In Their Shoes


As I campaign for Congress – and especially today – I think about my mom.  Nancy Beyer was the original social justice liberal and she expected no less of her six children.  She always taught​ us to think about the less fortunate in the world.

And she told us, time and again,​ to put ourselves in other people’s shoes – to try to imagine what their life is like.  So t​his Mother’s Day and for the last few weeks, my mind has been racing to Nigeria.

I’m thinking about being in the shoes of the Nigerian mothers whose daughters were kidnapped as they took their school final exams.  My heart aches – as I’m sure does ​yours – for that unspeakable situation.

It reminds me that, though we face challenges here in the United States, we are so fortunate. Those girls in Nigeria asked​ nothing more of their government than to keep them safe and help them get an education.​

So this Mother’s Day, as Nancy Beyer would have had me do, I ask you to think about ​what life is like in Nigeria for girls and their mothers.  And I ask you to join me in making a contribution to a nonprofit organization that helps their cause.  I will list a few here, some of which the New York Times recently noted as well:

– Campaign for Female Education, which helps African schoolgirls

– Edna Hospital, a Somali maternity hospital, university and training program for midwives

– Mothers Day Movement, supporting clean water in Uganda

– Women Thrive Worldwide, raising consciousness in the U.S. about the plight of women in the developing world.

Let us take this Mother’s Day to be thankful for our mothers, for our families, and for our freedoms.

All the best,