Introducing the New New Feminism

That’s right — the new, new feminism was born on May 8 and weighed in at 9 pounds, 14 ounces.

My older stepdaughter is now a mom to a daughter (and no, you may NOT call me Grandma)! While I often wonder what the world will be like when PunditGirl is a woman, I looked at this little face and had to wonder — how will things be different for her in 2027 when she starts college?

Will this little girl be past the worries that so many of us have now about equal pay and workplace discrimination? Will we have celebrated our first woman president by the time she takes her first steps as a college freshman? Will people laugh about the fact that we ever had to worry about employers being “family friendly?”

I know that’s a lot to project and that I am getting ahead of myself — she’s only four days old! And, yes, I promise I will live in the moment about having the opportunity again to buy cute little baby clothes! But with all the talk of Commissions and Councils about women, it’s hard not to try to see into the future and hope that my nine-year-old daughter and this brand new little feminist (fingers crossed!) will shake their heads and wonder how our country ever could have been so silly to think it was OK to pay women less than men or that women’s careers would have to suffer because they chose to have children.

I’m hoping I’ll be around to see that day. But in the meantime, I’ll also focus on enjoying PunditGirl and her new niece and see what I can learn from them about being a girl in the world.

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9 Responses to “Introducing the New New Feminism”

  1. Mayberry Says:

    congratulations, not-Grandma! How exciting!

  2. Mom101 Says:

    Oh many many congrats Joanne! Whatever you’re called by her I’m sure it will be done with love.

  3. Gloria Feldt Says:

    Aw come on, “Grandma” is a wonderful name. Actually I prefer the full-out “Grandmother” myself, though I melted immediately when my grandson couldn’t say it and called me “Gammy”.

    This is a lovely, sweet post. Congratulations on the new “baby woman” as Doonesberry’s Joanie would say.

  4. impromptublogger Says:

    Congrats on your new “stepGrandbaby” and I guess she can call you whatever you want if you’re not ready for Grandma yet. She is precious.

  5. Cat Says:

    Congratulations to all, and I’m totally with you on not being called Grandma.

  6. Amy@UWM Says:

    Oh, Joanne, let’s hope all of those things will be true. Mazel tov on the new addition to the family!

  7. miranda Says:


    I think that the “new” feminism will be one that doesn’t need to think about it as much. Just yesterday my 6 year old son offered some amazing insight. He said something that made it clear that he assumes women can do anything and be anything they want. He doesn’t even recognize that “girls do this” and “boys do that”. Which is very odd, since that sort of thinking often begins fairly early.

  8. winecat Says:

    Congratulations to all the family. How about punditgrandma?

  9. Gina Chen Says:

    Congratulations! What a beautiful baby!

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