The Winners! 2013 Childfree Woman & Man of the Year!

Man and Women of the Year

2013 Childfree Women of the YearChildfree Woman of the Year: Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon

Jennifer lives in Brooklyn, New York, and as her nominator wrote, “She embodies the best of the childfree – she’s independent, passionate, loyal to her loved ones, and freedom-loving.”

She’s used that freedom to do great things. Jennifer received her Ph.D. from NYU in social psychology, and works as Research Director at Catalyst, a nonprofit that works to expand opportunities for women and business. She wrote the book, How Geek Girls Will Rule the World, which is designed to inspire women to not be held back by patriarchal notions of what women should do with their lives and follow “their geeky dreams, whether it be computer programming or writing hard science fiction.”

“Jen has done so much to further the cause of the childfree, both in her personal circles and far more broadly.” She has stood up for her childfree lifestyle in the face of disapproving family members. She’s an active member of online childfree communities. At work, she has “publicly advocated for workplace flextime to be available to the childfree in equal measure as parents.” In her community, “she has been actively involved in local politics and activism,” including advocating on reproductive choice issues.

Jennifer’s only begun to do truly remarkable things –for the childfree, her community and society – thank you!

2013 Childfree Man of the Year

Childfree Man of the Year: Théophile de Giraud

Théophile de Giraud is a writer from Belgium. He has no children by choice for “personal, ecological and philosophical reasons,” and has done much to expose, educate and contribute to the acceptance of the childfree choice.

Theophile has organized some bold events to educate people on childfree, pronatalist and population related issues. In 2012, one such event was on the streets of Paris, and sparked discussion and debate with the public.

With his childfree cohorts, Theophile has also put on events to bring together and celebrate the childfree, including “Non-Parents Feasts.” One of these Feasts was held at “one of the most delicious bars of Brussels,” and featured French author Corinne Maier, who wrote 40 Good Reasons Not to Have Children, and Magenta Baribeau, who has produced the documentary, Mom? No Thank You!

Théophile has also written on topics that challenge pronatalism, including a black humor book against the “the cult of procreation,” called Manifeste Anti-nataliste (which to date is only available in French).

He also has childfree Facebook groups to give “the childfree the opportunity to meet each other and express themselves.”

Many thanks to Theophile, for putting his creative self into action in the world to promote the acceptance of the childfree choice!

And many thanks to ALL of the wonderful nominees who’ve been part of this first International Childfree Day!

Here’s to the first International Childfree Day, and Year One of an annual, formal recognition of amazing childfree people and their lives!

The University of Maine Acknowledges International Childfree Day!

Whoa, Baby: UMaine Sociologist Celebrates International Childfree Day

University of Maine sociologist Amy Blackstone and several collaborators will announce a Childfree Man and Childfree Woman of the Year on Aug. 1, International Childfree Day. Winners will be selected for their accomplishments and contributions to others and to the acceptance of the childfree choice in society.  Learn More

Nominations Received

Thank you for your interest in International Childfree Day, we received a number of interesting nominations for Childfree Man and Women of the Year.  Our panel of judges will be reviewing all essays received and making their decision in the coming days.  Stay tuned for announcement of winners on August 1, 2013.

Announcing International Childfree Day

Call for Nominations for Childfree Woman & Man of the Year!

On August 1, 1973, the non-profit organization, National Organization for Non-Parents (NON), celebrated Non-Parents Day by awarding a Female and Male National Non-Parent of the Year. Later known as the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood (NAOP), it existed from 1972-1982 with a mission to “educate the public on non-parenthood as a valid lifestyle option.”

Forty years later, childfree writers and bloggers Laura Carroll, Marcia Drut-Davis, Eric and Patricia Nafziger, Amy and Lance Blackstone think it’s high time to resurrect this “Day,” now calling it International Childfree Day!

Today we’d like to announce August 1st as International Childfree Day, and begin the call for nominations for the 2013 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year!

May this first International Childfree Day be the start of an annual recognition of amazing childfree people and their lives, and serve as a wonderful way to foster the acceptance of the childfree choice in today’s society.

Please join us!