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.