2015 Childfree Woman of the Year: Laura LaVoie
Laura LaVoie is a writer, blogger, and event coordinator. She has been published in magazines and anthologies on the subjects of mythology and culture. She writes for TheNotMom.com, and serves as the event coordinator for the NotMom Summit, a national conference for women who are NotMoms by chance or choice. Laura is also a leader in the Tiny Home movement. She’s written an inspirational book on living in 120 Sq Ft, and presented on Tiny Homes at conferences across the USA.
2015 Childfree Man of the Year: Mario Amaro
Mario Amaro has dedicated his life to defending our country, has been in the Navy for ten years, and is hoping to become an officer before he retires. He is dedicated to bettering the lives that surround him. Mario has won many awards through the Navy and leads many volunteer groups focused on improving navy personals’ lives. He strives to set a good example to others when it comes to doing the job right. When he is not helping out other people, he is focusing on loving his foster pets and volunteering at the local animal shelter.
2014 Childfree Woman of the Year: Magenta Baribeau
Magenta Baribeau is from Montréal, Québec, Canada, and is a documentary filmmaker. She has produced the documentary, Maman? Non merci! (roughly translated as Being a mom? No thanks! ) about Western women who are childfree by choice. In her documentary she includes stories of childfree women from Canada, France and Belgium. She wants people who are critical of this choice and who don’t understand the childfree lifestyle to see it as another valuable and productive way to live. Magenta’s blog, maman non merci, is about the reality of Western childfree women.
2014 Childfree Man of the Year: Dann Alexander
Dann Alexander is a freelance writer based in Nova Scotia, Canada. His book, Planned Unparenthood: Creating a Life Without Procreating, (which is available on Amazon and other online outlets worldwide) broke significant ground in the childfree community as the first book about being childfree from a male perspective. He has blogged and written on childfree topics and issues, and will continue to as part of his commitment to reaching a wider global audience on the childfree lifestyle. Find Dan on Twitter @WriterDann
In 2014, the Selection Panel voted to give a Lifetime Childfree Contribution Award to a very special member of the childfree community: Marcia-Drut-Davis. She is a pioneer of the childfree lifestyle. In 1974, she lost the job she loved (teaching children), lost friends, and was persecuted after being interviewed on 60 Minutes about the choice to have no children. She even faced death threats and picket lines when she spoke on this topic. Her memoir, Confessions of a Childfree Woman: A Life Spent Swimming Against Mainstream, details her struggles to help younger women and men understand and make this life-choice if it is right for them. Marcia’s blog, Childfreereflections, conversations on her Facebook page, and speaking to groups have contributed much to the acceptance of the childfree choice in society today.
2013 Childfree Woman of the Year: Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon
Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon 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.”
2013 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. He has 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. Theophile has also put on events to bring together and celebrate the childfree, including “Non-Parents Feasts.”