Over the last year, I have been collecting essays and doing research for a book that I feel strongly and passionately needs to be written — about the fact that mothers are becoming more political every day and are the biggest political force that needs to be focused on.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, I asked many fabulous writers who are mothers to write about something political for my blog feature called Mothers of Intention. Most of the women I asked don’t usually write about politics, but after meeting some of them and getting to know them through their blogs, I knew they had “political” opinions on many things.
As I collected essays and spent more time thinking about it, I had the idea to turn the Mothers of Intention feature into a book. But since I don’t have any connections in the publishing world, I didn’t know if I could interest anyone in the project. I was unexpectedly surprised when the great people at Bright Sky Press (who also published the wonderful book from the Kirtsy ladies, Kirtsy Takes a Bow: A Celebration of Women’s Online Favorites) said they wanted to publish my book.
But as I’ve been interviewing people, mostly women, in the world of politics and political commentary, I’ve encountered the thought that they’re not sure that motherhood makes women more political. That’s the opposite of what I hear from the women writers who’ve wonderfully agreed to participate in this project. So, given what some have said, I’ve been doing some second-guessing recently about my premise for the book.
But the idea that motherhood makes women more political is summed up in this great video from a young mom who is running for Congress in Virginia — Krystal Ball (yes, that IS her real name)! Krystal’s video gave me a little boost of confidence that my ideas and observations are on the right track:
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Krystal will let me interview her for my book, because she so wonderfully sums up what so many other mothers are saying — that becoming a parent made them focus on the world and politics in ways they had never dreamed of before.
Stay tuned as I keep going on this project that I hope will be a wake up call for those who think that “soccer moms” are too busy to focus on the important issues or too distracted to pay attention to what’s going on.
On another note, don’t miss posts from these amazing Mothers of Intention:
Susan from Toddler Planet weighs in on the Facebook bra color meme with In the Name of Awareness, and a post at the Women’s Campaign forum blog about the first woman to ever run for governor in Tennessee, Kim McMillan, called Breaking All the Ground in Tennessee.