14 Badass Moms Who Prove Motherhood & Activism Go Hand-in-Hand

Tanvier Peart | Jul 21, 2016 Good News
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  • Eve Megargel

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    To say Eve Megargel is passionate about the autism community would be an understatement. Mother to Billy (Eve's nonverbal and severely autistic son), Megargel has dedicated the last two decades to finding ways to help him become an independent communicator. Needless to say, it paid off. Thanks to Mom's help, Billy paints, loves composing music, and can show you a thing or two as a yogi. Eve is now a part of Voice Colors® Communication Resource Model that empowers those on the autism spectrum to develop and strengthen methods of communicating that, in turn, make social interactions more practical and easier. (Its educational programs also equip parents and caregivers with tools needed to bridge the gap.) In addition, Eve created the Autism Care Questionnaire for the Massachusetts General Hospital, as many professionals in the medical field don't often know how to properly communicate with patients and parents with a child on the autism spectrum.

  • Prebble Ramswell

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    Prebble Ramswell is a wonderful reminder to moms everywhere that you can make a difference. Living in Destin, Florida, for three years, Prebble (mother to 10-year-old Briar) knew she had to get involved in her community. "I have always been someone who preferred to act rather than stand by and wait on others to find solutions. One thing that became abundantly clear to me after moving to Destin was the fact that so many people were desperately seeking change but felt powerless to do anything to see that change come to fruition," Ramswell tells CafeMom. With years of experience serving as a community volunteer and working for the CIA under her belt, Prebble decided to throw her hat in the race for city council, and won. "In a field of eight, I was the only female and faced an incumbent and two former councilmen, but succeeded in winning the election," she proudly states. 

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  • Rixys Alfonso

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    When doctors gave Rixys Alfonso's son, Devin, a terminal diagnosis at age 2, this mom immediately sprang into action. Now 19, Devin, who lives with Sprengel's deformity (or complex congenital malposition of the shoulder blade), continues to surpass all expectations. Meeting with US senators and representatives, Alfonso was not only able to get Florida Medicaid to pay for her son's treatment, but she also championed bills that enabled the creation of medical devices to save the lives of children with rare disorders. And if that's not awesome enough, Rixys started #CauseMovers, a movement that empowers parents and leaders to create partnerships that will effect change.

  • Carla Charter

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    Sometimes, the best way to effect change is to influence policy -- and that's exactly what Carla Charter is doing. The Massachusetts mom currently has a bill at the state capitol that would designate autism on drivers licenses and identification cards (of course, on a voluntary basis). "The idea for this bill [Massachusetts State House Mass S.2178] came after our state passed a law requiring emergency personnel to be educated in autism," Charter tells CafeMom. "While I applauded the law educating the personnel on autism, I also realized there is no one autistic look or behavior. I am hoping if my bill passes that this will help build a bridge that will help lower the chance of misunderstandings between police and autistic community."


  • Samantha Pree-Stinson

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    Samantha Pree-Stinson is a wife, mom of three, and retired army veteran (she was a medical SGT who spent 14 months in Afghanistan with her company -- 3 BDE 710th BSB out for Fort Drum, New York). Now she does everything she can to bring members of her Minneapolis community together -- including organizing meetings to discuss tough issues, like race and policy, and how to make the city better for everyone. Fearful at times for her 16-year-old son's well-being, Samantha has become a cultivator of conversation and continues to challenge others to unite in a time of fear and division. "When we have strong communities, we are empowered to build on that strength, more likely to grow together, and most importantly know how to engage change instead of react to it negatively," Pree-Stinson tells CafeMom. We couldn't agree more.

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  • Courtney Williams

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    When Courtney Williams discovered a natural gas company was planning to expand a pipeline that would be less than one-tenth of a mile from her daughter's elementary school, the mom of two knew she had to do something. Concerned about possible ruptures -- and close proximity to a controversial nuclear plant -- Williams started hosting community meetings in her living room. Fast-forward two years and the Princeton PhD (Courtney has a doctorate in molecular biology) continues to work alongside town officials in Peekskill, New York, for the sake of environmental justice. Williams cofounded SEnRG (Safe Energy Rights Group), an organization that works with cities impacted by the pipeline expansion across states and helps fund their legal battles. Courtney has also been influential in creating ResistAIM, a peaceful community group that works to cease pipeline construction.

  • Chrissy Bernal

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    Chrissy Bernal is a mother who hopes her Equal Restroom Access for Little People Movement will inspire change, both in public facilities and the hearts of everyone. After hearing women make fun of one of her twin girls, who was born with primordial dwarfism (a rare disorder), inside a public bathroom, Bernal realized her daughter Sienna would need assistance washing her hands and accessing items like soap and paper towels when she wasn't at home. Thus far, Chrissy has been able to influence changes in major stores and airports and hopes more changes will come to make life easier for those with Sienna's condition.

  • Sherri Reuland

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    There's nothing more powerful than a mom on a mission. Dr. Reuland is a mom of two who hopes to inspire others to make life for veterans and active military easier. Inspired after reading Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor, Dr. Reuland felt like she needed to do more for those who dedicate their lives to protecting this country. Putting her head together with four friends, the Texas women eventually created the Boot Campaign, a nonprofit that raises awareness about challenges men and women in service might face -- and provides financial assistance to support military families. 

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  • Sharene Wood

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    When it comes to Sharene Wood and her beloved Harlem, New York -- this mom is all in. Juggling family life and being a business owner, Sharene always makes time to stay involved in her community -- as a Black Women for Black Girls board member, as a Boys & Girls Club of Harlem advisory board member, and with her involvement in other notable organizations. Wood's family-owned Harlem Haberdashery boutique (Sharene runs it with her husband, Guy) even hosts community events, including #Feed500, a neighborhood effort to feed and give back to those less fortunate in Harlem. Yup, Sharene is pretty awesome.

  • Dena Patton

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    It's no secret that women are underrepresented in STEM industries. Hoping to make a change is Dena Patton, cofounder and CEO of the Girls Rule Foundation, an Arizona organization that helps young girls become influential leaders and find their voice in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Patton's foundation promotes a series of programs -- including workshops and a summer camp -- that both educates and empowers girls, ages 12 to 18. A mother of a 9-year-old daughter, Dena Patton is living proof that dreams of effecting change in your community can come to fruition.

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  • Yvette Colbourne

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    Working as a public administrator for 30 years, Yvette Colbourne made the decision to take her passion for community service to the next level by winning the election to become commissioner in Miramar, Florida. A mom of two now-adult children, Yvette spent years balancing home life and college with activism. (Colbourne is the founder of the Florida Panamanian Cultural Association and served as vice chair of the Economic Development Advisory Board, along with other positions.)

  • Eulynn Gargano

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    Eulynn Gargano is a proud mother of three who is working to make a difference in her community. Serving on the board of directors for the Junior League of Orange County, Gargano also serves as the community director who continues to impact youth in her surrounding neighborhoods. Recently, Eulynn began lobbying in California's capital alongside the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee. The goal is to review and influence legislation with lawmakers that will empower youth throughout the entire state.

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