girl-mom

Community Advocacy and Support by and for Young Mothers

Too young to question, Not old enough to be a mom
By Cecile

There are many things that I know now that I didn’t when I first became a mom. The one, most important thing that I wish I would have known was that no matter how young I was, I could be in control of my pregnancy and child rearing. While I was pregnant, I was referred... 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

Resistance is Not Futile by Lisa Becoming a mama at 17 has got to be one of the most radicalizing events I have ever been though. Finishing high school and going to college, jumping through welfare hoops and surviving, and just knowing what you're doing is revolutionary in and of itself. I finished high school a semester early and... Find Out More

Being a Zero

by Lacey

"Wow, how much do you weigh?"

"Where do you buy clothes that fit?"

"What size do you wear?"

Somewhere along the way these personal questions started seeming acceptable to strangers. Not only is it not their business, but a body shape that I'd never had to consider... Find Out More

About Girl-Mom

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."