Becoming a Mothering Metropolis

Originally published in the St. Louis American and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate the hand of God at work in our lives through the nurturing presence of a parent. As one of the 40 percent of Americans born to a single mom, this day means a great deal to me. But as the leader of a local philanthropy committed to serving our community’s most impoverished children, it disturbs me. It causes me to question our fitness as a “mothering” metropolitan community.