Mothers are powerful, especially when we are united.
On March 8th, 2018, International Women's Day, Mindr and the United Nations Foundation's Global Moms Challenge are co-hosting the World's Biggest Mama Meetup, and we want you to be a part of it! We're calling on mamas around the world to come together, wherever you are, and share in a global conversation about how we can make the world better for all moms, and how moms can make the world better for everyone.
Here's how you get involved.
- Spread the word. Share the #MAMAMEET2018 video and encourage all the mamas in your life to get involved!
- Plan your meet-up. Are you a mama? Become a #MAMAMEET2018 Ambassador by planning a gathering (online or off, with one friend or one hundred!), or join a planned meetup. Are you an organization or group? Plan an event in your workspace or with your network. Love mamas and unsure how to become involved? We need you, too! Host or join a meetup and play an important role in this global movement.
- Tell us how you're going to participate using the hashtag #MAMAMEET2018.
- Meet! Around the world, we'll all be meeting up on March 8th and being part of to a global #MAMAMEET2018 conversation about how mamas can harness our power to lead the way to a better future. If you're in NYC, join the flagship event at the United Nations.
- Be counted. Share photos and experiences using #MAMAMEET2018 or by email, and tell us how many people were in your group and what you discussed. We'll add you to the tally for the World's Biggest Mama Meetup!
"Moms are strong, powerful, and we have more at stake than anyone else in creating a brighter future. That's why I can't wait to be a part of the World's Biggest Mama Meetup."
“My mother has always been my biggest fan and critic. She never minces her words when advising me, and I hope I will nurture my daughter in the same way. Being a young single mother in rural Tanzania is not easy. My mother made me realize that I could be anything I want if I worked for it. Today I am a coffee farmer and able to take care of my own daughter.”
"I believe when you wake up a mother, you wake up the world. It’s a ripple effect without limits – for families, communities and nations. I’ve talked to hundreds of mothers from all over the world and I’ve learned we all ultimately want the same things for our children - a decent education, safety, a chance at a good life. We have to find ways to do that together. "
"Mothers are thought of as carers and nurturers, and we are - but we're also intellectuals, professionals, creatives, civic participants and changemakers. The World's Biggest Mama Meetup recognizes and celebrates all of these identities."
“The Founding Moms is thrilled to be a part of The World’s Biggest Mama Meetup. We'll be meeting up in 62+ cities around the world. We help moms build better businesses, and we believe that there is no better way to empower women than meeting up.”
"Why are mothers powerful? Because nothing is more fierce than a mom on a mission."
"Mothers are the souls of their families. The hands of a mother raise a nation."
"Moms are powerful because they have more invested in a better tomorrow than any other population group.”
"Moms are powerful because we do it all: we nurture, plan, parent, work, support and lead. Together, we are a fierce army for change!"
"What makes mothers powerful is the level of sacrifice they commit to the family. Mothers are the undeniable heart of the home."
"Moms are powerful because we are everywhere - in every country on the planet. We make hard decisions, do hard things on behalf of our children, every, single day. It is important to bring moms, from all over the world, together so we can witness and feel that power and not feel alone. Not to mention that moms get things DONE."
"Moms are literally shaping the future through the way we love and raise our children. I want to make the world a better place for my daughter, but more importantly I want to raise her to be smart, kind, and strong, so that she can fight for an even better world for herself and others."
"Mothering is about caring and learning and teaching and changing. It is often marked by disadvantage and marginality. But it is also shaped by solidarity and continuous lesson-sharing. Bringing mothers together grows our collective intelligence, and can nurture our capacity for compassion."
"Our core philosophy at Nibble + Squeak is that there's nothing more powerful than a community of parents. We're proud to be bringing people together around the world as part of the World's Biggest Mama Meetup."
"When you create a space for mothers to connect to their holistic sense of self, you transform motherhood from being an experience of isolated self-sacrifice to a collective movement of growth and fulfillment."
"When mothers gather together, magic happens and it goes beyond networking. It’s a meeting of like minds with one thing in common. We are mothers. Mothers are super heroes!"
"In the UK, we are currently celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage. A change that came about because women, many of them mothers, came together to make a stand. For me, the World's Biggest Mama Meetup is about remembering that we have the power to change the world."
"The emotional strength of women and mothers is exponentially more powerful when we unite as a group. We must take advantage of our power in community whenever these changes arise - and #MAMAMEET2018 is one such great opportunity - because it is within these moments when amazing things happen."
"I am more tenacious and entrepreneurial since I had children. I am more driven to make a meaningful impact on the world with my work. I am more resilient and more patient. I am able to let go of the attachment to a final outcomes, and enjoy the process of working towards the outcome - to take pleasure and
pride in the journey itself."
"Connecting with other moms is important because there's power in community. Having a support system is a big part of creating your own success."
"The World's Biggest Mama Meetup is an important way to create communities of mothers who can work together and support each other towards creating change."
" Mothers are the first and most powerful influence on our children because we define the world to them and shape their personalities."
"As a single mother by choice, I know moms are powerful because we don't ever question if things can get done; we don't have time for that!"
"There is nothing more powerful than mothers and their will to build better futures for their families and ultimately the world. I see it in my mom, my grandmas, my aunts, and mothers everywhere. Just imagine the amazing things that will happen when we help lift up their voices and support their commitment to creating change."
"When it comes to moms, the actions are simple: come together, share stories, hold sacred space… and watch inspiration come to life! We have so much power individually and collectively. Let’s harness it and put all of our great energy to good use!”
"A mother’s love is truly incomparable. It’s the purest form of affection. With the love of a mother, no mountain is insurmountable."
"Why are moms powerful? I've never herd of anyone else being a walking incubator, source of nutrition, lover, warrior, and nurturer. Universally, motherhood (be it by natural or alternative methods), shape and create a mother. We not longer serve ourselves, we learn to love and cultivate something much greater than who we used to be. We literally create the future of tomorrow."
"Mamas are able to run on pure love and hope for our children. We are made to withstand and endure anything and everything for them and their future. Pregnancy, child birth and breastfeeding are no joke - and I am slowly learning that those three things are just the beginning."
"I’m thrilled to be a part of #MAMAMEET2018. It’s so important to nurture the nurturers, and to have a forum where we can stand together and our challenges, successes and concerns can be shared. I, personally, have never felt more 'fierce' since I became a first-time mom 18 months ago."
"We, as mothers, refuse to let life conquer us, or to allow others to define who we are or what we strive to accomplish. We are wholeheartedly the epitome of strength, courage and wisdom."
What should we discuss?
Whether you meet one friend for coffee, or host an event for hundreds of mamas and those who love them, we invite your group to have a conversation about some of the big issues facing mamas today, like:
- Access to the right care for a safe and healthy pregnancy
- Our beautiful earth and how its changing climate is impacting women and girls
- The #MeToo movement and how to make workplaces and neighborhoods safe for all
- How educational opportunities can empower women and girls
- Ways to fight the "motherhood penalty" in the workplace, and get mothers into boardrooms and onto ballots
- Fostering innovation by and for women and girls
- How the Sustainable Development Goals are supporting women and girls to thrive
Where are meetups happening?
Everywhere! Here's where we know there are meetups already planned. Contact us to let us know about your meetup or connect to an existing one.
Adelaide - Atlanta - Austin - Bangkok - Beijing - Berlin - Boston - Boulder - Brazil - Brisbane - Canberra - Cape Town - Charleston - Chicago - Cincinnati - Connecticut - Dallas - Denver - Des Moines - Detroit - Edmonton - Fort Lauderdale - Guangzhou - Guatemala - Ho Chi Minh City - Hong Kong - Houston - Indianapolis - Istanbul - Kansas City - Krakow - Lagos - London - Los Angeles - Memphis - Melbourne - Mexico - Miami - Munich - New Jersey - New York - Newcastle - Omaha - Orange County - Paris - Perth - Philadelphia - Phoenix - Pittsburgh - Salt Lake City - San Diego - San Francisco - Seattle - Shanghai - Shenzen - Silicon Valley - St. Louis - Sweden - Sydney - Toronto - Twin Cities - Washington, D.C.