Cynthia Changyit Levin cared deeply about global poverty and hunger even before becoming a parent. But mothering her own children toughened her resolve to stand up for her values and work to become a better world for all kids. In this inspirational book “From Changing Diapers to Changing the World: Why Moms Make Great Advocates and How to Get Started,” Levin offers step-by-step instructions on how to be an effective advocate, even while juggling diapers and naps. She shows how advocacy can take many forms, from phone calls and letters to fundraising and speaking in the halls of Congress. With warmth and humor, she demystifies the process of connecting with government officials, weaving in uplifting stories of mothers who have taken successful action on causes important to them. Besides improving the lives of others, mom-advocates also serve as great role models for their children, setting an example of grit and good character.
With their talents, persistence, and passion for helping others, mothers can inspire action to solve community and global problems…and become the change they want to see in the world.
Cynthia Changyit Levin is a mother, advocate, writer, and speaker. A rare breed of non-partisan activist who works across a variety of issues, she coaches volunteers of all ages to build productive relationships with members of Congress. She advocated side-by-side with her two children from their toddler to teen years and crafted a new approach to advocacy based upon her strengths as a mother. Cynthia’s writing and work have appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, the Washington Post, and many other national and regional publications. She received the 2021 Cameron Duncan Media Award from RESULTS Educational Fund for her citizen journalism on poverty issues. When she’s not changing the world, Cynthia is usually curled up reading sci-fi/fantasy novels or comic books in which someone else is saving the world.Learn More
For more than seven years, Cynthia was a strong voice in my community speaking out in partnership with people living in poverty. Involved constituents like her are invaluable assets to our policymakers. With so many pressing demands in Washington and our state capitals, persistent voices like Cynthia's help drive positive change. Her book can help grow a movement of powerful moms! I have enjoyed watching Cynthia and the RESULTS Chicago team work their magic. These volunteer activists are always prepared with stories and information needed to make informed decisions about policies impacting the lives of real people. I remember that she even brought her young children to meetings with her until they became advocates themselves! I've come to consider her a friend. Cynthia's methods of activism are the gold standard of citizen engagement and this book is a must-read for anyone looking to get more involved!
—Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
I've always believed that mothers make the best advocates: we're efficient and effective and we're passionate about the safety of our communities. Moms Demand has shown how a movement of mothers and allies working together can influence local and national policies. Levin shares some of those stories and offers clear instructions for impactful actions, so everyone can join in and make the world a better place.
—Shannon Watts Founder, Moms Demand Action Author, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World
As a parent of three daughters, I've said countless times that there should be a rule book for how to do this. The phrase 'WonderMom' is used to cover all manner of excuses why my wife ends up doing everything. While she might raise an eyebrow if I handed this book to her, I think she'd devour it and give it to her friends.
—Sean Astin Actor, Goonies, Rudy, Stranger Things, and Lord of the Rings trilogy Host, Vox Populi political podcast