Remember those awful ads from the Candies Foundation that implied that young mothers can’t change the world? Well, of course we knew they were ridiculous, but this was just too good not to share – Wendy Davis, the Lebron James of filibustering, was a teen mom:
She began working after school at age 14 to help support her single mother and three siblings, according to her campaign website. “By 19, Wendy was a single mother herself, working two jobs to make ends meet in hopes of creating a better life for her young daughter.”
She pursued community college, then transferred to Texas Christian University. With the help of scholarships and loans, she graduated first in her class. She went on to graduate with honors from Harvard Law at the age of 33.
Well aren’t you looking pretty foolish these days, huh Candies? This is just the latest example of badass young mothers changing the world. Young mamas are STILL trying to get a meeting with someone at the Candies Foundation, and there are a bunch of ways you can help support them. Also, if you’re a young parent in New York City, the New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice is holding their No Stigma, No Shame Teen Families Conference on July 13th.
In other great news about young parents: the Department of Education recently affirmed the educational rights of pregnant and parenting teens.
(h/t to my gurls at Hip Hop is for Lovers for getting me hip to this tidbit about Wendy Davis on their radio show last night!)