&Mother Announces New “Changemaker & Mother” Award Program for Athletes and Coaches Working to Advocate towards Gender Equity and Working Motherhood in Professional Sports.

March 8, 2022

BERKELEY, CA – March 8th, 2022 /SPORTSWIRE WOMEN/ – &Mother, a social change nonprofit dedicated to breaking the barriers that limit a woman’s choice to pursue and thrive in career and motherhood, is pleased to announce a new grant program addressing gender inequity in the sports industry related to motherhood.

The Changemaker & Mother Award program focuses on a central tenet of the organization – enabling and supporting women to become the driving force changing their working world. With &Mother’s current focus on gender equity and maternal inclusion in the sports industry, the first year of grantees will include athletes and coaches working to advocate in their individual sports, roles, institutions, or for working motherhood more broadly.

“There is a range of invisible barriers related to motherhood that limit how athletes and coaches excel in their careers when, and even before, they decide to start a family. Dismantling these barriers will be key to advancing gender equity in sports,” says Molly Dickens, co-founder and Executive Director of &Mother, “Everyone has an opportunity to call out the barriers and advocate for a better, more inclusive path forward. This award is our way to welcome in and support the incredible women ready to make change now and for future generations.”

Each award will be up to $5,000 and will support individual efforts to explore, examine, and/or implement systemic and structural solutions that enhance women’s participation and ability to excel in their career. In addition, Changemakers will be invited to work with the &Mother team to build awareness and connect with the broader community around the universal elements of working motherhood.

Funds can be attributed to time dedicated to change-making initiatives and/or support related to being a working caregiver (i.e. childcare, family travel, etc.). Interested applicants can learn more and apply here.

The Changemaker & Mother Award program was made possible through a generous gift from &Mother’s National Partner, Culturelle Probiotics.


&Mother is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to breaking the barriers that limit a woman’s choice to pursue and thrive in both career and motherhood. Building on the momentum of the #DreamMaternity movement, a call for action and awareness around the lack of sponsor support for female athletes choosing to become mothers during their athletic careers, &Mother was founded in 2020 to transition the movement to impact across industries. Their first initiative centers on creating cultural and structural change within the sports industry. Join the community on Instagram and Twitter and connect with us at www.andmother.org.


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