“When the heart is afire, some sparks will fly out of the mouth,” Thomas Fuller

Meet Shannon Watts

I’m a speaker, author and Founder Emerita of Moms Demand Action, the largest women’s volunteer organization in America. I’ve been called a “summoner of women’s audacity,” and I’m honored to have been named a Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People, a Forbes 50 over 50 Changemaker, and a Glamour Woman of the Year. My book “Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World,” was published in 2019.

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Because we all need to surround ourselves with a community of badass women and supporters who encourage us to find the spark inside us. Women – especially women of color and older women – are often told they have nothing valuable to offer. But our wealth of experiences and expertise are actually the answer to many of the world’s most pressing problems. Let’s fan the flames together.

Because I’m passionate about fostering a world in which women’s voices and talents flourish. I’ve learned so many lessons about myself and about the unique ability of women to step up, as well as the urgent, crucial need for women’s unique talents in the public square. Let’s name our burning desires.

Because we all need a supportive space to take steps toward transformation. I’ve spent the past decade encouraging thousands of women to get off the sidelines of their lives by coaxing out their desires and stories, showing them how to stand up for themselves and others, and encouraging them to take on roles they never imagined they were qualified for. Let’s play with fire.

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Each week, I share some of the insights I’ve gained after 11 years of activism, leadership and women’s advocacy in my newsletter. Feminism is at the center of my advocacy and writing, but this newsletter spans US politics and policy, popular culture, and whatever else is interesting at the moment. I’ll also be asking readers for their feedback to include in my new book, to be published in 2025. Most of my posts are free to read but there are paid benefits to subscribing, including an impending podcast.

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Speaker / Author / Communicator / Summoner of women’s audacity / Founder Emerita of Moms Demand Action, the largest grassroots army of volunteers in America / Board of Emerge America