Amy Snead learned about Florida-based Moms for Liberty last year from a friend who’d taken part in successful anti-masking efforts in a Florida school district. It was an effort that Snead, a 40-year-old mother of four, hoped to replicate in her small rural community in Bedford County, Virginia. 

Now Snead chairs her own Moms for Liberty chapter, which recently lobbied for a district measure that would require that parents be notified when their children check out school library books and require teachers to submit the year's reading list for parental approval. The measure is up for board vote in August.

“We’ve been able to advocate for policies like that, and to me, they’re a win-win,” said Snead, whose four boys range in age from 7 to 16. “What might be right for some parents, might not be right for other parents.”

Snead is one of thousands of moms who’ve fueled Moms for Liberty’s rising national profile since the group launched 18 months ago. It now boasts more than 200 chapters with 100,000 members in 40 states. Born of frustrations over mask and vaccine mandates, the group has tapped concerns about “parental rights” and “indoctrination” of kids to gain influence while inspiring armies of moms nationwide to take up its crusade.

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