11 Best Moments for Moms in 2014

Judy Dutton | Dec 30, 2014 Parenting News

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2014 was quite a year for moms. And since it can be easy to forget those highlights when you're chasing around your kids, here's a reminder of all the moments over the past year that made us shout, "Woohoo!"

Did you ever think #9 could even happen?


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  • Tearjerking Ad Pays Tribute to Moms


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    For the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Proctor & Gamble put together an ad thanking moms for a simple yet unforgettable act: picking up their kids when they fall. The video, which shows a mash-up of moms rescuing their kids from babyhood on up to the Olympics, went insanely viral for good reason: it's all but impossible to watch without getting teary and marveling at how this simple gesture has lifelong effects down the road.

  • Jared Leto's Oscar Speech Honors Mom


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    At the Academy Awards this year, Jared Leto's Oscar speech was a win for all moms. The actor, who brought his mom as his date and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club, started off his speech by talking about a young high-school dropout, pregnant with her second child, who struggled to make a better life for her kids. He said, "She encouraged her kids to be creative and work hard and do something special. That girl was my mother and she’s here tonight. I just want to say, 'I love you mom, thank you for teaching me to dream.'" Awwwww ...

  • 'World's Toughest Job' Ad Has Surprising Twist


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    When one company posted an ad for the "World's Toughest Job" claiming that this "Director of Operations" would have to work 24 hours a day and that the position was unpaid, the applicants were understandably put off. That is, until they learned that the ad was fake and that this "job" was already held by billions of women already: good old mom. What made this stunt so significant was that it painted in clear, dollars-and-cents terms just how arduous -- and thankless! -- the task of motherhood can be. And that probably made many of us a bit for grateful for all that they do. Without moms, our economy would truly grind to a halt.

  • Mom Convinces Lands' End to Make Science T-Shirts for Girls


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    New Jersey mom Lisa Ryder's 9-year-old daughter loved science; only when flipping through a Lands' End catalog, they noticed the science-themed T-shirts were exclusively in the boys' section. So Ryder posted a passionate letter criticizing the company for gender stereotyping; Lands' End responded by saying they'd make these shirts gender-neutral. And we love that, since it not only paves the way for girl science whizzes everywhere, but shows that one mom's voice can make a difference!

  • Working Moms Win Time & Place to Pump


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    In August, working moms who want to breastfeed scored a long overdue victory: a new provision in the Affordable Care Act underscored a long-standing rule that companies must give female employees a time and place to express milk for babies. For any mom who doesn't want to sacrifice breastfeeding her baby to her career (or vice versa), that's amazing news.

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  • Moms Remove Guns From Target


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    In June, the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America rallied over 400,000 Americans to sign a petition urging Target to discourage customers from bringing guns into their stores. A month later, the department store chain caved to these demands -- as have Starbucks, Chipotle, Facebook, and other companies -- and asked customers to keep their guns at home. Moms Demand Action also helped pass new laws this year to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers in six states (Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Louisiana, and Vermont). We are moms, hear us roar!

  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Get Married -- And Let Their Kids Steal the Show


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    Who can forget how Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt finally got hitched? But what really made this event so memorable was how they put their six kids center stage in the process -- as flower girls, ring bearers, cake bakers, dress decorators, vow writers, and even as down-the-aisle escorts to the bride. It was so sweet and such a tribute to that selfless gene in moms that loves to see kids shine rather than steal the spotlight on their own.

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  • Facebook Changes Breastfeeding Photo Policy


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    In May, Facebook removed its stringent restrictions around showing photos of nursing moms on their site. In the past, any pic showing a breast with a child not actively nursing was considered a violation; now they agree that is "breastfeeding is natural and beautiful." Now that's progress. (That said, the site's ban on showing water birth pics shows there's still room for improvement.)

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  • Baby Born From First Womb Transplant


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    In October, a 36-year-old woman in Sweden became the first mom in history to give birth to a baby conceived and carried in a transplanted uterus. The woman received the donated uterus from a 61-year-old family friend, delivered by C-section, and named her son "Vincent" because the name means "to conquer." And how.

  • Mom Sets Record for Most Breast Milk Pumped


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    In August, Alyse Ogletree broke the Guinness World Record for pumping breast milk, expressing and donating 414 gallons to a milk bank in Texas. That's 130 ounces a day, enough to feed oodles of babies -- and to bring some much-needed attention to fact that breast milk donation saves babies' lives.

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  • Companies Pay for Egg Freezing


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    Women who feel torn between pursuing a family and a career breathed a little easier this year when Facebook and Apple announced that they'd start paying for egg-freezing and other elective fertility treatments for their employees. Many women applauded this job perk because it freed them up to focus on their work without worrying that they might be forfeiting the chance to have kids. Now, women are a tiny bit closer to truly having it all!

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