How is our advocacy different?

In order for systems to change, groups of people need to hold structures of power accountable.

Pooja Lakshmin, MD

Unlike other policy and activist groups, we’re a collective of everyday mothers advocating for what we want. We’re not career political strategists.

A unifying voice representing all mothers.

While business interests have long been represented in the creation of policy and law, there hasn’t been a unifying voice representing mothers — all mothers — and their challenges.

We’re encouraging moms to recognize they have the power to pool their resources — bits of time, money, individual votes — and to speak out for change, locally and nationally.

IRL conversations about real-life change.

In partnership with Crowell & Moring, we convene in Washington, D.C. for fly-ins on a semi-monthly basis to speak strength to power in bipartisan (both Republican & Democrat), bicameral (both the House of Representatives & The Senate) meetings with members of Congress and government agencies.

Through our visits in 2023, we have created new pathways to progress on paid leave, affordable childcare, and maternal mental and physical health in this country.

Telling the stories of American mothers.

Fly-ins are advocacy days where we bring constituents to Washington, D.C. to meet with their legislators face-to-face. By telling the stories of American mothers, we are able to humanize the problems our country is facing, particularly around the causes we care most about: time to care/paid leave, affordable childcare, and improved maternal health outcomes. 

So what do we do in these meetings? In advance, we identify legislation and pieces of legislation that advance mothers’ rights. We then source stories of American women impacted by those pieces of legislation, pooling support for that legislation, and persuade lawmakers to support the same.

Read about our recent fly-ins.

How will we get it done?

Our federal advocacy strategy is working, and the effort is paying off.

In order to succeed, we need to simultaneously change law, policy, and our broader culture, creating an overdue societal shift toward supporting mothers. 

We’re doing this by brokering relationships between bipartisan offices, influencing new paid leave legislation and the administration of childcare and mental health funding, and finding new champions for mothers in Congress, the media, and executive agencies, plus forming meaningful alliances with longstanding policy leaders like the National Women’s Law Center.

Chamber of Mothers is a critical force in the ongoing fight for policies that affect moms across the country. I’ve witnessed them make critical headway, bringing the fight for federal paid leave into the mainstream. The fight is not over, and I am confident the Chamber will play a key role in influencing mom-centered policies for many years to come.

– Political strategist Emily Tisch Sussman

Our coalition partners

We also work alongside other advocacy groups who share our interests to get it done for and with mothers.

Our legislation

Read up on the bills we’re currently fighting for to make a difference in the lives of every mother.