When a mother focuses on an issue, it’s next to impossible to stop her from trying to solve it. That’s the message we heard over and over at the Moms +SocialGood event in New York City this week.
Actress and philanthropist Olivia Wilde, author and activist Elizabeth Smart, actress and TV host Padma Lakshmi, Ambassador Samantha Power, ABC News anchor Amy Robach, Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, Girls Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez, NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie and mothers from all over the world gathered in New York and in front of computer screens around the world to share their stories and use their voices at Moms +SocialGood to help improve the health and well-being of women and children everywhere.
Here are just a handful of our favorite moments!
– “Women’s voices not being heard is the root of many of the problems of the world,” said Padma Lakshmi. She encouraged us to “turn your pain into power.”
– “I feel so connected to mothers around the world and I’m committed to helping them any way I can,” said Olivia Wilde on how giving birth (just 2 weeks earlier) affected her outlook on life.
– “Don’t give up! You have worth that can’t be taken away from you no matter what,” said Elizabeth Smart when asked by NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie what her message to the girls abducted in Nigeria would be.
– “It’s not enough to survive, they have to thrive,” said Princess Sarah when talking about mothers and newborns.
– When trying to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, Ambassador Samantha Power said, “It does require not turning away, not getting overwhelmed, and feeling like you have to fix every problem to make a small difference on one.”
We listened and laughed and cried and learned so much. We can’t wait to share more with you in the coming days.
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