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A Room Of Our Own – Interview with Jocelyn Elise Crowley, Author of Mothers Unite!

With Mother’s Day less than a week away, my thoughts turn towards what change mothers can bring about by working together.  Mothers are getting together all over the country, sharing their experiences and stories, and pushing our legislators to make our families stronger and safer.  Researcher Jocelyn Elise Crowley, author of Mothers Unite! Organizing for [...]

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Strangers On A Train

Strangers On A Train

On my way home for an Equal Pay Day demonstration downtown, I noticed a woman on the subway pull out Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In from her bag.  My mother’s advocate radar started humming, and I impulsively decided to do a little field data collection right there on the train.  Throwing my shadow across the page [...]

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Mothers of the Century (21st)

Prepare to be impressed with yourselves, girls.  The US Census Bureau just put out new numbers on maternity leave and employment which show we’ve spent the past 40 years investing wisely in ourselves.  First time mothers are more likely to have at least an undergrad degree by the time they give birth, now at an average [...]

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Motherhood Can Make You Crazy

What is it, exactly, that makes you nearly unrecognizable to yourself when you become a mother?  It’s almost like falling through a portal into another dimension.  The experience is so completely transforming.  I didn’t really fully integrate all the different aspects of myself until 12 years into motherhood, when I got away, truly alone, for [...]

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For Mothers Who Do Too Much

Nine mothers walk into a movieplex to watch their lives on screen in “I Don’t Know How She Does It”. The movie bears scant resemblance to their daily experience. So the nine mothers duck into a nearby watering hole and do exactly what you’d expect. They order a pitcher of sangria and talk about it.  [...]

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Competitive Mothering Takes a Hit

With an eyebrow firmly raised at all the Tiger Mother brouhaha, I was delighted to find this post from Cameron Mcdonald, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s written a book, “Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs and the Micropolitics of Mothering” which looks as what she calls the “private to public [...]

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I Will Not Apologize for Being a Mother

Ginger Garner, MOTHERS supporter, has some very strong opinions about the profession of motherhood, how it is regarded in the US, and what some women who practice it expect of themselves. She posts regularly on her blog, Breathing in This Life, and has kindly allowed me to excerpt some of a particularly compelling post here: [...]

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