Christine’s Five Global Key Pillars
#1: Advancing Public Policy
Christine Michel Carter works to advance policies on a range of issues that affect women and families. She does this particularly through collaborations with other organizations focused on eliminating racial disparities in maternal health, addressing the social determinants of health, and a range of women’s health policy issues. Christine has advocated alongside the following initiatives:
- Black Maternal Health Week
- Family Values @ Work
- Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act
- Maximizing Outcomes for Moms Through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services Act
- Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards Act of 2019
- Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness Act
- Mother’s Monday
- Paid Leave for the U.S. (PL+US)
- Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign
- Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act
- State Of Black Mothers In America
- TIME’S UP Care Economy Business Council
- VoteMama Foundation
Christine is passionate about reproductive health, rights, and justice, including improving health care access and health care quality for low-income women, women of color, young women, and other groups of women who are too often excluded from the mainstream narrative because of factors such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, or disability. She also frequently provides analysis and authors content on a range of issues, with a particular emphasis on the effects of policies on low-income women and women of color.
Christine has worked with the Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls, the Fam Tech Founders Collaborative, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on maternal and child care related issues. She has also received a Congressional Citation from the U.S. Senate for going “above and beyond in ensuring that Black Moms and Moms of Color have access to important health information for their children and families.”
In addition to interviewing former Senator and the first female Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris, Christine has also worked on her maternal initiatives. As an executive committee member of Mom Congress, Christine wants Black mothers around the world to stop suffering in silence. As the founder of Mompreneur and Me®, Christine has introduced the first national free mommy and me professional development networking event. It has garnered the attention of Adweek and Entrepreneur as well as global brands like McDonald’s and University of Phoenix.
#2: Improved Health & Wellness Support
“Mothers are the rocks of our families and a foundation in our communities. In gratitude for their generous love, patient counsel, and lifelong support, let us pay respect to the women who carry out the hard work of motherhood with skill and grace, and let us remember those mothers who, though no longer with us, inspire us still.”
-44th U.S. President Barack Obama
Christine Michel Carter’s purpose-driven mission is rooted in health & wellness. As “the global mom activist” for the past decade, Christine Michel Carter has had one mission. Her mission is to give working mothers around the world positive, insightful content to make them feel confident and understood. Motherhood is one of the most transformative experiences in a woman’s life; it has a cascading effect on her personal and professional relationships. Regardless of the title, it’s important for society to understand that ALL mothers are in fact, working mothers. Changing the narrative will help moms reduce their stress, raise loving children and thus… change the world.
Christine is also aligned to one of the critical health topics of the World Health Organization (WHO): maternal health. This includes the physical, emotional and mental health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. Christine Michel Carter advocates for companies to create a suite of holistic support for parents, including fertility support and coverage and maternity and postpartum benefits.
#3: Improved Quality of Child Care
Child care is one of the main catalysts to the decline of maternal health. Christine Michel Carter is also aligned to the WHO health topic: quality of child care and is passionate about elevating the importance of this issue. America for example, has been facing a childcare crisis for years – it’s been too expensive, unavailable in certain areas, or deemed an unnecessary resource by employers.
#4: Establishment of an Equal Paid Leave Policy
Lack of a national paid leave policy makes all of us more vulnerable during public health emergencies, while putting the financial stability of businesses on the line. Christine Michel Carter, alongside 200 other businesses, urged congressional action on a federal paid family leave program.
Paid leave is also a key element of addressing racial, class, and gender inequalities in the United States. With an equal paid leave policy in place, the U.S. can help stem the historic tide of women leaving the workforce and ensure that low-wage earners and people of color have the time they need to care for themselves and their families. An investment in this is an investment in women and the future of our economy.
#5: Investing in Girls and Mompreneurs
Christine is an angel investor for Myavana and Cradlewise, two tech companies founded by moms of color. Myavana analyzes, researches and recommends personalized hair care solutions. Cradlewise is an AI-powered smart crib and bassinet and was named the Editors’ Choice and Best Family Tech at CES 2021 and one of TIME’s Best Inventions in 2020.
Christine Michel Carter’s co-hosted conference, The State of Black Mothers in America, is the largest global conference for Black mothers. In 2020 The State of Black Mothers in America made a donation to Christine’s primary charitable interest, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Their Beyond Bars (GSBB) program is for girls who are struggling to deal with their mothers’ imprisonment. It also gives their mothers a chance to have a positive role in their daughters’ lives.
The donation Christine made will support field trips for the Beyond Bars troop through 2022. It will also provide one $1,000 college scholarship award to GSBB “graduates” who have been accepted into a college.