The Vote Mama Foundation was founded to overcome the structural and cultural hurdles that mothers face while running for office and that legislators face while fighting for family-friendly legislation.
We are working to ensure that all parents and children in the United States have access to safe, affordable childcare and that candidates running in all 50 states can use their campaign funds for childcare..
Founded by former Congressional candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley, The Vote Mama Foundation belongs to a group of organizations dedicated to making our country a better place for moms and kids.
HELPING MAMAS RUN FOR OFFICE
The Vote Mama Foundation trains mothers to run for office. By the time American women are 44 years old, 86% of us are mothers. Yet, less than 5% of people in Congress are mothers with school-aged children. If we aren’t supporting mothers running for office, we aren’t supporting the vast majority of American women.
CAMPAIGN FUNDS FOR CHILDCARE
The Vote Mama Foundation is working to overcome the structural and cultural hurdles that mothers face while running for office and that legislators face while fighting for family-friendly legislation. We are working with candidates to petition their state and local election commissions, and with legislators to introduce and pass legislation to approve the use of campaign funds for childcare for state and local candidates. 17 states have now approved this, and we are working to pass campaign funds for childcare in all 50 states.
97% of military childcare programs have been independently accredited, versus just 10% of civilian programs, and just 1% of family childcare centers. In 1989, the Military Child Care Act established strict childcare standards for all military programs that greatly exceed requirements for civilian childcare. The Vote Mama Foundation is working to make sure that all American children have access to affordable quality care.
As a country, we're losing $500 billion annually because of the lack of family-friendly workplace policies.
We're going to change that.