Announcing The Winner Of The 2019 John P. McNulty Prize 229

Announcing The Winner Of The 2019 John P. McNulty Prize


We are pleased to announce this year's winner of the John P. McNulty Prize, Henry Crown Fellow Kelsey Wirth.

Watch this video on Kelsey and find out how Mothers Out Front is making an impact on the climate crisis.
Henry Crown Fellow Kelsey Wirth is being honored for leading Mothers Out Front, a mothers-led climate change movement that is mobilizing women and their children to demand those in power at all levels of government take bold action in the face of the climate crisis. Co-founded in 2013 by Kelsey and Vanessa Rule, the U.S. based organization uses a proven model of grassroots organizing and has trained and empowered mothers and others who are influencing decision-makers and showing up in force.

“Climate change affects everyone, but it harms the vulnerable and marginalized most of all. We need courage and leadership on this issue now more than ever. If anything can move politicians to act, it's an organized and diverse movement of mothers fighting for their children’s futures," said former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, chair of the McNulty Prize jury.

Unable to sit idly by while her daughters stood to inherit an increasingly poisoned planet, Wirth organized meetings in her home with other moms in her Massachusetts neighborhood. Now, Mothers Out Front is 30,000-strong and consists of more than 45 mother-led teams driving change in 10 states, with even more on the horizon.

Moms have hit the pavement and achieved real policy wins. Campaigns have resulted in commitments to lower statewide carbon emissions in Massachusetts, pipeline regulations to reduce methane leaks in New York and Virginia, and passing the nation’s largest community clean energy program in California. 

For more on the inspiration behind and mission of Mothers Out Front, check out Kelsey's impact story and read the announcement press release.
Photo Kelsey Wirth

Please join us in congratulating Kelsey and Mothers Out Front by using #McNultyPrize on Twitter and Facebook

The McNulty Prize award ceremony will take place on November 13. Tune in on the Aspen Institute's Instagram for coverage of the event and to hear from all of the 2019 Laureates who are leading transformative ventures in India, the United States, South Africa and across Central America.
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