that mothers have historically wielded serious political and cultural clout. To wit, we’ve rounded up 7 mom organizations whose influence rivals the Masons, or Oprah Winfrey. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom (please don’t march on us).
1. WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION
One of the most influential organizations against alcohol in pre-Prohibition America, the WCTU’s newspaper was founded by the original MADD mom – Matilda B. Carse, whose son was killed by a drunk wagon driver in 1874.
2 LA LECHE LEAGUE
3. ANOTHER MOTHER FOR PEACE
Cagney and Lacey and widely supported by the entertainment industry as it lobbied congress against Vietnam and led an unsuccessful boycott against consumer corporations that made weapons. It did, however, succeed in ensuring Hollywood’s perception nationally as a den of liberal agitators.
4. MOTHERS OF THE PLAYA DE MAYO
5. MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING (MADD)
6. MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA