20 Most Influential Moms in Food
For many of us, our mothers are awe inspiring. We see them as a person who can do it all, and we are often right. Moms have this impressive ability to care for the home, heart, and table while juggling their own jobs, friends, and partners. And since we are all convinced our mother is the best mother of all, it is impossible to assign a value to any mom. Whether she is a single parent, in a loving relationship, or a stepmother, her role as a caretaker and nurturer is one that is no more valuable than her fellow mothers.
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But then there are moms who spread that motherly affection and natural talent beyond themselves. They look at the world’s children and wonder what they can do to make their environment a better one to live in. While many moms choose to do this in their own way, we have a particular soft spot for the women who concern themselves with the nutritional value of our children’s lives.
So in honor of Mother’s Day, we set out to find the most influential mothers in the food industry. Since moms are each important in their own way, we felt that ranking their value was somewhat of a futile effort. Instead, we took a look at some of the food industry's most prominent activists, restaurateurs, celebrities, chefs, entrepreneurs, authors, and corporate figureheads who are mothers. We looked at dozens of mothers and considered the several ways they’ve influenced the food industry. Aside from their accomplishments, we took a look at their power ranking, their social reach, their “cool” factor, and how they serve as a “mother to the world,” all while being focused on food and nutrition.
For instance as a mother of four and the world's first female Iron Chef, Cat Cora made it on to our list. We have mothers like Rosalind Brewer, who may not have a celebrity status but does serve as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, which millions of families rely on for the best value for their food. It was a close, but editorial discretion ultimately helped to finalize the list, making leaving off moms like Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers, and Lauren Deen, a longtime food producer, pretty tough.
In taking all of these factors into consideration, we comprised a list of some of the most influential mothers in the food industry in no particular order. And to all of the mothers out there, from the women who taught world renowned chefs how to cook, to the mom that was able to squeeze in a pan of brownies for their kid’s classroom party, we salute you!
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Despite being a Golden Globe nominated actress, Jessica Alba’s greatest accomplishment had almost nothing to do with her acting career. Frustrated by the lack of affordable, natural, and eco-friendly products for babies and the home, Alba co-founded a company with her business partner Christopher Gavigan that would change the way mom’s cared for their little ones. The Honest Company is a business dedicated to helping families raise babies in a healthy environment. While they seem to specialize in housewares, they do offer a line of multivitamins which are 100 percent natural and are derived from wholesome foods for mom and baby. Pretty cool mom, huh?
For Lidia Bastianich, our modern day mother of Italian cuisine, it was always about two things: food and family. This Emmy award-winning TV personality, author, entrepreneur restaurateur, and mother has fostered a vibrant interest and awareness of the passion behind Italian cooking. She has even collaborated with her two children Tanya and Joseph on several food ventures, including her partnership with Joseph in Eataly. In addition to her cookbooks, Bastianich has authored two children’s book, Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen and Lidia’s Family Kitchen: Nonna’s Birthday Surprise. Not only has she contributed massively to the food world, she’s impacted families everywhere with her shows and interests that focus on bringing food and family together.
See the moms that made our list here!
This article was originally published April 30, 2014.
1. Eating Bird Food
Richmond, Virginia, United States About Blog Hi, I'm Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food. I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband, Isaac, our daughter, Olivia, and cute pup. Eating Bird Food simply means eating a wholesome diet focused on real food - without labels. I'm drawn toward plant-based options, but I also eat fish and lean meat so that's the type of recipes you'll find here. Frequency 5 posts / week Since Aug 2010 Also in Virginia Food Blogs Blog eatingbirdfood.com
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2. Richmond Mom Collective
Richmond, Virginia, United States About Blog Richmond Mom Collective is a locally-focused parenting resource for moms and families. Passionate about parenting and our community, Richmond Mom Collective strives to connect area moms to relevant resources, local businesses, can't-miss happenings, and most of all - each other! Follow and connect moms online, as well as offline through our robust events. Frequency 5 posts / quarter Blog richmond.momcollective.com
Facebook fans 4.6K ⋅ Twitter followers 430 ⋅ Social Engagement 3 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 59 ⓘ ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
3. Hip Mama's Place | Food and Lifestyle Blog + How To Start A Blog
Virginia, United States About Blog Hi, I'm Jocelyn. I'm a Northern Virginia-based blogger, wife, and mom of three boys. Hip Mama's Place is a food and lifestyle blog featuring delicious recipes, high-quality product reviews, and a super-easy guide on how to start a blog. Frequency 4 posts / month Since Oct 2007 Blog hipmamasplace.com
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4. Giveaways 4 Mom | Virginia Lifestyle Blog
Newport News, Virginia, United States About Blog Victoria Heckstall is a Hampton Roads, Virginia work at home mom of 3 boys that loves to travel and experience new things. Giveaways 4 Mom, a lifestyle blog where parents can feel like people and interact on topics that are their own personal interests while also having the option of focusing on parenting-related content when they choose. Follow to get updates. Frequency 1 post / week Since Apr 2012 Blog giveaways4mom.com
Facebook fans 8.6K ⋅ Twitter followers 8.1K ⋅ Social Engagement 32 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 37 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 293.6K ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
5. Deb Runs
Virginia, United States About Blog Hi, I'm Debbie, a runner, a personal trainer, and a mom to two young adult sons. I aspire to share my love of fitness through Deb Runs. As a personal trainer and running coach, I enjoy helping others adopt a healthy lifestyle to improve the quality of their lives. Frequency 1 post / week Blog debruns.com
Facebook fans 552 ⋅ Twitter followers 1.3K ⋅ Social Engagement 1 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 32 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 2M ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
6. Traveling with Purpose
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States About Blog Hi, I'm Nancy Hann, an adventurer, a connector of people, a creative spirit, lifelong learner, blogger, and lover of all that is beautiful. Join me as I discover fascinating travel destinations, lifelong learning adventures, and ways to serve others and help the planet while you travel. Frequency 2 posts / quarter Also in Travel Blogs. Blog travelingwithpurpose.com
Facebook fans 451 ⋅ Twitter followers 384 ⋅ Instagram Followers 397 ⋅ Social Engagement 32 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 20 ⓘ ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
7. Cookwith5Kids | Lifestyle Blogger sharing food, cars, travel & tech
Virginia, United States About Blog Sara LaFountain is the owner and creator of the blog Cook With 5 Kids and a busy Mom to 5 kids. They love to cook, play games, travel, watch movies, and make memories and their recipes are easy, healthy, and delicious. Follow to keep up with the latest from this blog. Frequency 1 post / month Blog cookwith5kids.com
Facebook fans 4.2K ⋅ Twitter followers 16K ⋅ Social Engagement 4 ⋅ Domain Authority 30 ⋅ Alexa Rank 909.6K View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
8. The Mommy Cooler | Tales of A Transplanted New Yorker and Mommy's Life in Virginia
Yorktown, Virginia, United States About Blog Hello, I'm Bernadette. I had a great career in the health field, but now enjoying life with a great husband and a stay at home mom to two wonderful kids. Subscribe to get the latest updates from The Mommy Cooler, a lifestyle blog sharing real stories on what families need to know, local happenings in the Virginia area including Hampton Roads, making life easy while celebrating life, cultures, food, travel & more! Frequency 6 posts / month Since Jan 2015 Blog themommycooler.com
Facebook fans 1.4K ⋅ Twitter followers 3.7K ⋅ Domain Authority 27 ⋅ Alexa Rank 2.4M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
9. Coffee, Clutter and Chaos | Managing it all, one latte at a time!!
Virginia, United States About Blog Hello, my name is Carol. I am a 40(ish) year old woman doing my best to keep up with my beautiful partner, 4 kids, and 5 animals while working and going to school. The housework may not always get done, but we laugh every day! Frequency 3 posts / quarter Since Oct 2012 Blog coffeeclutterandchaos.com
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10. The Burned Hand | Surround Yourself With What You Want To Become
Virginia, United States About Blog Hi, I'm Aimee Halpin, a blogger, geek lover, yoga mom, educator, and fighter of hemochromatosis. I help others improve their relationship with their thoughts by getting their head, heart, and overall health a quick tune-up. Follow to keep up with the latest from this blog. Frequency 3 posts / month Blog theburnedhand.com
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11. A blog for my mom
Virginia, United States About Blog Hi, I'm Rosie! A Catholic mom of seven. Halfway crunchy, halfheartedly stylish, homeschools, homebodyish. Follow to get the latest updates on parenting, homeschooling, fashion, gardening, and many more. Frequency 2 posts / week Since Jun 2011 Blog rosie-ablogformymom.blogspot..
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12. River City Belle
Richmond, Virginia, United States About Blog Hi! I'm Amanda and welcome to River City Belle. I spend a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen, traveling the world, hanging out with my husband Jerad, daughter Adeline and pup Clark, and sharing my opinions on entertainment. Take a look around! Frequency 2 posts / month Since May 2016 Blog rivercitybelle.com
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13. All Done Adulting | Printable coloring pages, planners & journal pages
Bristow, Virginia, United States About Blog Hi! I'm Tracey, an entrepreneur at heart, mom to 3 boys, and wife to a husband who is the steady ship to my swirling seas. This blog will inspire you to have more fun, include free printables, PNG files, recipes, and helpful tips for busy moms. Follow All Done Adulting for the latest fun! Frequency 9 posts / quarter Blog alldoneadulting.com
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14. Naturally Glam | Where being GLAM comes naturally!
Virginia, United States About Blog Hi, I'm Jonna Scott-Blakes, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogger, freelance writer, event coordinator, wife, and mom. I've unearthed my passion for hair, beauty, fashion, and here I share my ideal of what being Naturally Glam is all about. Frequency 2 posts / month Since Dec 2012 Blog naturally-glam.com
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15. Attempts At Domestication | Stories of DIY, Motherhood, Cooking and Life in general
Richmond, Virginia, United States About Blog Hey! I'm Ashley! I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband, and 2 daughters. I live for Star Wars, tacos, coffee, and trips to Disney World. I also dabble in DIY, home decor, and cooking, which you can read all about here on the blog. Frequency 3 posts / week Blog attemptsatdomestication.com
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16. Tide & Thyme | It's a sweet life living by the salty sea.
Chincoteague Island, Virginia, United States About Blog Hello! I'm Laura, a resident food blogger here at Tide and Thyme. I'm a wife and stay-at-home mother to 3 little boys on the beautiful island of Chincoteague, Virginia. Here I share my love for cooking, try new recipes, learn about food history, and just talk to folks about food in general. Follow to get the latest updates. Frequency 2 posts / quarter Since Jun 2009 Blog tideandthyme.com
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17. Housewives in the City | Northern Virginia Housewives
Virginia, United States About Blog Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! Frequency 1 post / quarter Since Nov 2011 Blog housewivesinthecity.com/nova
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18. The Blessed Mess | Lifestyle Blog for the Millennial Mom
Richmond, Virginia, United States About Blog My name is Ryan and I am the voice of The Blessed Mess Blog! I am a wife, new Mom, runner, lover of food, and finding balance. The Blessed Mess is where I post about parenting wins and mom life, my love of food, beauty, and finding balance in this blessed, but sometimes messy, life of mine! Subscribe to get the updates. Frequency 1 post / quarter Since Apr 2017 Also in Mom Lifestyle Blogs Blog theblessedmessblog.com
Facebook fans 335 ⋅ Twitter followers 191 ⋅ Instagram Followers 10.8K ⋅ Social Engagement 9 ⋅ Domain Authority 13 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
19. Refreshing Talk | Enriching lives and inspiring more!
Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States About Blog Hi! I'm Dee, a Virginia wife, mom, and lifestyle blogger who wants you to be inspired and encouraged in your everyday life. I endeavor to keep it upbeat here as we talk about fitness, faith, beauty, Disney. and more. Welcome. and be refreshed! Frequency 1 post / month Blog refreshingtalk.com
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20. Life. Motherhood. Advocacy.
Virginia, United States About Blog Hi, I'm Emma, a wife to my high school sweetheart and mom of three energetic boys. In this blog, I've written about my fears and triumphs through loss, pregnancy, postpartum depression, and anxiety. I also enjoy photography, crafting, baking, and traveling, and blog about them when I have the chance. Follow to get the updates. Frequency 2 posts / quarter Since Dec 2010 Blog muddybootsanddiamonds.com
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21. Fairfax Family Fun | Events and activities near Fairfax Virginia
Virginia, United States About Blog Fairfax Family Fun created by Patricia Hall, a mom who shares ideas for fun family outings based on her family's own 'discoveries' of the area. Now it is a website and free community resource for all-ages events and activities. It has a calendar of events, seasonal guides, reviews of family fun places and local and national shows, a newsletter, family travel articles, and more. Subscribe to get the latest updates. Frequency 30 posts / year Since Nov 2012 Blog fairfaxfamilyfun.com
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22. TRULY YOURS, A. | A Life & Style Blog by Amanda Parker
Ashland, Virginia, United States About Blog Hi, I'm Amanda. Truly Yours, A. is a lifestyle blog where you'll find posts about first-time mamahood, affordable style for all, and everyday life! Subscribe to the blog and never miss a post! Frequency 4 posts / year Since Jul 2015 Blog trulyyoursa.com
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23. Charlottesville Area Moms
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States About Blog Charlottesville Area Moms is a locally-focused parenting resource for moms and families. It strives to connect area moms to relevant resources, local businesses, can't-miss happenings, and most of all - each other! Subscribe and stay up-to-date with what is happening in-and-around Charlottesville, VA. Frequency 4 posts / year Blog thecharlottesvillemoms.com
Facebook fans 1.1K ⋅ Twitter followers 676 ⋅ Social Engagement 2 ⋅ Domain Authority 4 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
24. The Whisk & The Spoon
Alexandria, Virginia, United States About Blog Welcome! My name is Amber Barrett-Kar and welcome to my website The Whisk And The Spoon. This website features recipe development, my blog, and my photography, travel, and motherhood work. Get the latest on free recipes, photography, and Whisk And The Spoon Events. Frequency 4 posts / year Blog thewhiskandthespoon.com
Facebook fans 2.9K ⋅ Twitter followers 509 ⋅ Domain Authority 6 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
25. Prince William County Moms
Virginia, United States About Blog My name is Kristina and I love Prince William County. This site is to help parents and families stay in the know and find fun things to do in Prince William County! Follow to get updates. Frequency 18 posts / year Blog pwcmoms.com/home
Facebook fans 14K ⋅ Social Engagement 4 ⋅ Domain Authority 22 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
26. Domestic As Hell
Henrico, Virginia, United States About Blog Chastity is happily married, mother of two amazing children, and two furry puppies. She is the owner of Chas Hise Hair and is a total book nerd. Her blog 'Domestic As Hell' is all about Family, Drankin, and Bakin, cooking, raising kids, doing hair, and traveling, gardening, makeup, and boots. Follow the blog to enjoy every moment. Frequency 7 posts / year Since Nov 2016 Blog domesticashell.blogspot.com
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27. Real Transformation.
Richmond, Virginia, United States About Blog Hi,I am a wife, a mother, a friend, a change agent, and a prayer warrior. Get the latest updates on Clean Eating, Food Sensitivity, Migraines, Weightloss, Elimination Diet, Healthy Lifestyle, Wellness, and many more. Frequency 3 posts / year Blog jessiculyer.com/bites
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28. Alexandria Mom
Alexandria, Virginia, United States About Blog Alexandria Mom sharing all about the city she knows and loves. Follow the blog to get updates on the Alexandria city. Frequency 14 posts / year Since Jun 2011 Blog alexandriamom.blogspot.com
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Virginia, United States About Blog Virginia based lifestyle blogger Whitney of WorthyStyle is a mom, freelance writer, and social media consultant who shares her beauty, fashion, gluten-free cooking, family life, and more. Follow along! Frequency 2 posts / year Since May 2008 Blog worthystyle.com
Facebook fans 5.3K ⋅ Twitter followers 1.7K ⋅ Social Engagement 8 ⋅ Domain Authority 17 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
30. Virginia's Life, Such As It Is!
Virginia, United States About Blog Welcome to my blog! My name is Virginia Quarrier Knowles, and this is my crazy life! My life goal is to live in (and spread) God's love, peace, grace, and joy. Follow to get the latest updates. Frequency 2 posts / year Since Mar 2008 Blog virginiaknowles.blogspot.com
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1. Allergic Living Magazine
United States About Blog Allergic Living magazine will make a difference in your life. Featuring the best coverage of food allergies, asthma, celiac disease and environmental allergies. Get latest research news, safe and superb recipes, great columns and product reviews. Frequency 5 posts / week Also in Allergy Magazines Blog allergicliving.com
Facebook fans 112.9K ⋅ Twitter followers 19.6K ⋅ Social Engagement 2.5K ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 66 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 385.6K ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
2. SnackSafely Blog
New Jersey, United States About Blog SnackSafely goes beyond the label to bring you the latest in food allergy news, research, and products. Frequency 5 posts / week Blog snacksafely.com
Facebook fans 46.3K ⋅ Twitter followers 6.3K ⋅ Domain Authority 50 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 605.1K ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
3. Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team Blog
United States About Blog Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT), your home for education, advocacy, & connection with others affected by life-threatening food allergies & anaphylaxis. Frequency 1 post / month Blog foodallergyawareness.org/blog
Facebook fans 126.6K ⋅ Twitter followers 6.4K ⋅ Instagram Followers 2.9K ⋅ Social Engagement 113 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 48 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 2.3M ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
4. The Pretty Bee
Michigan, United States About Blog An allergy friendly food blog with hundreds of delicious gluten free, dairy free, and vegan recipes. Frequency 3 posts / week Blog theprettybee.com
Facebook fans 9.7K ⋅ Twitter followers 1.9K ⋅ Social Engagement 55 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 54 ⓘ ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
5. Kids With Food Allergies
Arlington, Virginia, United States About Blog KFA, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the nation's leading allergy and asthma charity, is dedicated to keeping 6 million U.S. children with food allergies safe and healthy through education, support, outreach, advocacy. Frequency 11 posts / week Blog community.kidswithfoodallerg..
Facebook fans 106.4K ⋅ Twitter followers 12.8K ⋅ Social Engagement 168 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 61 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 620.1K ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
6. AllergicChild | Living A Full Life with Food Allergies
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States About Blog AllergicChild.com is your home for managing food allergies and living a full life! Frequency 1 post / month Blog home.allergicchild.com/blog
Facebook fans 12.8K ⋅ Twitter followers 2.7K ⋅ Social Engagement 102 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 44 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 7.9M ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
7. Allergy Shmallergy
Washington, District Of Columbia, United States About Blog Food allergy advocate, writer, speaker and consultant Erin Malawer helping to take the stress out of living with food allergies by simple, practical solutions, positive parenting, food allergy education, and the best product reviews. Frequency 2 posts / month Blog shmallergy.wordpress.com
Facebook fans 709 ⋅ Twitter followers 1.9K ⋅ Instagram Followers 600 ⋅ Social Engagement 366 ⋅ Domain Authority 28 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
8. Nut Free Wok
San Francisco, California, United States About Blog Allergy Aware Asian Fare by Sharon Wong who writes about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. Frequency 1 post / quarter Blog nutfreewok.com
Facebook fans 6.7K ⋅ Twitter followers 2.9K ⋅ Instagram Followers 1.9K ⋅ Social Engagement 64 ⋅ Domain Authority 40 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
9. No Nuts Moms Group - Blog
United States About Blog A group dedicated to learning, educating, supporting and connecting others who are dealing with life threatening food allergies. Frequency 1 post / week Blog nonutsmomsgroup.weebly.com/blog
Facebook fans 24.4K ⋅ Twitter followers 4.2K ⋅ Social Engagement 53 ⋅ Domain Authority 36 ⋅ Alexa Rank 3.4M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
10. EpiCenter App by AssureTech | Food Allergy Blogs
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States About Blog The EpiCenter is AssureTech's next-generation food allergy management solution that helps users find help during an emergency, translates your allergy with Equal Eats, helps manage your auto-injector, and connects you with the greater community. Frequency 1 post / month Blog epicenter-app.com/blog
Facebook fans 428 ⋅ Twitter followers 796 ⋅ Instagram Followers 4.1K ⋅ Social Engagement 36 ⋅ Domain Authority 12 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
11. ALLERGIC PRINCESS Food Allergies
California, United States About Blog Tips for navigating life with food allergies. With two nut and dairy allergic kids, I'm here to help and share what's worked for our family. Frequency 1 post / month Blog allergicprincess.com/blog
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12. Friendly Pantry
Canada About Blog As a 10-year Food Allergy Mom and Food Allergy Consultant, I love helping Food Allergy Moms make their kitchen pantries friendly after food allergy diagnosis. We make life easier for food allergy moms in Canada. Check out the blog, printables & the Friendly Pantry Community on Facebook. Frequency 1 post / month Blog friendlypantry.com/blog
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13. Allergy Girl Eats
Berlin, Germany About Blog A blog for people with food allergies who love to eat! Tips about living with allergies and a resource for tasty allergy friendly recipes. Frequency 2 posts / month Blog allergygirleats.com
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14. Nutrimom® - Food Allergy Liason's Blog- AllergyPhoods
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States About Blog Nutrimom a consultancy by Tracy Bush that specializes in food allergies and helps to provide guidance and support for anyone that has been diagnosed with food allergies. Frequency 1 post / quarter Blog allergyphoods.blogspot.com
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15. Allergy Awesomeness
About Blog Recipes that are allergy-friendly and still awesome from an allergy and EOE mom Megan. Frequency 7 posts / quarter Blog allergyawesomeness.com
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16. Milk Allergy Mom
United States About Blog Simple food ideas for anaphylaxis food allergy mom , allergy friendly recipes and milk-free food. Frequency 1 post / week Blog milkallergymom.com/category/..
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17. The Frugalista Mom
New Jersey, United States About Blog Allergy Friendly Lifestyle on a Budget. Healthy and kid approved recipes without Gluten, Egg, Dairy, Soy, Nut & Peanuts. * Food Allergy friendly product finds. * Savings tips and more Frequency 1 post / month Blog thefrugalistamom.com
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18. Allergylicious | Deliciously Vegan and Allergy-friendly Recipes
Bixby, Oklahoma, United States About Blog - To provide delicious, allergy-friendly recipes that everyone can enjoy. Always free-from dairy, egg & nuts with many also Gluten Free. Frequency 1 post / week Also in Gluten Free Vegan Blogs Blog allergylicious.com
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19. Food Allergy Buzz
Massachusetts, United States About Blog With an eye on food allergy community as a unique group of consumers, Jennifer share ways to continue enjoying the good things in life allergen-free. Frequency 1 post / quarter Blog foodallergybuzz.com
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20. Allergy Mums
London, England, United Kingdom About Blog Visit us to check out our selection of dairy, egg and gluten free recipes. All of our baking is Vegan friendly, while all of our main dishes are egg and dairy free. There is also lots of helpful information about allergies and asthma. Frequency 6 posts / month Blog allergymums.co.uk
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21. No Dairy No Cry
London, England, United Kingdom About Blog NDNC is an allergy friendly food blog free from dairy, egg, cashew, pistachio, and beef, plus most common allergens. Delicious. Healthy. Kid Approved recipes! Frequency 1 post / quarter Blog nodairynocry.com
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22. Food Allergy Diva
About Blog The First Stop in the Fight Against Your Infant's Food Allergies: A Food Allergy Blog for the Newly Diagnosed Parent. It is my goal to change the direction of a food allergy diagnosis in the lives of others so they don't have to do things the hard way like us. Frequency 1 post / week Blog foodallergydiva.com
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Denver, Colorado, United States About Blog We create inclusive environments for people with special dietary needs, food allergies, and celiac disease and to ensure EVERYONE has a safe seat at the table. Our mission is to transform families, individuals, and organizations who manage food allergies and other dietary issues so they can enjoy a life free of fear and full of fervor. Frequency 2 posts / week Blog allercuisine.com
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24. Dairy Free Gina | Blog
East Amherst, New York, United States About Blog The best in dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free eating and living with recipes, product and restaurant reviews, cooking tips, and tricks. Frequency 1 post / day Since Dec 2014 Also in Dairy Free Blogs Blog dairyfreegina.com/blog-2
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25. From Scratch With Love Cooking
About Blog Hi, friends and welcome to our blog! We're Adam and Tina DaSilva, parents of two adorable kiddos who also have multiple food allergies. In this blog you'll find - what we hope - are easy, healthy, and allergy-friendly recipes that will make your family and friends smile as much as ours do. We wanted to start this blog after repeatedly hearing our family and friends say, 'how did you make that,' or 'oh my gosh that doesn't have dairy? Frequency 2 posts / month Since May 2020 Blog fromscratchwithlovecooking.c..
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26. Allergy Free Mouse
About Blog A one stop Disney food allergies planning guide. Whether you have a milk allergy, gluten allergy, peanut allergy or one of the many other food allergies. Frequency 1 post / month Blog allergyfreemouse.com
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27. Nickel Food Allergy
Australia About Blog This blog is to create awareness and community about nickel food allergies & eczema by Christy Cushing who is allergic to foods with nickel and have atopic dermatitis / eczema. Frequency 2 posts / quarter Blog nickelfoodallergy.com
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28. Goodie Goodie Gluten-Free
New York City, New York, United States About Blog Hi! I'm Julie the certified health coach, photographer, recipe developer, gluten-free expert, food sensitivity queen, and spiritual coach behind Goodie Goodie Gluten-Free. Here you'll find tons of tasty gluten-free, plant-forward, dairy-free, nut-free, allergy-friendly healthy recipes, wellness tips and a side of soul. Frequency 1 post / quarter Also in Gluten Free Blogs, New York Food Blogs Blog goodiegoodieglutenfree.com
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United States About Blog AllergyEats is a crowd-sourced U.S. restaurant guide for the food allergy community. Frequency 7 posts / year Blog allergyeats.com/blog
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About Blog Hi, my name is Kathleen. I'm a Toronto-based writer, a foodie, and most recently, a mom of a food-allergic kid. I seek out & share allergy-friendly eats, treats, spaces & places. Frequency 1 post / year Blog allergy-bites.com/blog
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31. Grateful Foodie
Reno, Nevada, United States About Blog I talk about all things food allergy, asthma, baking and life at www.gratefulfoodie.com. It's all about finding solutions to live a grand life! Blog gratefulfoodie.com/blog
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32. Allergy Superheroes Blog
Denver, Colorado, United States About Blog Thoughts from a food-allergic mom, Eileen of food-allergic kids. Frequency 4 posts / year Blog allergysuperheroesblog.com
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33. Allergic Girl
New York City, New York, United States About Blog Allergic Girl, resources provides supportive services designed to empower both individuals with food allergies and the food allergic community to engage the world safely, effectively and joyously. Frequency 1 post / year Blog allergicgirl.blogspot.com
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34. Jazzy Allergy Recipes
United States About Blog Simple and delicious egg free, dairy free and nut free recipes that everyone will love. Frequency 2 posts / year Blog jazzyallergyrecipes.blogspot..
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35. Leslie Berlin
About Blog Sam, a child with multiple food allergies, helps to explain everyday concepts of dealing with his food restrictions. He tells us how both he and his brother have been lucky enough to have outgrown their milk allergy. Sam, still having an allergy to other foods, shows us how he only eats foods that his parents say are safe and most of all how he can still enjoy the fun of being a kid. Keep up with articles on Food allergy from Leslie Berlin. Blog ok4me2eat.com/blog
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36. Our Allergic Life
Markham, Ontario, Canada About Blog Hello and Welcome to Our Allergic Life. My name is Jyoti Parmar. I am a dentist, wife, interior design fan and the mother of three kids, two of whom have life threatening food allergies. Like any parent I want my children to experience life to the fullest. Living life to the fullest while dealing with allergies to food is not easy and has its ups and downs. I hope to chronicle my journey in this blog. Thank you for joining me! Blog ourallergiclife.com
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37. Food Allergy Alliance of the MidSouth
Memphis, Tennessee, United States About Blog The Food Allergy Alliance of the MidSouth (FAAM) provides support, education and advocacy for the food allergy community of Memphis, TN and surrounding areas. Blog faamidsouth.org/blog
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38. Food Allergy Pantry - The Cookbook Apothecary blog
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39. My Allergy Advocate | Food Allergy & Autoimmune Disease Blog
Seattle, Washington, United States About Blog Making food fun for all people with autoimmune disease, food allergies, food intolerances, autoimmune disease, and chronic conditions requiring a medically-necessary diet. Feeding yourself is a total drag, but it doesn't have to be. I'm Imei Hsu, RN, LHMC, RYT, and I'm on a mission to make food fun again. Frequency 5 posts / year Blog myallergyadvocate.com/blog
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40. Once Upon An Allergy
About Blog Recipes, Reviews and Stories from the Kitchen of a Food Allergy Family! Blog onceuponanallergy613.wordpre..
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41. Down Allergy - Free Back Roads
North Carolina, United States About Blog Down Allergy - Free Back Roads details the adventures of Nikki & friends while setting up Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Events across US and experiencing different cultures, allergen-free foods, and finding commonality in community with motivation and humor along the way. Blog allergy-freebackroads.blogsp..
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42. Food Allergy Works
About Blog As a mother of a food allergic teen, I have been through the ups and downs of food allergy, but I have also seen my teen's calm maturity and enhanced sense of responsibility. And because food allergies are not an isolated event anymore. I have enjoyed the community built around a common cause. So Welcome. You'll find recipes, comments on life with food allergies, a blog, resources and occasionally 'notes from the field.' Blog foodallergyworks.blogspot.com
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York, England, United Kingdom About Blog Food Intolerance, Europe's leading food intolerance and allergy testing company. YorkTest develop tests to determine your food sensitivity. Blog yorktest.com/blog
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44. Small Town Allergy Mom
United States About Blog A small town allergy mom of 2 boys with multiple anaphylactic food allergies. Specializing in dairy, egg, peanut & tree nut free cooking. Blog smalltownallergymom.com
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45. Food Allergy Canada
Canada About Blog Food Allergy Canada educates, supports and advocates for the needs of people living with food allergies and the risk of anaphylaxis. They also support and participate in food allergy research. Blog foodallergycanada.ca/news-ev..
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46. Learning to Eat Allergy-Free
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States About Blog At Learning to Eat Allergy-Free Colette Martin share research, recipes, products and tips on eating allergen-free and gluten-free. Blog learningtoeatallergyfree.com
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47. Your Food Allergy Coach
Boston, Massachusetts, United States About Blog Your Food Allergy Coach is an individualized coaching practice offering one on one customized support for parents of children with food allergies. It provides help to parents who are seeking a happy and safe family lifestyle with children who have food allergies. Some services include personal advocacy including help with choosing restaurant substituting ingredients & navigating through resources. Blog yourfoodallergycoach.com/wp/..
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Cardi B, rapper
Cardi is mom to 8-month-old Kulture.
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No matter if you’re team Nicki Minaj or not, there’s no quibbling: Cardi B’s stratospheric rise after working as a stripper to escape an abusive relationship is the ultimate rags-to-riches story. Now, she’s arguably the most powerful female rapper of all time, racking up the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 of any female rapper, as well as the most No. 1 singles, and she’s the only woman to win a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album as a solo artist. This year looks to be another banner one for the new mom: She won more 2019 Billboard Music Awards than any other woman, after having the most nominations in a single year ever by a woman, and she’ll make her film debut in September in Hustlers, inspired by a 2016 New York Magazine article about “a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients, opposite with Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) and Jennifer Lopez (also on our list). In her short time as Kulture's mom, she has been refreshingly open and honest about working motherhood's challenges, giving a voice to us all.
Samantha Bee, television host, writer, producer
Samantha is mom to Piper, 13, Fletcher, 10, and Ripley, 8.
Full Frontal is the No. 1 late-night show on cable and has become a rallying vehicle for progressive millennials—one that played an instrumental role in getting the vote out prior to the midterms. Bee, who is mom to three and has been open about not finding “balance” between work and home, has used her platform to bring awareness (and humor) to a number of serious issues facing mothers, including pregnancy discrimination and the U.S.'s high maternal mortality rates. The outspoken Bee just produced her second Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (she won an Emmy for her first), raising money for the Committee to Protect Journalists. “It is now up to comedy journalists to take care of real journalists,” says Bee.
Kelly Clarkson, singer, voice coach on The Voice
Kelly is mom to River, 4, Remington, 3, and stepmother to her husband Brandon Blackstock’s two children from a previous marriage.
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Fresh off her stint hosting the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, it's safe to say Kelly Clarkson deserves her place in pop music royalty. Her latest album The Meaning of Life just earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. In its review of the album, Spin wrote “few successes in pop music have been as hard-earned as Kelly Clarkson’s the story of her career is as much about fighting industry crud at every turn as it is about stardom.” And yet, that stardom is of a down-to-earth variety that belies her $28 million dollar net worth. She is returning for her 16th season on The Voice and is busy launching her own daytime talk show, which is sure to be a success—because Clarkson just feels like someone you’d want to talk to.
Joanna Gaines, business owner, reality TV star, home designer
Joanna is mom to Drake, 15, Ella Rose, 12, Duke, 10, Emmie Kay, 9, and baby Crew.
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Move over Martha Stewart, there’s a new tastemaker in town and she’s doing it all from her Waco, Texas, ranch with five kids running around, including her most recent addition, baby Crew. She and her affable, handy husband, Chip, just inked a deal with Discovery to launch their own cable channel in 2020. Chip and Joanna Gaines became household names from their house-flipping show Fixer Upper in 2013, which quickly became one of HGTV’s most popular shows. Since then, Joanna has been spreading her style through lucrative partnerships with places such as Target, which now features entire sections devoted to the her Hearth and Home by Magnolia brand, and Anthropologie, with whom she partnered earlier this year on a line of pillows and rugs. The new channel will focus on “community, home, garden, food, wellness, entrepreneurialism and design.” We can’t wait to watch.
Nina Jacobson, producer
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Less than a year after she was fired from her job as president of the Buena Vista Motion Pictures Corp in 2006 (on the phone in the delivery room after giving birth to her third child, no less), Jacobson was back on top with her own production company, Color Force. Responsible for The Hunger Games series, for which she co-wrote the screenplays, Jacobson has won two Emmys and produced the Oscar-nominated Ben is Back. She hit it really big last year with Crazy Rich Asians, a ground-breaking feature film with an all-Asian cast that grossed over $237 million (making it the top-earning romantic comedy in a decade) and was awarded The Hollywood Reporter’s Equity in Entertainment Award. Next up for this production powerhouse is an adaptation of The Goldfinch this fall. Jacobson is also part of the team that announced the Time’s Up #4PercentChallenge, to ask movie studios to commit to a project with one female director in the next 18 months.
Mindy Kaling, actor, writer, producer
Mindy is mom to Katherine, 1.
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The things Mindy Kaling is not doing would be a shorter list than those she is. In February her first feature film, which she produced, wrote and starred in with Emma Thompson, premiered to an incredible reception at Sundance and was picked up by Amazon Studios for “a record-breaking distribution deal” of $13 million. The movie—about a late-night talk-show host whose failing show is saved by its first female writer—will be released this summer. Fresh off that success, she signed a six-year deal with Warner Bros. TV for $8.5 billion a year and, most recently, Netflix signed her for a 10-episode series based on her life growing up as an Indian girl in the US in the ‘80s. (Yes, please!)
Nicole Kidman, actor, producer, founding member of Time’s Up
Nicole is mom to Isabella, 26, Connor, 24, Sunday, 10, and Faith, 8.
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The Oscar-winning actress just graced the cover of Vanity Fair for the 10th time, where she was called a “once-in-a-generation talent” and “one of the few movie stars left in Hollywood.” And there is no sign Kidman will be slowing down. In fact, she’s having her own Golden Era of Television, coming back with the new season of Big, Little Lies, which she executive produced and for which she earned three best actress awards, and a new six-part HBO series, The Undoing, which she will executive produce and star in with Hugh Grant and Donald Sutherland. Next year will see Kidman in The Goldfinch and as Gretchen Carlson in the Roger Ailes biopic. Kidman is also on a very successful mission to work with a female director every 18 months—she’s worked with five in the last two years.
Beyoncé Knowles, singer
Beyoncé is mom to Blue Ivy, 7, and 1-year-old twins Rumi and Sir.
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When Knowles made our list last year, she had just come off her history-making Coachella performance (since dubbed #Beychella), a mind-blowing two-hour ode to black culture in all its beautiful forms. This year, she’s done it again, releasing her new live album and accompanying documentary on the making of that groundbreaking performance. The singer—whose net worth is currently estimated at $355 million—has received glowing and awed reviews for both. The documentary also demonstrates Knowles' incredible work during the grueling preparation for the show while breastfeeding and still recovering from giving birth to twins. Yas, Queen.
Marie Kondo, author, reality TV star
Marie is mom to two daughters, Satsuki, 3, and Miko, 2.
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Marie Kondo’s gentle and unassuming demeanor on her television show, Tidying Up, belies the power of this professional organizer and evangelist for neatness. Even before she became a household name in America, Kondo had sold over 11 million copies worldwide of her books including The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and was named one of Time’s Most Influential People. And that was all before she hit the big time with her instantly popular Netflix series. With her new show, Kondo has created a boom in thrift store donations and boosted sales in the organizing industry. But some culture critics credit her with something even more powerful: helping to spread the responsibility for household work to fathers and kids and lightening the loads on moms. Now that is some life-changing magic.
Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures
Donna is mom to Paolo, 10, and Adello, 8.
In January, Universal Pictures was the first major studio to sign on to the #4PercentChallenge, committing to signing a project with a female director in the next 18 months. Not a huge surprise given that Donna Langley is a member of Time’s Up—the organization behind the challenge—and an active proponent of supporting women in Hollywood leadership. She herself is a shining example of what can happen with women at the helm. Langley continues to bring in the bucks—most notably last year with the Mama Mia sequel—which grossed $394 million. But she doesn’t just trade in crowd-pleasers. Langley immediately understood and greenlit the brilliance of Jordan Peele’s blockbuster, genre-busting horror film, Get Out, and the studio just released his follow-up, Us, to excellent reviews and a tidy box office sum of $238 million so far (an excellent return for a $20 million investment).
Jennifer Lopez, singer, actor, businesswoman, Time’s Up advocate
Jennifer is mom to twins Maximilian and Emme, 11.
Jennifer Lopez is going to have a busy summer, and fall, and 2020. The multi-threat talent and businesswoman will go on tour for the first time in six years to celebrate her 50th birthday. The “It’s My Party: The Live Celebration” includes stops in 25 cities. She will also star with Constance Wu and first-time list-maker Cardi B in Hustlers. She is also planning to take a much more active role in her business ventures. In a recent interview with LinkedIn, Lopez said she realizes that she has not been reaping the full rewards of her work and talent and will be taking more ownership of her projects rather than licensing her name out to companies that “make the lion’s share” instead of her. “I now know that I can do it on my own,” says Lopez. Of course she can.
Shonda Rhimes, founder, production company Shondaland
Shonda is mom to Harper, 16, and Emerson, 7, and Beckett, 5.
Clear your weekends for the next six years, because Shonda Rhimes has an amazing lineup of shows coming out of her $100-million-dollar deal with Netflix. Featuring strong female leads, the series' include an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Warmth of Other Suns, a feminist interpretation of historical romance novels set in England, a show based on Ellen Pao’s Silicon Valley memoir, and a show based on Anna Delvey, the young con artist who bilked Manhattan elites. Of course, you could just put on her first TV baby, Grey’s Anatomy, which became the longest-running medical drama on TV (besting ER) at the beginning of the year. The show broke another kind of ground recently when Rhimes stood up to ABC's Standards and Practices division, which wanted her to cut scenes about sexual assault because they were “too gory.” Rhimes refused—and won.
Jennifer Salke, CEO, Amazon Studios
Jennifer is mom to Henry, 20, and Georgia and Kate, 18.
Salke has been on a cinematic tear in 2019. She and her team shelled out $46 million for five movies that premiered at Sundance, including Mindy Kaling’s Late Night. The spending spree was surprising because Amazon didn’t pick up any flicks the year before and Salke came to the job with honed TV chops but little film experience. Salke’s been signing deals with folks like Jordan Peele and Michael B. Jordan and she just locked down Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the duo behind Amazon’s hit The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Salke’s passion and personality are a part of her success. She initially lost a film at Sundance, Brittany Runs a Marathon, only to get it back after sending a selfie to the screenwriter. Next up for Salke: international expansion. According to Variety, she has already “greenlit production of 17 new original series globally.”
Amy Schumer, comedian
Amy is mom to newborn son Gene.
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The baldly honest and hilarious comic is a triple threat, pulling in millions from her comedy specials, first book and film roles. In fact, she was the first woman to make the highest-paid comedian list, when she came in fourth in 2016. Last year was another big one for the comedienne. She released her third film, was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress for her first performance on Broadway, was arrested for protesting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and announced she was pregnant. That last news item sidelined her for a bit when she had to cancel tour dates because of hyperemesis gravidarum. Hopefully those difficult days are behind her now that baby Gene has arrived. Schumer recently made news at the Sundance Film Festival when she was part of the team that announced the Time’s Up #4PercentChallenge to ask movie studios to commit to a project with one female director in the next 18 months.
Reese Witherspoon, actor, producer, founding member of Time’s Up
Reese is mom to Ava Elizabeth, 19, Deacon, 15, and Tennessee, 6.
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Witherspoon is as much a mover and shaker and connector in real life as her character on Big, Little Lies, which just wrapped production on its second season. Witherspoon will be starring with Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston as part of Apple’s first foray into television with The Morning Show, a drama about the making of a morning television show. Her production company, Hello Sunshine, which she founded to advance the work of women, is going gangbusters. From podcasts to feature films to a live tour and a Video on Demand deal with AT&T, the company is working with women, adapting female-written novels for the screen and focusing on female stories, such as an upcoming documentary about tennis player Martina Navratilova. The company has no less than seven television series in development, with Witherspoon starring in two and executive producing the entire kit and kaboodle.
Working Mother 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2015
This year's list features 50 remarkable, inspiring moms in eight work sectors.
We think all moms are powerful. That being said, this year's list of Most Powerful Moms features 50 remarkable women whose influence is felt on a daily basis via their singular talent, hard work and intellectual capital—not to mention courage, strength, love of family and, importantly, their passion to make the world a better place. These moms (each with at least one child under age 18, listed alphabetically by work sector) have so many qualities we admire—and then some! A star denotes new to the list this year.
Children: Daughter, Blue Ivy, 3
According to Forbes, Queen Bey became the top earning woman in the music business last year by doubling what she made in 2013 to the tune of $115 million, boosted by endorsement deals with Pepsi and H&M. But beyond being a mega-talent working mom, she’s also an artist who carves out her own way and stays on top by keeping everyone on their toes. Case in point: Instead of performing one of her hits, she chose to make a statement at the 2015 Grammys by belting out a gospel hymn in support of black men. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of her Beyoncé album in December, she released a surprise black-and-white video tribute, “Yours and Mine,” extolling her feminism, as well as the joy she’s found in motherhood and marriage. In it, she speaks of the power of her inspiration—her family: “One thing that’s for sure, the love I have for music, for my husband, for my child is something that will last far beyond my life.”
President and CEO, A+E Networks
Just the third president and CEO in A+E’s 30-year history, Nancy has proven herself a bonafide hit-maker by taking risks. The lifelong TV fan heads brands like the History channel, A+E networks, Lifetime and LMN, and her networks had 11 of the top 50 shows in total viewers last year with hits like Ice Road Truckers, Hatfield’s & McCoy’s, Vikings, Pawn Stars and Dance Moms. Entertaining 330 million–plus viewers and 500 million digital users in more than 200 territories worldwide, Nancy credits her success to following her gut. She's got a slew of Emmy awards and nominations under her belt and has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and annually one of the Top Five Most Powerful on The Hollywood Reporter Power 100 Top Women in Entertainment list. Last year, she broadened the A+E scope even further by overseeing the acquisition of a 10 percent stake in Vice Media. About to present the opening keynote at the 36th Banff World Media Festival next month, Nancy told the New York Times: “The drug of success is great but it’s fleeting. The exercise and nutrition that you have to do to get the drug of success is failure.”
Children: Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, Zahara, 10,
Shiloh, 8, Knox and Vivienne, 6
It's no surprise that Angelina makes our list, what with six kids and both longterm and current acclaim as actor, writer, producer, director and UN Ambassador with a relentless drive to better the world. This past year she earned praise for her work as director and producer of Unbroken and also penned a much-shared New York Times essay about her decision to remove her breasts (and eventually ovaries and fallopian tubes), raising awareness about how a simple genetic mutation test can empower women's health choices. Sure, she can bring her family to work—currently directing and co-starring with dashing hubby Brad Pitt in the upcoming film By the Sea—but Angelina knows full well how fortunate she is to do so. She told the New York Daily News: “I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain. Consider all the people who really struggle and don’t have the financial means, don’t have the support, and many people are single raising children. That’s hard.”
Reality Star/Retail Mogul/#1 Social Media Influencer
Children: North, 2
With 29 million followers on Instagram, 31 million followers on Twitter and the avidly watched E! show Keeping Up With the Kardashians—not to mention a retail enterprise, endorsement deals and a video game in her honor—there’s no denying the global reach of Kim K. At the helm of a multimedia juggernaut, she and her tireless clan have perfected the art of self-promotion as career, earning millions and millions in the process. But Kim is more than just selfies and photos that break the Internet and bing married to Kanye West. Just last month she, along with her famous sisters, made a pilgrimage to Armenia to honor ancestors who perished in the Armenian Genocide, focusing cameras (and much needed media attention) on one of the most underpublicized atrocities in recent history. In doing so, she managed to lend more headlines and cameras to the Armenian diaspora than anyone else had in the last century. Now that’s putting self-promotion to great use.
Chairman, Universal Pictures
Children: Two sons, 6 and 4
Donna is one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood, the force behind the juggernaut Fast & Furious franchise. She’s just extended her contract through 2017 and has taken on oversight of worldwide marketing and overseas production as well. Universal's domestic box-office revenue is up 28 percent from 2010 under her watch. Formerly a host at the '90s Hollywood club The Roxbury, she scored a job at New Line and worked her way up the ladder to Chairman. But Donna isn’t all marquee all the time—she also has a philanthropic bent. As a member of Vital Voices, she provides women with the resources and life coaching to boost leadership endeavors alongside a group of women leaders from all over the world. In a recent interview with the Director’s Guild of America, she spoke of the need to cultivate more young female talent: “We have to look for the college or post-college group of women, and really get in there and mentor and support them in a way that hasn’t happened so far. I think that women are uniquely suited to the job of directing and I’ve seen it firsthand.” Way to pay it forward!
Children: Daughter James, newborn
Brand new mom Blake is totally having a moment as an actress and entrepreneur. There’s no denying she’s come a a long way from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Gossip Girl’s fashion-forward “it girl,” Serena Van Der Woodsen. After challenging herself with more intense roles in films like Savages and The Green Lantern (where she met hubby Ryan Reynolds), Blake now stars in the much touted film The Age of Adeline, about a woman who cannot age. Before having daughter James just a few months ago, she had already long celebrated a more domestic side—perfecting recipes alongside some of the world’s most celebrated chefs and hanging out with friend Martha Stewart. That sparked her to launch Preserve, a lifestyle retail website dedicated to the celebration of domestic handmade goods—kind of like an expertly curated Etsy with amazing photography. All of this prompted Forbes to name Blake to its juicy 30 Under 30 list earlier this year. On a recent Tonight Show appearance, the fashion icon joked with Jimmy Fallon that she and Ryan are already at war about daughter James’s first words: "She has to say 'ma-ma' first. I do everything! He does nothing!”
Children: Max and Emme, 7
This tireless Renaissance workmom always has a few (well, many) irons in the fire—in front of and behind the camera. Aside from winning a Billboard Icon award last year and producing and starring in the Universal Picture thriller The Boy Next Door, J. Lo's Nuyorican Productions just sold a few more TV projects: California, an ABC limited series about the state’s history, and the comedy Mothers I’d Like To…. She also produces ABC Family sitcom The Fosters, about an interracial lesbian couple and their children, is the voice of Rihanna’s mom in the current hit kid film Home and is, of course, an American Idol judge. Plus, her memoir, True Love, was a best seller. With such a heaping plate, the doting mom always manages to seem totally hands on, having recently gushed about her twins to People: “I know everybody feels this way about their kids, but I just feel like they're super-special. I can't wait to see what they do, and I feel like my job is to not mess them up too much. It's unconditional love.”
Children: Lourdes, 18, Rocco, 14, David, 9, and Mercy, 9
Who are we to deny one of the most influential artists of the past 30 years her due? With her new album Rebel Heart, Madonna continues to push toward new boundaries. Her upcoming tour stands to earn the upward of $1 million per live show, to say nothing of album sales. Meanwhile, her oldest kid entered college, her second entered high school and her two children adopted from Africa are in primary school. She visits their homeland, Malawi, often and funds a number of orphanages, including the two from which she adopted her children. Ever the provocateur, Madonna recently told Carson Daly on the Today show that being a mom and Madonna can place her in some precarious moments: "Every time my kids would visit me in the studio, it would just so happen that I'd be working on a song like 'Holy Water' or 'S.E.X.' And I'd be like. 'Stay outside. I'll be right out.’"
Children: Caleb, 17, and Liv, 12
This has proved to be Julianne’s year. A true woman of substance, the five-time Oscar nominee finally won for her powerful star performance in Still Alice, a moving film about a working mother with early onset dementia. Leveraging her ageless looks, the stunning 51-year old has scored seven-figure endorsement deals with brands like L’Oreal and Bulgari. She’s also a wildly creative children’s author her children's book Freckleface Strawberry was made into a successful play and her next, Backpacks, will be on shelves this coming July. Her upcoming films include Freeheld, Maggie's Plan and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Julianne is known to be down-to-earth and a hands-on parent, and she often declares her adoration for hubby director/writer/producer Bart Freundlich and their two teens. On what she wants her kids to know about her work, she told Working Mother: "I don’t want them to know a lot, but I do want them to know, for their sake, that I really enjoy what I do, that I care about it, I look forward to doing it, and that I’ve chosen it because it’s a way of spending my life that is valuable. Obviously, most of us have to grow up and make a living, so I want them to do something they enjoy if possible."
Children: Archie, 6, Abel, 4
Workmom Amy rules comedy, and here’s why: She hilariously held court at the Golden Globes these past few years with bestie Tina Fey she wrote a best-selling memoir called Yes, Please and, although her own sitcom, Parks and Recreation, aired its finale this spring, she’s growing her production company, Paper Kite, with amazingly funny television like the Comedy Central hit Broad City. To pay her good fortune forward, she launched Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an online organization created to provide positive comedy and community to teen girls on the Internet, which was snagged by Legendary Entertainment in late 2014. What with Hillary Clinton’s current presidential bid, we’re sure to see a lot more of Amy’s spot-on impersonation of the candidate any second now!
Children: Harper, 13, Emerson, 3, and Beckett, 2
This wunderkind showrunner is on one hell of a hot streak, thanks to the fruits of her brilliant imagination. Shondaland, her production company with partner Betsy Beers, is responsible for all three shows of ABC’s current Thursday night ratings-bonanza lineup—as is more than evident by the devoutly used hashtag #TGIT by Twitter-happy fans. Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder have each in their own way busted through boundaries with compelling storylines and wicked-wise but flawed female leads. We applaud her recent inspirational speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala, where she encouraged aspiring writers and creatives to just go for it, no matter the odds: “If you are a kid and you are out there and you are chubby and not so cute and nerdy and shy and invisible and in pain, whatever your race, whatever your gender, whatever your sexual orientation, I’m standing here to tell you: You are not alone. Your tribe of people, they are out there in the world. Waiting for you.” So what’s next for Shonda? Growing Shondaland—she’s just sold three new shows, including a cop drama and a comedy. We can’t wait to see!
Children: Isaac, 18, and Felix, 6
When Jill’s autobiographical Amazon show Transparent stole the Golden Globe awards this year, it was a groundbreaking, game changing victory for the LGBT community as well as a huge hit for the first-time show runner and until-that-moment unsung subscription-only network. The former writer and director of the innovative HBO hit Six Feet Under and Showtime’s United States of Tara, Jill specializes in creating characters that walk off the screen and into your life. Her own story will make its way to us shortly by way of memoir. Even when the muse strikes, Jill recently told Elle she tries to keep her hours family-kosher: "This industry was created for men to be like, 'Sorry, honey, I'm working on a movie. Sorry, not going to make it home.' There's this illusion that you've got to work long, crazy hours, and it's really hard. But it's really not."
Children: Isabelle, 1
There’s so much to love about Kerry Washington—even more than her mesmerizing turn as White House fixer Olivia Pope in fellow power mom Shonda Rhimes’s hit Scandal. This new mom is a hardcore activist, having just received the Vanguard Award for promoting equality at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. She was also the 2014 Ambassador for the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse, an organization that empowers domestic violence and financial abuse survivors. And way back in 2009 she was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities. Kerry is also a member of the V-Counsel, a group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. Up next showbiz-wise? The lead in rom-com film Is He the One, currently in pre-production. Regarding her new role as a mom, she recently told Entertainment Weekly: ”The thing that has changed the most about me since I became a mom is that my heart keeps getting bigger and bigger.”
Children: Ava, 15, Deacon, 11, and Tennessee, 2
Recently named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, the incredibly talented Reese is fresh off of two Academy Award nods one for her turn as best actress in Wild and another for her role as producer of the hit film Gone Girl. She has, of course, already won an Oscar for her performance as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. An actress since age 14, Reese certainly knows the business inside out and what makes for a challenging project. In the interest of producing better scripts for women, she formed production company Pacific Standard with partner Bruna Papandrea—and turned out both Gone Girl and Wild. Just opening is her third film as producer, buddy action comedy Hot Pursuit, in which she co-stars with Sofia Vergara. Even with so many red carpets to grace and scripts to pursue, she told the Cricket’s Circle blog that she’s launching an online business to promote handcrafted products created in her native South. She also discussed the sanctity of family time: “I love Sundays. We go to church, brunch and then just relax at home. We watch TV, play outside, and I attempt to cook dinner or bake something. It's all very relaxing and it reminds me how lucky I am to have such a wonderful family.”
Just named one of Time’s Most Influential People on the Internet and dubbed by The Telegraph UK as “China’s answer to Angelina Jolie,” Chen is way more than a beautiful actress starring in some of China's biggest romantic comedies. She was named UN Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador last June and uses her considerable Weibo (the Chinese Twitter) reach of 71 million followers to voice troubling social and environmental issues in her country. From humble beginnings, the superstar studied at Beijing Film Academy until making her initial debut on the big screen. Today she’s married to a cinematographer and has a baby son who she calles Xiao Tudou (“little potato”). As emotionally fulfilled as she is by her work, Yao recently told The Telegraph: “I’m happiest when I’m cooking and have a chance to stay in with my husband. He loves to play with his cameras and we love spending time with the baby. Even though he’s so young, we can really understand each other.”
Editor-In-Chief, Vogue Paris
Children: Antonin, 18, and Françoise, 10
Emmanuelle may have the power to raise and lower hemlines with the snap of a finger, but this tastemaker prefers to stay in the background, eschewing most interviews in favor of those featured in her publication. At the helm of Vogue Paris for the past four years, she has altered the more provocative take of former editor Carine Roitfeld, pointing her proverbial lens toward high fashion on real women of all ages. Emmanuelle was raised by a model mom and a choreographer dad and got her first gig at French Elle after having babysat for an editor. She then worked her way up the ranks. When asked by Telegraph UK if there's as much debate about working mothers in France as in Britain, she replied firmly: "Yeah, but I don't think guilt is a solution to anything. I know I'm not giving 100 percent of my time to my kids because I'm working, but I give all my free time to my kids. I don't do anything for myself. I don't go to the pool, I don't do sports, I don't go to see my friends on my own. But guilt is not a good example. They have always, since they were born, seen me leaving for work smiling. It's a gift to your kids, I think. It gives them the association of work and happiness. I am never grumpy about work.”
Children: Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12, Cruz, 10, and Harper, 3
Victoria earns continued props for her rebirth as a legitimate, high-powered fashion icon and businesswoman. When building her career as a designer, it took her family a while to figure out what she was up to. “It wasn’t until they first came to the show a few years ago that they realized that mummy has a proper job," she said in an interview with the New York Times. Untrained as a designer, she’s completely hands on, trying on all her clothes, working with shapes and making decisions from there. This untraditional approach seems to be working: Her namesake fashion lines are well-respected by power players in the industry and growing strong, with sales doubling between 2013 and 2014 to the tune of 30 million pounds in a single year. When asked by the host of Vogue online video series 73 Questions what's the greatest thing she’s learned from he kids, she playfully answered, “How to play football in the house and how to love unconditionally.”
Founder and CEO, Spanx
Sara proves time and again that total commitment, sheer determination and unwavering belief in yourself can make all the difference in the outcome of your business. Once upon a time, her fulfillment center was her bathroom she couldn’t afford a lawyer (so she studied patent law in the Georgia Tech library) and hosiery plants from Atlanta to North Carolina opted not to manufacture her product. Today, Spanx is valued at more than $1 billion, is sold in 60 countries and features eight stand-alone retail locations. She’s also big into paying it forward—the Sara Blakely Foundation has donated the upwards of $24 million to support education and female entrepreneurship. Sara’s latest greatest idea? Becoming co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks as of last month! As she told Marie Claire, quiet time helps her make business decisions: "When you spend time alone, that's when your gut really has a clear channel to you. It's so important to trust it. I think that trusting your gut is like a muscle. The more you do it, the stronger it gets. I recognized, just by asking myself some personal questions and also being quiet with myself, that I hear my gut the loudest when I'm driving in the car alone."
Designer and Founder, Tory Burch/Activist
Children: Nick and Henry, 17, and Sawyer, 14
With her ubiquitous logo anchoring trademark ballet flats, flip-flops and bags, Tory remains a stalwart purveyor of easy, breezy upscale chic. Her billion dollar brand is upheld by more than 120 freestanding boutiques and spaces in more than 3,000 department and specialty stores around the globe. Right now her eye is on continued growth. Remaining the company’s largest shareholder, she recently hired Roger Farah, formerly of Ralph Lauren, to further expand her brand’s offerings and reach. Her Tory Burch Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women’s economic empowerment, recently partnered with Bank of America to offer female entrepreneurs $10 million dollars in loans. In a recent Harper’s Bazaar Q&A, Tory credits her success to blood, sweat and timing: “I think it comes down to having a great idea and an amazing team and being willing to work incredibly hard. There's no such thing as an overnight success.”
Editor, Cosmopolitan, and Editorial Director, Seventeen
Children: Thomas, 16, and Hugo, 14
In publishing, you’re only as good as your last headline—and Joanna knows headlines. Sometimes regarded as America’s first feminist publication, the formidable impact of the 128-year old Cosmo can’t be denied: Cosmo.com now attracts 30 million unique views per month, compared with the magazine’s 18 million monthly readership. Joanna makes our cut for how she’s infused a cerebral sensibility into the Cosmo brand, publishing essays by well-regarded authors and scoring the first interview with Jill Abramson after her firing from the top editorial spot at the New York Times (a huge publishing coup). Next up on Joanna's full agenda? Executive producer of an upcoming NBC TV pilot based on a woman’s magazine very much like hers. A New York Times profile revealed how weekends are her sacred time: “I never do any work on a Sunday, unless there’s a crisis. Saturday and Sunday are my days for restocking my brain, and I find if I don’t do that and I work Saturday and Sunday, I get tired. I like having Saturday and Sunday as a punctuation mark at the end of the week.” Don’t we all!
Creative Director and President, J. Crew
Children: Beckett, 8
Celebrated for elevating J.Crew from a basic jeans and t-shirts retail brand to fashion-forward favorite of Michelle Obama and Anna Wintour, Jenna is J.Crew because it's literally where she's spent her entire career. She landed her first job there fresh out of Parsons School of Design in New York City and worked her way up the ranks from an assistant position. Along the way, she has always been vocal about her creative vision, to the point of overhauling the look of the clothes, catalog and marketing strategy to utilize her coterie of influencers. As she told Marie Claire UK, her story is proof there’s no such thing as overnight success: “There's this idea that everybody has to have everything right away. But you have to let the slow burn happen. I wasn't the superstar. I had to work for it. Really long hours.” It’s paid off. Though sales took a hit the last quarter of 2014, J.Crew’s Madewell spin-off brand grew 33 percent to $74 million. In a recent New York magazine Q&A, Jenna alluded to her son Beckett when asked what her perfect day looked like: “No wi-fi. Ice cream. And Minecraft.”
CEO, JPMorgan Asset Management, JPMorgan Chase
Children: Mia, 12, Morgan 10, and Mason, 7
Named by American Banker as the most powerful woman in finance, Mary oversees the sixth-largest money management operation in the United States, with more than $2.5 trillion in assets. What’s more, she’s empowering fellow women in finance with two programs aimed at giving women in the industry a greater range of opportunities for career advancement. She instituted Women on the Move, a program she co-created to send top-ranking women at JPMorgan's New York City headquarters on round-the-world trips to meet with other female staffers. Another program, ReEntry, was designed to bring women who have taken breaks from asset management back into the fold. As she told American Banker: "Women fall out of the workforce during years where they wanted to do other things in their life, pursue a different job track or raise a family. When they're ready to return, they don't have a natural way of coming back into the industry.” Thanks to this mom of three girls, they do now.
CEO of U.S. Consumer and Commercial Banking
and CitiMortgage, Citibank
One of the most powerful women in banking, Jane is a finance world power player. But earlier in her career, during a tenure at Goldman Sachs, she didn’t think she could work the way she wanted and have a family. She spent a decade consulting at McKinsey, opting to work part-time to spend time with her two sons. When it came to balancing work and family, Jane said it was her husband who opted out of the fast-paced banking world to spend more time with their children back around 2008. “You cannot have it all at the same time,” she told CNN. “You can have it all, spread over decades. I think of my life in different chunks. When the kids were little, I needed to be around more, but it's different now.”
COO and Managing Director, World Bank Group/Economist
Ranked by Forbes as one of the world’s most powerful women, Sri is responsible for World Bank’s operations—everywhere. She also oversees the new global practices and cross-cutting solution areas to cultivate expertise that can tackle the most complex development challenges. In addition, she oversees other administrative vice presidencies and functions, including the Integrity Vice Presidency, Sanctions Board Secretariat and the Office of Evaluation and Suspension. Sri formerly served as Indonesia’s minister of finance and the coordinating minister of economic affairs. She recently visited Egypt and Tunisia to view the Bank’s interests and spoke at the China Development Forum, advising the nation’s leaders on how to adapt to their new normal. In March, she penned a piece for the World Post to advocate for gender equality across the globe: “We can do better. And we must, because when women succeed, they bring diversity into policy making and inclusiveness into policy. They are powerful drivers of growth and formidable fighters of poverty. In other words, they are a force no country, no society, no company, and no family can afford not to unleash fully.” Can we get an amen?
Chairman, Louis-Dreyfus Holdings
Children: Eric, 22, and Kyril and Mauric, 16
As chairman of Louis-Dreyfus, a Rotterdam-based commodities company and one of the world’s biggest traders of coffee, sugar and wheat, Margarita is worth $8.4 billion dollars, according to Forbes. An orphan from Russia, she met her beloved late husband Robert when they sat side-by-side on a plane. After he lost his battle with Leukemia in 2009, she took over the company and, recently, has been making some big changes to increase her stake from 65 to 80 percent (through a trust named Akira) and keep the company in the family. Margarita remains dedicated to the foundation she created in memory of her husband by directly supporting sustainable agriculture and food security to help small farmers in developing countries become more self-sufficient. Such a meaningful way to honor her family—as well as so many others.
President, Fidelity Personal Investing
Children: One son, 12
Heading up the Personal Investing division of Fidelity Investments, Kathy is in charge of mega bucks—overseeing more than $1 trillion in client assets, more than 13.5 million customer accounts and some 10,000 employees. Under her management, many of her division's products, services and customer experiences have been recognized for excellence by third-party organizations including Barron’s, SmartMoney, Kiplinger’s and more. She came to finance from a long tenure at Aetna, where she worked in both legal and government affairs positions. Kathy also, pardon the pun, pays it forward. For the past eight years, she’s mentored women from emerging countries through a Fortune and U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. As a LinkedIn Influencer, she shares her knowledge with the general public, frequently blogging about personal finance. When it comes to work life balance, Kathy told BizWomen: “I’m a big proponent of flexibility. There are ways to approach juggling work and entire life with less stress.” Right on the money!
Founder, SOHO China
Children: Two sons, 15 and 14
Xin rose from poor factory worker on the outskirts of Beijing to become one of the richest self-made women in the world, amassing a personal fortune of more than $3.6 billion, according to Forbes. After earning scholarships at Sussex and a master's degree at Cambridge, she began her career as as a Goldman Sachs Wall Streeter, but eventually returned to her native China, where she met her future husband and business partner, Pan Shiyi. Together they formed SOHO, now the largest real estate developer in China. (They own some New York real estate holdings, as well.) With more than 5 million followers on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter), Xin once made headlines by stating to a CNN reporter that what China really craves is democracy. She also has said she keeps her two teenage sons in check with an allowance—and strict discipline. When Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother author Amy Chua interviewed Xin, she admitted she was raising her sons as she had been raised in the interest of a future payoff. After all, she knows how to cash in on a serious work ethic.
VP of Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook
Children: Daughters Kennedy and Taylor, 9
Your compulsive Facebook cruising is something Carolyn counts on—her team is the reason those product items you came across in your last search continue to tempt you on your page. She's a key player in leading Facebook’s epic global mobile ad sales team, its 2014 revenue ringing in at $12.47 billion (a boost of 58 percent year-over-year). Mind you, Facebook also owns Instagram, giving access to approximately 200 million monthly users globally. Before Facebook, Carolyn was CVP of global ad sales and strategy at Microsoft and EVP of strategy and operations at MTV Networks. She recently told genConnect that the key to managing career and family is less about work life balance and more about work life integration: “I say Mommy works because we need to pay the mortgage…I am trying to instill a work ethic in the kids that hopefuly will last a lifetime.”
Children: Two, 15 and 13
Helping behemoth clients like Kraft, Oreo, HBO and Coca-Cola reach more than 250 million consumers, this former New York Times reporter has led one of the top three agencies on Advertising Age's Agency A-List for three years running. The agency has also been named MediaPost's OMMA Agency of the Year two years straight and garnered awards at Cannes, the CLIOs, New York Festivals, the One Show and the Shorty Awards. Sarah sits on the 4A’s board of directors and was named to the 2014 AAF Hall of Achievement. When asked by AdWeek how her two teenage kids feel about her success, she said: “When I got my most recent promotion, I came home from work that night and my kids had made dinner, they decorated the front of the house, they had this whole, like, ‘Congratulations, Mommy!’ They had a candlelit dinner and a big card. They're so incredibly supportive, and I think it's really great that they're seeing that and saying, not, ‘Oh, you're not home again’ but like, ‘Hey, you're doing something really cool.’”
Susan always knew she wanted two things in life: to have a big family and to do something meaningful. She’s pulled off both with flying colors. This February, the mom-of-five (one a newborn) became CEO of YouTube, a company she helped Google purchase back in 2006 for $1.65 billion. Did we mention she helped launch Google by renting her garage to two PhD students determined to make a great search engine? Even though she was pregnant, she quit her job at Intel to become Google's sixteenth employee. Today, YouTube is a $400 billion juggernaut, counting one billion unique monthly visitors. One of just six women CEOs at the top 100 tech companies in the United States, Susan has said she loves how the medium helps women elevate their careers. At the core of all her drive is her commitment to family—she tries to be home for dinner every night at 6:00 p.m. As she told the Today show: “I try, because I found that if I'm home for dinner, I can get the scoop from my kids on the day. After my kids go to bed, I check email. It's about having that balance."
Senior Vice President, Sales, Americas, Yahoo!
Children: Tess, 7
Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer poached Lisa from Amazon late last year for her track record of leadership, relationship building and revenue boosting. After joining Amazon in 2008, she rallied advertising business from very little to a revenue stream in the realm of $1 billion in 2015, according to eMarketer. Prior to Amazon, she spent a decade at Microsoft, where she oversaw sales for a division of MSN and spearheaded fundraising and program analysis for the International Rescue Committee, overseeing operations in New York and Hungary to support refugee relief programs. Clearly, she’s a working mom who values relationships of all kinds.
Businesswoman/Co-Founder and Co-Chair,
the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Children: Jennifer, 18, Rory, 16, and Phoebe, 13
They may be among the richest people in the world, but Melinda and husband Bill have literally set out to change the world with their bounty—to success. Via their 15-year-old foundation and with a focus on education and health, the hands-on couple donates huge amounts of money to charities like the World Health Organization and UNICEF and travels the world to improve circumstances for those less fortunate. They’ve plowed money into immunization programs that have helped to all but eradicated polio and reduced deaths from measles. Melinda recently stood with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the International Women’s Day launch of the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings: the Full Participation Project, having funded the research behind the report. This data-driven analysis of gender equality spans more than 20 years and 190 countries, outlining ways to level the playing field between the genders, from breastfeeding breaks to constitutional rights and compulsory education. When asked by Fortune to share the best advice she’s ever received, Melinda said: “It is hard for women who have families to juggle work and career and busy lives. On the day I die, I want people to think that I was a great mom and a great family member and a great friend. I care about that more than I care about anything else.” Now that’s what wealth really is.
Queen of Jordan/Human Rights Activist/Author
Children: Crown Prince Hussein bin Al Abdullah, 20, Princess Iman bint Abdullah,
18, Princess Salma bint Abdullah, 14, and Prince Hashem bin Al-Abdullah, 10
Her Majesty Queen Rania is a deeply compassionate philanthropist dedicated to empowering women and children in the Middle East and all over the world. A former Apple employee of Palestinian descent, she’s a modern leader who is highly vocal about human and equal rights in a region where it isn’t a given. Her website is emblazoned with messages promoting the education of children, and her nonprofit Jordan River Foundation (JRF) has helped families access resources to rise out of poverty for 10-plus years. What’s more, she’s been appointed an eminent advocate for UNICEF and honorary chairperson for UNGEI, where she campaigns on behalf of children in need. She’s also held a seat at the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum, of which she is a board member. Queen Rania is the author of New York Times best-selling kids’ book The Sandwich Swap, about diversity. In a CNN article, it was revealed that she is active on Twitter, describing herself as "a mum and a wife with a really cool day job.” We totally agree.
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Children: Helene, 7, and Matthew, 5
Sylvia walks a tightrope as our Secretary of Health and Human Services but somehow does so with the approval of both Democrats and Republicans. She's in charge of 11 agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Affordable Care Act and services and the enormous Medicare and Medicaid insurance programs. Sylvia was raised in a small town in West Virginia, graduated from Harvard cum laude and became a Rhodes scholar at Oxford. Impressive prior gigs include deputy chief of staff to the President, chief of staff to the Secretary of the Treasury, staff director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration, president of the Walmart Foundation, president of global development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a board seat at MetLife. Recently, on the Health and Human Services blog, she wrote lovingly about her own children while emphasizing the importance of vaccinations: “In a world of unknowns, we can all make sure that our families don’t have to needlessly suffer from easily preventable diseases. That’s security that every child deserves.”
U.S. Senator, New York (D)
Children: Theodore, 11, and Henry, 6
This powerhouse senator—one of only two women in the U.S. Senate with young children—works tirelessly for women’s causes. With bipartisan support, she sponsored the Campus Accountability and Safety Act it allows students across the country to report on how their colleges are handling (and mishandling) rape cases, adds funds for training to make sure students who come forward are properly treated and imposes penalties that could amount to up to 1 percent of the college’s budget (for many schools in the millions). The STOCK Act, which she co-authored, demands transparency by making insider trading in Congress clearly and expressly illegal. Determined to protect women in the military and end military sexual assault, she also supports the Military Justice Improvement Act. The recent author of a New York Times best-selling book Off the Sidelines: Speak Up, Be Fearless and Change Your World, she said she wrote the book as a call to action for young women to rise above sexism in the workplace. She told ABC 7 Online: “It’s important for young women reading this book to know they’re not alone. These comments are pervasive in workplaces and that it doesn’t have to mean anything. They can actually push past it and they don’t have to feel demeaned, defined or belittled.”
Governor, South Carolina (R)
Children: Rena, 16, and Nalin, 13
Fresh into her second term in office as the youngest U.S. governor—and first female governor of South Carolina—Nikki is getting ready to take things, as she recently said in an interview with WYFF 4, “to the next level.” She was born to Sikh immigrants from Punjab, India, and graduated from Clemson University with a political science degree. Before being elected governor, she served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2010. And she plans on “stepping it up” during her next term. Her state dropped support of the Common Core education standards under her watch, and she intends to make ethics reform a top priority, given her penchant for accountability in politics. But she’s also accountable to her family: In her State of the State address earlier this year, she gave props to her daughters, Rena and Nalin, for taking their time in public life in stride.
President, Center for American Progress
Children: Ilina, 12, Jaden, 9
Having gained considerable experience in domestic policy from her work in both the Obama and Clinton administrations as well as think tanks, Neera ascended to her current position after serving as COO. It was after the Today show's Matt Lauer asked fellow power mom Mary Barra whether she could run an automotive company and raise kids concurrently that Neera penned a missive on ThinkProgress.org. In it, she both chastised the NBC host and also nodded to the just-convened White House Summit on Working Families, which her organization co-hosted and where a thousand advocates, business leaders, policy makers, workers and Working Mother brainstormed “about how to drag public policy and public sentiment into the 21st century.” The fact that Neera used the term “drag” defines the root of the problem. Ready for the solution, she’s backing Hillary Clinton’s current bid for the White House. She also wrote a powerful piece last summer about the plight of the working mom for the National Journal: “I'm fully aware that I would not be heading the Center for American Progress, as a mother of two, without being so lucky in my husband and former boss. I had the chance to step up in my career when my kids were young, not step back. That's impossible for most women in the U.S.”
Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores, Apple
Children: Jennings, 19, Sommer, 18, and Angelina, 14
There’s a lot of power in heading up the ubiquitous Apple $20 billion retail operation—especially with the launch of the new Apple watch—but as former CEO of Burberry, Angela was quite prepared to promote a huge product launch from a legacy brand with panache. Having earned a reported $73 million in her first year at Apple, the Apple Watch launch was a test of Angela’s mettle. The first new product offering since the iPad, Angela didn’t launch it in their retail stores. Instead she made its purchase available online only, elevating it to a luxury accoutrement available to try on at exclusive retailers around the world, like Colette in Paris—and drawing lines around the block. Along with big launches, this Midwestern-born workmom is big into family. In an interview with Makers, she said family has always come first: “If I’m a better mother, if I’m a happy wife and my husband’s happy, I will be a better executive and the company will win.”
CEO, General Motors
Children: Son, 17, daughter, 16
Mary has always been driven towards the automobile industry—literally. At GM for 34 years, she started as an 18-year-old co-op student at the Pontiac Motor division of General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), where she earned a degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. in 2014, she saw some ups and downs in her first year as the first female CEO of GM. Although CNN reports she made $16.2 million last year, she was scrutinized for a GM faulty ignition switch scandal that led to a recall costing the company $4 billion and has been tied to as many as 87 deaths. She apologized for how GM executives failed to recall the cars, set up a $500 million compensation fund for recall victims and their families and called for an independent investigation into what she termed a "fundamental failure,” leading to the dismissal of 15 executives. Of her dedication to the industry, Mary recently told Fortune: “If you are doing something you are passionate about, you are just naturally going to succeed, and a lot of other things will happen that you don’t need to worry about. There are so many opportunities and choices that women can make or anyone can make about what they do. Do something you are passionate about. Life is too short.”
President and CEO, Sam’s Club, a Division of Walmart
Children: One son and one daughter
Rosalind makes our list time and again for her exemplary leadership—she was cited by Fortune as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for the past several years and will speak at the 2015 Forbes Women’s Summit. The first woman and first African American to become CEO at Sam’s Club, she began her career as an organic chemist at Kimberly-Clark, where she worked for more than 20 years. In her current position since 2012, Roz has been striving to expand Sam’s Club offerings, adding organic items to meet the changing needs of restaurants and also expanding offerings from private labels. She’s also guiding the retailer toward expanding its online presence, integrating stores and e-commerce, and implementing consumer-friendly mobile payment processing. When asked by Capital Style for the best business tip she could offer, she said: “Lead with your gut. Usually my gut doesn’t steer me wrong. It’s that initial reaction to something that’s likely the right reaction. Then I usually follow it up with numbers and all the other things that are important. But my gut usually tells me what to do next.”
President, CVS Pharmacy, and EVP, CVS Health
This mom is committed to making the country a healthier place—and she’s literally put her money where her mouth is. As president of CVS’s $65.6 billion retail business, Helena is in charge of more than 7,700 pharmacies serving some 5 million people. Having been at CVS for 20 years, she grew the retailer into the largest pharmacy health care provider in the States. Helena made CVS the first pharmacy chain to stop selling tobacco products (though the risk was a loss of $2 billion in revenue) and rebranded the chain CVS Health. Of this commitment, Helena told Fortune: “I think a lot of times making a business decision is like being a marathoner. In other words, you know what the finish line is that you really want to get to but, along the way, it’s not always pure joy. There are really hard moments. But if you keep your eye on the prize, it’s part of what drives you to get there.”
EVP, Walmart International
Gisel’s inspiring career trajectory shows a rise to the C-suite through hard work and determination. Her career at Walmart began in 1992 as a store management trainee and eventually led to her being responsible for 350 employees. Although her father never went to school and her mother never made it past middle school, their support allowed Gisel to focus on her studies. As she said in an interview with the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR): “All while I was growing up, they had an amazing passion for ensuring that my sister and I got set up for success, especially through education.” It certainly worked: Today, as EVP of Walmart International, Gisel is dedicated to giving back through various diversity and mentorship programs. As she told HACR: “Looking back there were so many people in my career who chose to help me, who chose to support me, and took the time to do that because they had an interest in me. It’s more of a personal responsibility than a professional one. It really is about giving back considering what you’ve received.”
President and CEO, Oracle
The world’s top paid female exec and CFO—to the tune of $44.3 million in total compensation—Safra got promoted last year to Oracle co-CEO alongside Mark Hurd after the company's longtime founder stepped down to executive chairman position. This puts Safra in charge of all manufacturing, finance and legal decisions. First joining Oracle as senior VP in 1999, Safra worked her way up to executive VP within seven short months and became president by 2004. She served as Oracle’s interim CFO from November 2005 to September 2008, only to return in 2011 as full-time CFO. Born in Israel to a nuclear physicist and Holocaust survivor, Safra had done her share of big banking deals before Oracle at investment bank Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. But she's not one to be interested in the spotlight. In a recent Business Insider interview, partner Mark Hurd revealed what it’s like to work with her: “When you work with someone like Safra who is smart, knows the business, is a fierce competitor, is easy to work with, it is a hell of lot easier than doing these jobs alone. I love every minute.”
Renée is co-leading the $52 billion dollar company through a change, receding from PCs and targeting growth segments like wearable technology, gaming and mobile computing, according to Forbes. During her quarter-century tenure, she's worked her way up the ropes from technical assistant to chief executive Andy Grove—an anomaly because she held an MBA instead of an engineering background. She eventually led the company's strategic expansion into services for applications in security, cloud-based computing and smartphones. Earlier this year, she announced Intel’s $300 million investment in training and recruiting female and other groups of under-represented computer scientists. She also holds a spot on President Obama's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, along with another of our power moms, showrunner Shonda Rhimes. Of the glaring lack of women in tech, she told the India Times: “It's as difficult today for a woman in tech to progress in her career as it was 25 years ago. In some ways it is harder. The business has got bigger it's a force in the world of growth. In many countries, IT is a pillar of growth and attracts a lot more competitive talent. Plus, there aren't more women coming out of engineering on a percentage basis for the top jobs.”
Senior EVP & Global Marketing Officer, AT&T Children: Two
At AT&T since 1997, Lori was promoted to the top marketing officer spot after Cathy Coughlin stepped down just last month. Prior to that, Lori managed the $23 billion Home Solutions division, boosting high-speed Internet and including all consumer wireline services as well as U-Verse, AT&T’s fastest-growing unit. Lori was also a key player in the $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV in May. Originally from Springfield, MO, Fortune named her one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2014. She's also a board member of the National Film Institute. Lori is all business—she keeps her personal life offline—but in light of how much she’s accomplished, who could blame her?
Children: Macallister, 2
Since Marissa assumed the role of CEO, Yahoo! has undergone a complete metamorphosis—and it seems she's got more changes in store. She led the build-out of its content verticals, rebuilt and relaunched its email app, bought mobile apps and integrated them into the company’s big picture—and on and on. This is Marissa’s forté, as she led the development of Google's most successful products for 13 years, putting her stamp on the search engine’s look and feel. At the time of her Yahoo! appointment in 2012, she was one of only 20 female CEOs at the helm of a Fortune 500 company. In a field dominated by men, she never saw herself as a minority, telling Business Insider: “The moment you play into that, it's an issue. In technology we live at a rare, fast-moving pace. There are probably industries where gender is more of an issue, but our industry is not one where I think that's relevant.”
Partner, Aspect Ventures/Entrepreneur
Theresia returns to our list for her continued entrepreneurial savvy and determination to rise above gender bias in venture capitalism. After all, women get what women buy, and since more than 50 percent of many mobile and social services target women, the benefit of female investors on the board of a new venture should be obvious. An engineer, an experienced entrepreneur and a successful investor in the mobile space, Theresia co-founded Aspect Ventures after being a partner at Accel for 15 years and with IPOs for companies like Trulia, Birchbox and LearnVest under her belt. On the boards of several private and public companies, she was the founding VP of business development and sales at the venture-backed company Release Software. Before that, she worked at Bain & Company and as a product manager at Silicon Graphics. If her current workload (and chasing after two young kids) weren’t enough, she serves as a fellow on Brown University’s corporation board, vice-chair of DonorsChoose.org and a co-teacher of a Stanford University course on venture capital. "The fastest way to make cultural change," Theresa told CNBC, "is when you see something that is not being met in the marketplace is to go out there and start your own firm."
Children: Two sons, 8 and 6
She joined Facebook in 2008, when it was yet to be fiscally sound. But the tremendous power and influence Sheryl has built in the meantime is undeniable. The best-selling author of Lean In is also building a movement toward gender equality in the workplace. And just a few months ago, she launched a new initiative, “Lean In Together,” targeting men and their role in the gender equality equation. Her conversation with Nate Silver from FiveThirtyEight best explains her point: “When we get to more equality in our homes we have happier marriages, happier relationships and more successful, happier and healthier children.” In a very recent interview with USA Today, she called working fathers to action: "We have to recognize that people are both workers and a lot of them are also parents. We need to make work, work for parents. As a society we don't do that well.” Very sadly, Sheryl's working-father husband, SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg, passed away suddenly due to a head trauma on May 1. She called him “. my best friend. and the love of my life” as well as a 50/50 partner in “Lean In.” Our hearts go out to Sheryl and her family.
President and COO, SpaceX
Children: Two teenagers
With the world watching as Falcon 9 (a reusable rocket) tested and crashed recently due to a slow throttle valve response, Space X has recently come under the spotlight—just as its fearless leader makes our list. Gwynne runs the day-to-day operations of the commercial space exploration company and manages more than $5 billion in contracts, including a $1.6 billion contract with NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. Her background is in math and mechanical engineering, and she admits she didn’t even so much as watch Star Trek as a kid. Before joining Space X, she spent 10 years at Aerospace Corporation and after was director of Microcosm Inc.'s space systems division. According to an interview she did with the Northwestern alumni magazine, Gwynne volunteers with cancer patients and spends what limited down time she has cooking, reading and watching movies with husband Robert, an engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, and their two children.
Vice President of Global Media, Twitter
Children: Ellie, 14, and Declan and Caleigh, 12
Talk about influence: Katie is the woman behind the relationships Twitter has with your favorite TV show or sports team. After Twitter media chief, Chloe Sladden, left the company last summer, Katie took over her duties while maintaining her own, becoming the head liaison to a range of industries including television, sports and music to forge better connections between networks and fans. At Twitter for four years, she previously worked at Yahoo! and Google and spent time in the political realm, at the White House under President Obama and the State Department under Secretary Clinton. Katie is vocal about the gender divide that still exists in Silicon Valley and took to Medium to vent about missing a sacred family dinner to attend the Crunchie awards—only to witness a few interactions that depicted a public lack of respect for women. “Silicon Valley has so much talent and there is a lot of innovation to celebrate,” she wrote. “But last night was no celebration. It was a dismal reminder of how much work we still have to do.” Here’s to female tech pioneers like Katie who insist on changing the landscape.
The shocking image of Maya Rudolph’s bride soiling her wedding dress made it clear that the director Paul Feig’s comedy — written by its star, Kristen Wiig, and Annie Mumolo — wasn’t just another smiley and sickly sweet wedding picture. The intestinal distress heard ’round the world helped demolish the sexist cliché that women can’t be funny. Yes, they can, laughing all the way to the bank. Just ask Melissa McCarthy, who went on to become one of the decade’s few genuine new movie stars. (Stream on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube.)
When Elsa belted “Let It Go” in Disney’s animated musical, she didn’t only claim her power, she announced the might of the female moviegoing audience, itself one of the decade’s biggest industry stories. That audience helped make “Frozen” one of the highest-grossing animated releases in history, reviving and revising Disney’s fairy-tale tradition for a new generation. (Stream on Amazon, Disney +, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube.)
The Age Parents Most Influence Their Kids
Parenting is a tough job, and one that never ends, regardless of how old your children are. Parents are responsible for instilling values in their children and guiding them as they grow to be the best people they can be, and while their influence may lessen as their children grow into adulthood, the impact of how a child is raised is felt throughout their lives.
Every parent knows parenting babies is different than parenting toddlers, which is different than parenting adolescents and older teens. But at which age is how you parent the most impactful? A recent study looking at when parents most influence their children's behavior found that respondents felt that adolescence is the age where parents have the most impact on their children. The study writes that "that the period for greatest impact of parenting on a child’s development occurs at adolescence, at a median age of 12 years."
Adolescence seems to be such a crucial time in a child's life due in large part to the impact peer pressure has on a child. The study found caregivers noted that early to mid-adolescence is where parents had the most influence because puberty "opens distinctive maturational windows in body and brain as well as socio-emotional development with enduring effects on function and health." The parents who took part in the study didn't minimize the impact that parents have on younger children but did state that "things you can do to guide outcomes of older children (discussing, instructing, being a role model, instilling moral norms) are not relevant or effective for the very young, who “have no sense” until later cognitive development occurs."
Parenting also changes when kids hit adolescence. As children get older and begin to push back against their parents, perhaps engaging in a bit of common rebellion, a positive parental influence becomes more important than ever. As Dr. Carl Pickhardt explained in Psychology Today, "the child tends to idealize the parents, the adolescent tends to criticize the parents, and the young adult tends to rationalize the parenting received." He explains that when a child hits adolescence they begin to test their boundaries and do more questioning, which sometimes results in challenging behavior. Parents, who were once adored by their children may be at odds with their kids as they hit puberty, but Pickhardt doesn't see that as a bad thing. "More complaints are the order of the day, and in a way, this is not a bad thing," he explained. "After all, if parents weren't considered difficult to live with, why ever leave?"
Parenting adolescents is hard, and parents often undervalue the influence they have over their kids. In a survey conducted by Empowered Parents, parents felt they fell behind friends, teachers, and the media when it came to the list of influencers in their children's lives. Surprisingly, the youths who took the survey actually listed their parents as their number one influencer, ahead of other family members, teachers, friends, and extracurricular activities and clubs.
Most experts seem to agree that adolescence is a challenging time for parents. It's a time when children begin to express their autonomy and often rebel simply to challenge authority. It's a time when they seem to have little regard for consequences and often act out. So how can parents best influence their children as they navigate through the highs and lows of puberty and adolescence? Experts suggest that when it comes to parenting adolescents, listening more and lecturing less is key. Younger teens and older tweens will react better if parents truly spend the time listening to their problems and being empathetic towards them instead of 'nagging' which can create defensiveness in your child.
Greater Good Magazine suggests always using an open-ended question when having discussions with your child. As a way of getting your child to open up as much as they're comfortable ask questions that include“. or maybe there is something else you would rather discuss? What do you think?” in order to best encourage them to share anything that's on their mind with you. Experts also suggest modeling positive behavior for your kids. While adolescents may seem withdrawn and apathetic towards their parents, they are always watching to see how their parents react in certain situations. The role of a positive role model is one a parent has regardless of the age of their child. Parenting your adolescent may be frustrating and challenging, but your kids are learning more from you at this point in their lives than any other, so it's important to be as positive and encouraging as possible while allowing your child to learn how to express themselves and become their own person.
20 Food Blog Topics for When You’re Uninspired
Okay, blog peeps. Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt so drained of inspiration that you are convinced it’s the end of the world. You begin thinking irrational thoughts like “my blog will never be successful! this is the end to *enter blog name* as I know it!” You start re-thinking your entire purpose in the blogosphere and what EVEN ARE YOU DOING?! “Gee, you’re not yourself when you have writer’s block”, your friends will say, as they hand you a spoonful of peanut butter.
Well, I’ve been there. Many, many, many times. Some days I’m driving home or on a morning run and it’s like every epic blog post idea you could imagine comes flowing through my head like a violent river passing through a bed of rocks. Of course, these are instances where recording ideas is very limited. Oh, and then there are times when my mind is a vast, black hole and I’m close to not even knowing my own name.
Today is a good day, because I’m feeling inspired, and I’ve compiled a list of quality, interesting topics for you to write about when you’ve got nothin’ in ya. On those horrible, discouraging days, simply come back to your good friend TBB and lean on my virtual shoulder.
1. Share your go-to meals for when you’re feeling lazy
2. A recipe passed down for generations in your family (if you’re willing to share, that is!)
3. What makes the food culture in your city different than others
4. Document your next experience at a restaurant, good or bad
5. Talk about your culinary journey – when did you start cooking, and why did you? what were you afraid of at first, and how did you overcome those fears?
6. Share a BTS post about your time in the kitchen
7. Talk about a number of cities that you want to visit, and what excites you about their respective food scenes
8. Share a ‘day-in-the-life’, spotlighting your meals and food rituals
9. Talk about where your love of food stems from? (i.e.: my mother is from Cuba, father from Louisiana, so I grew up around food!)
10. Interview someone – a local chef, a local restauranteur, your favorite food blogger, your grandma (the best chefs, let’s face it)
11. Talk about your favorite, healthy foods, and the benefits of those foods
12. Share a recipe, but also share any failures you faced during the experimentation period – people love to see that you are human!
13. Talk about different fast food joints, and share a healthier replacement for each one
14. Find a generally, infamously unhealthy recipe and transform it into a healthier option
15. Carry out a ‘snack giveaway’ full of your favorite snacks
16. Try a new product: a food product, a food subscription box, an appliance or tool, etc, and review it for your readers
17. Share a simple how-to post – i.e.: how to chop an onion, how to make mashed potatoes, how to make an omelet
18. Share a list of your favorite chefs or influential people in the food industry and why you look up to them
19. Share your favorite cookbooks, and include photos of a recipe from one of them that you made
20. Share a list of thoughts that go through your head when you’re cooking something unfamiliar, as told by GIFs
Bettina Elias Siegel is a mom of two and a nationally recognized writer and advocate on issues relating to children and food policy. She is also the author of the new book, Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World (Oxford University Press, November, 2019).
A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, Bettina practiced intellectual property, advertising, and food law in New York City for almost a decade before turning to a career in freelance writing. In early 2010, she became interested in improving the food in her children’s school district, Houston ISD, and soon after launched The Lunch Tray , a blog about all things related to “kids and food, in school and out.”
Bettina’s writing on children and food has since appeared in many other outlets , including the New York Times, the Guardian, the Houston Chronicle, and Civil Eats. She also appears frequently on national and local television and radio, including Today, The Doctors, ABC World News Tonight, and Anderson, and she has been featured or quoted in a wide variety of publications, including the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Parents, Texas Monthly, and Politico. In 2015, Family Circle named Bettina one of the country’s Most Influential Moms, In 2015, Family Circle named Bettina one of the country’s Most Influential Moms, and in 2020, she was named one of Heroines Revolutionizing Food Activism to Improve the Planet” by Food Tank.
Bettina has also spearheaded three victorious Change.org petition campaigns relating to school children and food, making her one of the most successful petitioners in the organization’s history:
- The first, in 2012, quickly garnered over 250,000 signatures and led the USDA to change its policy on “lean, finely textured beef” (popularly referred to as “pink slime”) in school food ground beef.
- The second, launched with a fellow advocate in 2014, sought to keep chicken processed in China out of school meals. It also went viral, garnering almost 330,000 signatures and resulting in victory.
- Siegel launched her third petition in late 2015 after breaking an exclusive story on The Lunch Tray regarding a highly misleading “nutrition education” video which McDonald’s hoped to show in schools. The petition garnered 90,000 signatures, was covered on the front page of the Washington Post,Today and The Doctors, leading McDonald’s to scrap its plans for the initiative.
Bettina is the author and illustrator of Mr. Zee’s Apple Factory, a free 12-minute rhyming video to teach young children about highly processed food, which has received over 52,000 views and has become a valued resource for teachers’ nutrition education curricula. She’s also the author of the free 50-page e-book, The Lunch Tray’s Guide to Getting Junk Food Out of Your Child’s Classroom, which has been downloaded by thousands of parents and is now in its second edition. (Download a free copy here. )
Bettina lives in Houston with her husband and two children, and may be found on Twitter @thelunchtray .
These are some of the best food influencers on Instagram, who can help promote your brand and spread brand awareness.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shane Barker is a digital marketing consultant who specializes in influencer marketing, content marketing, and SEO. He is the Co-Founder of Attrock, a digital marketing agency. He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, influencers with digital products, and a number of A-List celebrities.