Partner Spotlight: and Joan Blades

A growing number of innovative organizations and individual leaders are recognizing the importance of working together across sectors to achieve whole systems change. As a network, we are building services and a structure to support collaborative leadership, collective impact, and collective funding among a number of organizations who are working for cross-sector change.

One of these partner organizations is, a network that works to address the most critical issues facing women, mothers, and families by educating the public and mobilizing large-scale  grassroots action. Through this network, Co-Founder and Board President Joan Blades and her team educate the public, bring the voices and real world experiences of women and mothers straight to our local, state, and nation's leaders, and work to accelerate policy change.

MomsRising is an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization that spans all 50 states, unified by a mission to increase economic security for moms, women and families in the U.S. The organization's growth is impressive and inspiring: what started as a small group of women looking to put an end to gender discrimination is now a large-scale organization with more than a million members.

MomsRising believes in the leadership and influence each woman brings to the table individually, while also recognizing the importance of working as a team for collective impact -- an approach that It’s Time Network is grounded in and promotes through its very structure and programs. Every single one of us can have an impact, and as each voice joins the conversation, that impact is amplified. MomsRising members aren’t necessarily nonprofit or political leaders with authoritative titles or pedigree -- they’re women who have seen a need for change and want to take the necessary steps to make it happen. Together, they have made it their mission to build a nation where both businesses and families can thrive.

MomsRising also works to bring light to and address relevant issues in politics and in the corporate world, by accelerating grassroots impact on Capital Hill and holding corporations accountable for fair treatment of women and mothers. Through united goals and a framework of economic justice for women, mothers and families, MomsRising is making major advancements:

  • Maternity/Paternity Leave - One critical issue facing women and mothers today is paid maternity and paternity leave. This past year, MomsRising made incredible strides for change around the issue, marking 2015 as the tipping point in their campaign for paid leave. To facilitate change, MomsRising members shared their stories, met with elected officials at every level of government, and urged those running for office to support the cause. MomsRising members are the root of the change that has now caused a domino effect; as a result of their efforts, a dozen municipalities passed leave for local government employees, while cities across the country are on the verge of passing paid family leave. The FAMILY Act - the paid maternity, paternity, medical leave insurance bill gained 113 co-sponsors in the House and 20 in the Senate, and a number of large  companies like Facebook announced the expansion of their paid leave programs.

  • Working for Gun Safety - In response to the tragic violence in Orlando, Florida, MomsRising has launched an anti-gun violence campaign to not only support the LGBTQ community, but to inspire change for our nation. MomsRising members are taking a stand against violence and making their voices heard by writing to congress and voting in support of background checks on all gun sales. Here’s what you can do to join them in making progress.

Joan Blades also co-founded with her husband in 1997. Since then, the organization has pioneered online organizing and advocacy techniques that are now standard in politics, nonprofits, and industry worldwide. Most recently, Joan co-founded Living Room Conversations, a new platform which provides the opportunity for people with different opinions and backgrounds to come together through social networks to engage in self-guided conversations on specific topics. Living Room Conversations create a safe space for people to discuss politics, and ultimately bring people together with one goal in mind: creating a better future.

Blades is a true innovator, and has made it her life’s passion to find solutions to challenges our nation faces. Through empowerment and leadership, she and the members of work together for collaborative action, and lead from where they are every day.  

It’s Time Network is honored to partner with Joan and and support their mission to fuel positive change for women and families in America.

Want to learn more about, and stay updated on their progress? Visit their website, or connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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