Let the 2018 nominations begin for the Childfree Person of the Year and Childfree Group of the Year! The winners will be announced on August 1, International Childfree Day. Here is some background on how this started.
Several years ago, I learned of an organization that existed in the 70s-early 80s-the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood. Called the National Organization for Non-Parents (NON) at the time, in 1973 it celebrated “Non-Parents Day” on August 1st, and announced a Male and Female Non-Parent of the Year. The winners were Stewart Mott, a 35-year-old bachelor and philanthropist and Mrs. Anna Silverman, a 25-year-old teacher and co-author (with her husband Arthur) of The Case Against Having Children. They both rode down 5th Avenue in New York in an open top cab with laurel leaf crowns as “Non-Parent King and Queen” near the Plaza Hotel to call attention to August 1, Non-Parents Day.
Bringing it Back
Reading about this organization and Non-Parents Day inspired me to resurrect this day. In 2013, I sought out childfree authors and bloggers to see if they wanted to be part of bringing back this day, now calling it International Childfree Day.
The International Childfree Day website was created, I put together a Selection Panel, and we put the word out in social media for childfree man and woman of the year nominees. The panel reviewed the nominations, selected the winners, and announced them on August 1st, International Childfree Day. It was a great success!
And it has been since. Now six years running, it is time for nominations to begin again! This year we have changed it up, and have these two winner categories: Childfree Person of the Year and Childfree Group of the Year. Details on these categories and how to nominate are Here
Check out previous year winners Here
Along with my long-standing mission of the acceptance of the childfree choice as part of moving toward a post-pronatal society, I remain dedicated to making International Childfree Day on August 1st happen as an annual recognition of amazing childfree people and their lives, and to continue NON’s mission of educating “the public on non-parenthood as a valid lifestyle option.”
Know an amazing childfree person? Nominate him or her!
Nomination collection submissions start today!
Deadline for submissions is July 22nd.