On May 10, 2013 a group of prominent women unveiled a new organization calling for equally shared parenting as the guiding principle in family law policy and statutes.
Leading Women for Shared Parenting debuted with an impressive list of supporters. From writers, to researchers to legislators and numerous female attorneys, the organization is demonstrating shared parenting is supported across multiple sectors of society.
The group's initial public effort centers on an electronic campaign to endorse a broad policy statement supporting Shared Parenting. LW4SP anticipates thousands of women will show their support for shared parenting by electronically signing the online statement.
Prior to its public launch, 19 women from LW4SP sent a group letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott urging him to sign the bill on his desk containing shared parenting language.
Leading Women for Shared Parenting was founded to dispel the widespread myth that it is only - or even mainly - disgruntled fathers with limited access to their children who promote equal shared parenting as the default model for separating parents.
That is simply not the truth.
Polls in the United States, Canada and other western countries consistently demonstrate overwhelming support in the general population for equally shared parenting. Both fair-minded men and women across all social and cultural lines understand that mothers and fathers are equally important in the lives of their children.
For some years a number of prominent women in media and politics have been championing this issue in the public forum of ideas and in policy-making circles. Eventually they sought a common platform from which they could bring their support for equal shared parenting to effective attention and positive legislative action.
Thus LW4SP came into being, with more than 150 influential women lending their names in support of the equal shared parenting principle. Early and eager supporters of the concept included a number of well known women.
Barbara Kay, an award winning Canadian journalist and columnist with the National Post signed on immediately.
Dr. Linda Nielsen, Wake Forest University social scientist, expressed support and offered a number of positive suggestions.
Molly Olson, Founder of the Center for Parental Responsibility and a long time advocate for equality based improvements in family law came aboard.
Phyllis Schalfly, Founder of Eagle Forum and a woman Time Magazine named as one of the 100 Most Influential Women of the 20th Century, joined enthusiastically.
Early supporters also included: Maryland Delegate Jill Carter, Kris Titus of the Canadian Equal Parenting Council, and Jill Egizii of the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization USA.
Terry Gaspard, MSW, LICSW
Gwendolyn Landolt, Esq.
Rachel Alexander, Esq.
Dr. Janice Fiamengo
Sen. Sylvia Allen
Karen Selick, Esq.
Rep. Phyllis Pond