Just Because We’re Moms, Doesn’t Mean We’re Not Political

Ms magazine punditmom

One of the reasons I started Mothers of Intention, and am writing a book by the same name, is because I’ve discovered there are a lot of people who think that my motherhood has diminished my intellect and political clout.  And that ticks me off.

Oh, you’re a Pundit “MOM,” I’ve heard more than I care to count. Because I’ve admitted and embraced the fact that my political self has been changed by becoming PunditGirl’s mother, I often feel a virtual pat on the head — there  there, isn’t that cute that a mom thinks she can be all political — seems to be the unspoken, yet palpable, reaction.  Why so many seem to think that becoming a mother somehow reduces my brain power or lessens the importance of my political opinions, college degrees or 20+ years as a professional is really beyond me.

But Ms. Magazine, and author Kara Jesella, have figured out that there is a political Mom 2.0 phenomenon that is growing.  I’m especially excited that Jesella interviewed me for the article, as well as my fellow political/feminist moms, Veronica Arreola of Viva La Feminista and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising!  My pals Lawyer Mama, Jill at Writes Like She Talks and Jessica Gottlieb are mentioned and MOMocrats gets a nice nod in the sidebar!

It’s a slow path to convincing the political opinionistas who don’t openly talk about how their parenthood informs their political selves, but I’m hoping that this Ms. Magazine article will help on that front.

I was a politically wonky kind of gal before PunditGirl — what would make people think that having a child would change that?  Plus, I’ve found from talking to so many women, that motherhood has actually caused them to become more political — not just in the red and blue senses, but also when it comes to taking a stand for their children on medical and educational issues.

There’s a lot of mom power in the world and more and more of us are grabbing that power and trying to use it for the causes we believe in — both for us and for our children.

I don’t see anything wrong with that, do you?

UPDATE: The Ms. Magazine article is now online! But full text and sidebars only in hard copy.

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9 Responses to “Just Because We’re Moms, Doesn’t Mean We’re Not Political”

  1. Daisy Says:

    In the education world, too many of us are learning too late that our jobs are highly subject to public perception which is often inaccurate. I attended a rally for school funding reform in June. I could go on and on, and I will on my own blog, but Mom Power and Teacher Power are very similar and often intertwined. We’re both in it to make the world better for the next generation.

  2. Houseonahill Says:

    Great post. When I began my blog, I was so worried about being caught up on that fine line. You seem to have tackled it quite soundly. I am a mom but did not want that to define me – so I really,very rarely bring it up. This despite the fact that my child is the very reason I draw in air every few seconds! Why must I feel that it lessons my credibility? Probably goes back to the self esteem issues one of the sessions hit on at Blogher combined with societal misconceptions.

  3. Jill Says:

    Way cool! Now you’ve got me so eager to seeeee. Thanks for having our backs and putting out the word, busting the myths. There is NO REASON we cannot be parents and political, with the two sometimes, but not inextricably dovetailing, though definitely informing each other.

  4. Florinda Says:

    If we buy the premise that “the personal is political,” it’s hard to see what’s MORE personal than motherhood, if you ask me.

    Missed opportunity: I got Veronica to sign a copy of that issue of MS. for me when I met her at BlogHer’09 – I should have gotten your autograph, too! (Maybe I’ll bring it back next year and ask you then :-).)

  5. Lawyer Mama Says:

    WooHOO! You rock, PM! Of course moms should be political. What better reason do we have than to secure a better future for our children. It makes sense that moms who blog also blog about politics.

  6. The Mother Tongue Says:

    Well said! One of the things that annoyed me most at BlogHer was hearing the way many people consistently put mommy bloggers in a separate category from political bloggers. But so much of what moms blog about is political–troubles with health insurance, family members who have been deployed, education. All of those are huge political issues, and mommy bloggers make them personal and accessible. And lord help you if you find yourself on the wrong side of some mommy bloggers, because them girls can ORGANIZE.

  7. Pam at beyondjustmom Says:

    Excellent post. I’m definitely with you, and look forward to reading more!

  8. suman Says:

    Well said…one of the things that really disturbes me is why should we categorize mom bloggers, political bloggers, economic bloggers….. and so……why can’t we just accpet that we moms have a mind and that mind speaks thru our blogs, and we can express our opinion on different issues… that’s it.

  9. Kim - Twin Strollers Says:

    Good post – I found this while scanning google for baby stroller info, I know… weird – added ya to my G Reader, Keep up the good work. Looking forward to reading more. Mark

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