More Than They Tell Us: Our Rights as Pregnant and Parenting Students
By Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr
It’s hard enough to stay in school as a mama, but if your school is discriminating against pregnant and parenting students it can be damn near impossible. If you are pregnant or parenting, you have a right to stay in school. More than... Find Out More
Give Me Just One Good Reason
by Mary DuChene
Many days I get home from work and class at 3 p.m. and realize I haven’t had a chance to eat or pee since 7:30 in the morning. I pick up the mail and sometimes, if I am lucky, there’s a child support check. The last one was for $184.63. The check stub helpfully informs me that the... Find Out More
Ordinary Angels by Tovi McCoy Four years back.
Sitting locked inside a bathroom stall trying to control the tears. In this high school I knew well. I had gone there almost two full semesters, a long time for someone whowent to nine different high schools before actually graduating. I decided I would not come out of the stall... Find Out More
by Rebecca Trotzky Sirr
The first United States Social Forum in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2007 brought over ten thousand community organizers and leaders together to build a vision for a world based in real justice and democracy. Young people and children played a strong and visible role. Girl-Mom and our allied sister organizations... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."