensible changes. And the Washington Post recently wrote about a mom in North Dakota who, on her own, by walking around her community, very carefully started a conversation about reasonable solutions that would also preserve the 2nd amendment.
These moms are amazing—and humbling. They are determined, passionate, brave—and realistic. They take their kids to the bus stop in the morning, then look for creative ways to urge our leaders, especially Congress, to take action, keeping our kids and communities safe. Moms constitute the core of the grassroots army that is taking on gun violence. And during Women’s History Month, when we remember the women who have made the historical advances we all benefit from, it’s satisfying and comforting for me to think about all the moms I know who are working to make history again.