BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS FOR MAMAS
Vote Mama Foundation is the leading source of research and analysis about the political participation of moms. We are breaking barriers moms face while running for office, normalizing moms running for office with young children, and enabling legislators to pass family friendly legislation.
We conduct research about the political participation of mamas and examine the effectiveness of American policies in meeting the needs of working families.
We work to break the institutional barriers moms face while running for office. We provide federal, state, and local legislators and stakeholders with the tools they need to pass family-friendly legislation.
We give voice to the issues that moms are silently facing and identify and bring visibility to the solutions that working families need.
It's time to fund childcare as a public good.
We are working with legislators and stakeholders across the country to build a national movement to pass Universal Childcare, but we cannot do it without also addressing quality.
More than half of Americans live in childcare deserts. Lack of access to childcare is a major barrier to class mobility.
Issues We Care About
Campaign Funds for Childcare
Campaign Funds for Childcare is a vital resource for parents running for office and can help us get closer to achieving gender equity in politics. In 2018, our Founder and CEO, Liuba Grechen Shirley, petitioned the Federal Election Commission and became the first woman to receive federal approval to spend Campaign Funds on Childcare. Vote Mama Foundation is working to expand the FEC ruling to all 50 states by 2025. We are the only organization helping state candidates petition their election commissions and working with legislators to introduce and pass legislation to approve the use of Campaign Funds for Childcare for state and local candidates.
CAN CANDIDATES USE CAMPAIGN FUNDS FOR CHILDCARE IN YOUR STATE?
Politics of Parenthood
Mothers of minor children comprise an all-but-unexplored research population that is critical to understand, not just as a subpopulation of women, but as a distinct population in its own right that is integral to a well-functioning government and to achieving gender equity in politics. Vote Mama Foundation is the only organization tracking the number of mothers with young children serving in state legislatures throughout the country and has produced the only publicly available dataset of the full demographics of all women and nonbinary state legislators in the U.S.