GLORIA MALONE, A TEEN MOM WHO’S MAKING IT

As soon as people hear that a teenager has gotten pregnant, they shake their heads. What a shame, they say. How is she going to provide a good home for her child? But there are plenty of women who have, and are, defying stereotypes, dedicating themselves to being good mothers. Gloria Malone, 23, is one of those women. The Florida native gave birth just days before her sixteenth birthday. A writer, advocate and student, she’s speaking out on behalf of teen mothers and young parents and offering them support with her blog Teen Mom NYC. She’s taken her message of empowerment and support to Fox News, NPR, Huffington Post Live and more. We got the advocate and mom to 7-year-old Leilani to take a break from changing the world to talk about how she did it and what’s next.