Molly Olson

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Molly Olson
🏡 ResidenceMinnesota
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationB.A.,M.B.C.
🎓 Alma materConcordia College; University of St.Thomas
💼 Occupation
Business consultant
🏢 OrganizationCenter for Parental Responsibility, Leading Women for Shared Parenting
Shared parenting

Molly K. Olson is an American children's rights advocate. She is the founder and executive director of the Center for Parental Responsibility in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is also a co-founder and former president of Leading Women for Shared Parenting.

Early life, education and business career[edit]

Olson grew up in Willmar, Minnesota. She is the granddaughter of Earl B. Olson, who founded the Jennie-O Turkey Company in Willmar.[1][2] After graduating from Willmar High School, Olson obtained a bachelors of arts degree in communications and religion from Concordia College in 1992 and a masters degree in business communication from University of St.Thomas in 1995, all in Minnesota. After 16 years in the corporate world, she became an independent business consultant in 1998, providing consulting and training for inside sales, leadership communication, mediation and dispute resolution.[3]

Center for Parental Responsibility[edit]

In 1999 Olson founded the Center for Parental Responsibility, a 501(c)3 non-profit in Minnesota, working to promote equal time shared parenting for children after divorce or separation. She serves as the executive director and on behalf of the organization she has provided testimony on child custody and shared parenting to the Minnesota Legislature.[4] Olson spearheaded the 2012 effort to pass HF322 to establish a rebuttable presumption of shared parenting in Minnesota. The bill passed the Minnesota House of Representatives 86-42 and the Minnesota Senate 46-10, but was vetoed by governor Mark Dayton after lobbying by the Minnesota State Bar Association.[5][6][7] After the veto, she served on the Minnesota Joint Physical Child Custody Presumption Study Group.[8]

Leading Women for Shared Parenting[edit]

Olson is a co-founder and former president of Leading Women for Shared Parenting, and international organization that aims at dispelling the myth that it is only fathers that promotes the idea of shared parenting for children after divorce or separation.[4] Women that have joined the organization include liberals such as former NOW president Karen DeCrow, conservatives such as Phyllis Schlafly, Republican politicians such as Kathryn Swan and Democratic politicians such as Jill Carter, lawyers such as Hildegund Sünderhauf, authors such as Suzanne Venker and domestic violence experts such as Erin Pizzey and Denise Hines.[9]

White House Council on Boys and Men[edit]

After president Barack Obama formed the White House Council on Women and Girls in 2009, Olson joined a coalition of both conservative and liberal men and women petitioning the president to also form a White House Council on Boys and Men.[10] She was interviewed on the matter by The Dr. Vibe Show.[11] After some initial interest from the White House, the efforts ultimately failed.[12]

Selected media interviews and coverage[edit]

Selected publications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. David Little, Willmar Area Community Foundation to honor Smiths, Bremer Bank, West Central Tribune, September 30, 2013.
  2. Anne Polta, Advocates push for change in Minnesota's child custody law, West Central Tribune, March 7, 2012.
  3. LinkedIn, Molly K. Olson
  4. 4.0 4.1 Molly Olson, Journey to Equal Shared Parenting for Kids of Divorced and Separated Parents, Mankato Times, January 7, 2019.
  5. Minnesota Legislature, Office of the Revisor of Statues, HF322, 2012.
  6. Leading Women for Shared Parenting, Molly Olson
  7. Molly K. Olson, What’s the hold-up on repairs to Minnesota’s shared-parenting laws?, Twin Cities Pioneer Press, July 19, 2018.
  8. Minnesota Joint Physical Child Custody Presumption Study Group Report, January 14, 2009.
  9. Leading Women for Shared Parenting, Leading Women as of March 15, 2017
  10. Proposal for a White House Council on Boys and Men, Prominent Women Championing a White House Council on Boys and Men
  11. Dr. Vibe, Molly K. Olson of Leading Women for Shared Parenting “Proposal For A White House Council On Boys And Men”, The Dr. Vibe Show, March 2, 2015.
  12. Rachel Alexander,, Town Hall, February 3, 2014.

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