In a poll of American mothers released today, most named education reform as the top issue for the next president to address to improve their children’s lives. Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has the most support of the surveyed moms.
“Congress must become more afraid of the moms than the NRA,” says leading gun-control proponent Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who likes the looks of this group modeling itself on MADD, the impassioned mother’s lobby against drunk driving.
Becoming a mom meant being taken less seriously in political circles, says Joanne Bamberger in her book “Mothers of Intention.” But the Internet has given mothers another outlet to share their political voice.
Scandinavian nations continue to dominate the annual healthy motherhood rankings by Save the Children. This year Niger came in last, just behind Afghanistan. The United States rose six spots because of girls’ access to education, not better health.
Cameroon has pledged to reduce its maternal deaths by 75 percent from 1990 levels, but compared with that year, more women are now dying. Last year the government joined a regional campaign to accelerate progress on this key development goal.
A July highway accident in New York killed eight, including the daughter and three nieces of the woman at the wheel. She was apparently drunk. “Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore” chronicles another mother’s descent into alcoholism.