Our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge

Last updated July 2022

Here at Parents, we believe in the importance of equity, justice, and representation for the most marginalized among us. Through the content we create and share with our audiences, we aim to show the full breadth of what it means to be a parent or caregiver today.

To hold ourselves accountable, we are committing to a Diversity and Inclusion Pledge. This detailed promise outlines our plans to ensure that our content reflects the diversity of our nation and our readers. We want you to see yourself in our stories.

We strive to do better in uplifting family experiences by centering stories that celebrate heritage, identity, and community. We aim to shine a spotlight on all family structures and ways individuals come together to create villages.

Our Kindred by Parents community supports the people raising up a generation of free Black children with lives full of love and joy. Parents Latina reaches multicultural families passing on their values, traditions, and heritage to their children.

We are also building a team that reflects the audience we want to reach, creating content driven by nuanced points of view, and supporting our community of readers.

We create inclusive content that speaks to families of varying backgrounds, structures, and dynamics. Some examples of our work include:

The following pledge focuses on three key areas: building a diverse team of people, reviewing and updating our content, and creating community partnerships that align with our core values.

People

We are committed to fostering diversity in Parents leadership and staff.

As of June 2022, the editorial team at Parents includes 17 full-time editors who guide our content to become more in-depth and inclusive. Of these editorial members, 9 self-identify as white, 5 as Black, 2 as Latinx, and 1 as Asian. Of this team, 16 self-identify as female and 1 self-identifies as nonbinary. 

In 2022, we will prioritize recruiting diverse qualified candidates for open editorial team roles. The Black editors noted above work specifically on Kindred by Parents, our Black-focused community. It is especially important that we hire diverse editors to work on content across the entire Parents brand.

Every family looks different and we celebrate the diversity of family of our Parents team members: 

Grace Bastidas, Editor-in-Chief

”As a first-generation Latina, I am raising my daughters in a bilingual home. While my husband is from England and doesn’t speak much Spanish, we somehow make it work. Living in New York means we hear different languages all the time, so it’s great that my girls can embrace cultural diversity because they’re also living it.”

— Grace Bastidas, Editor-in-Chief

Kelly Glass, Editorial Director, Kindred by Parents

“My childhood, growing up in a single-parent, food-insecure, and housing-insecure family of four, really shapes the way I view kinship. Beyond the families we were born into, many Black people cherish our sense of community—and we take care of each other with whatever we have. And when we didn’t have much of anything, my mother made sure we had experiences and lasting memories. Now that I’m a single mother to two Black boys, they see me prioritize those same communal values while also emphasizing the Black joy that is their birthright.”

— Kelly Glass, Editorial Director, Kindred by Parents

Melissa Mills, Associate Editorial Director

”I’m lucky to have a very hands-on village to help make sure that both my husband and I can work full-time and our two boys, 3.5 and 1, are happy, healthy, and taken care of. My parents and sister are part of our child-care team and they’re all in the process of moving into our neighborhood to be even more involved.“

— Melissa Mills, Associate Editorial Director

Amber Leventry, Editor, News & Trends

“I’m a nonbinary parent raising three kids, one who is transgender. My family consists of the people who make us feel supported, loved, and valued. For many parents and caregivers, especially those of us who identify within LGBTQIA+ communities, this means we have created nurturing and safe relationships with people who are not blood-related. These connections are critical when it comes to being the parent I want to be, but they are also instrumental in providing representation and allyship for my children.”

— Amber Leventry, Editor, News & Trends

We will prioritize further diversifying the Parents contributor network.

In May 2022, we launched our Expert Review Board with diverse members who have elite expertise in topics we speak to as a brand including health, education, and nutrition. These advisors review our content for accuracy in their areas of expertise. Our current review board includes 25 members. Of these members, 15 completed a survey to self-identify their race. Of the 15, 5 identify as Black, 4 as Asian, 2 as multiracial, and 4 as white.

We also work with a robust network of contributors, writers, and reporters from all walks of life. We regularly give opportunities to new voices who can offer a different perspective or relay a personal experience that might otherwise go unheard.

Recent stories that reflect the diversity of voices contributing to our site: 

Content

We will review all of our content with a critical lens.

All Parents content will be reviewed for factual accuracy and sensitivity by professional journalists and a board of expert reviewers who work in the fields we cover. Each new article follows the standards in our style guide, a living document we continually update to ensure the language we use is always affirming, inclusive, and self-aware. And as our language choices evolve, we will apply these changes by updating existing articles.

Some examples of our style: 

  • We ask people featured in our content how they would like to be identified or described and use identity-first language.
  • We are body-positive, promote diversity in body shape and size, and focus on overall health and nutrition. 
  • We do not use phrases such as “natural birth,” or “breast is best,” and instead speak to personal experience. 
  • We state pronouns and use gender-inclusive language such as “pregnant person” and “chestfeeding.”
  • We support gender diversity. For example, we acknowledge that not all people with testes identify as men, and not all birthing people identify as women.

By the end of 2022, we will work with Dotdash Meredith’s Anti-Bias Review Board to review and remediate content that accounts for the top 50% of our traffic and ensure that it is inclusive in language and perspectives.

We are also in the process of updating the categories on our site to make them more gender-inclusive and supportive of non-biological caregivers and the “villages” that make up modern families. 

We are committed to greater representation in our visual assets. 

When you come to Parents, we want you to see families who look like yours. We will prioritize showing more diversity of families in our photos and illustrations by working with our internal visual team to source appropriate photography that reflects the culture of each article and work with illustrators who understand the nuance of identity.

Community

We will explore and develop partnerships with organizations that support inclusivity and diversity of families.

In 2021 and 2022 so far we have partnered with Everytown, Moms Demand, the Ad Council, the Born This Way Foundation, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, the Military’s Department of Defense, and the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.

We will continue to seek out relationships with organizations that share our mission of conscious social impact and justice for families. 

To Our Readers

We promise to uphold the actions of this pledge to the best of our ability and address our shortcomings along the way. We will be sharing updates on our progress here each quarter and will continue to hold ourselves accountable to the standard of reporting that you have come to expect from Parents.

Thank you for being a loyal reader and being a part of the nearly 100-year legacy of Parents. 

Your feedback is valuable and helps us learn what we can do better as we continue to raise the next generation of confident and compassionate kids and build a better future. Please email us at: contact@parents.com

Sincerely,

The Parents Editorial Team