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8 ways moms are helping America

In recent weeks, stories about dads have flooded news sites everywhere. But what are moms doing to help the United States and its culture?
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: June 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm •  Published: June 17, 2014
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Father’s Day has passed and it left a bundle of stories on dads in its wake.

But what about the moms of America? Is there something to say about what they’re bringing to society, too?

It appears so, as recent articles and news reports are looking at what moms are doing. And much of what they are doing is receiving positive remarks.

Here are eight things moms are doing in today’s society.

They’re fighting for social change

Yes, moms are on strike.

Working mothers across the United States are walking out of their local Walmarts and petitioning for better wages, according to Socialist Worker, a social issues news website.

The mothers are shining a light on the large retail chain that has been under scrutiny for its low wages in recent weeks, wrote Stephanie Schwartz from Socialist Worker.

“Given WalMart's size and strength, it's important to note the courage and tenacity of workers who continue to organize,” Schwartz wrote. “Small victories like rights for pregnant workers and improved scheduling systems can help build the confidence of workers to take on Walmart. There is a ways to go in this struggle, but with Walmart moms leading the way, Walmart looks a little less invincible than it once did.”

They’re staying home

More women are deciding to be at home, according to the Pew Research Center. In 2012, 29 percent of mothers with children younger than 18 stayed at home, which is an increase from 23 percent in 1999.

“The share of mothers who do not work outside the home has risen over the past decade, reversing a long-term decline in stay-at-home mothers,” Pew reported.

Not all stay-at-home mothers are thrilled with the idea, though.

They’re also working

For those mothers who are working, there may be benefits for their kids. NBC News reported on June 17 that kids whose mothers go to work tend to do better when they’re tested in kindergarten. However, this seems to apply only to children from low-income homes.

"Moms going back to work when children are still babies may affect the children differently in contemporary society because there are so many more working women today with greater responsibility for their families' income," said Caitlin McPherran Lombardi of Boston College, the leader of the study, told NBC News. "Different cultural attitudes, more readily available and higher-quality child care and more fathers participating in child rearing are other possible reasons for the difference."

They’re having a tough time with baby No. 2