The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change

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The saying is true: The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. And the world has never needed mothers more. World and national leaders can't agree on how to educate our children or empower us to feed our families, on how to join together as a global community or keep us safe. Fortunately, mothers-the most underestimated and unsung political group-hold the future in their arms and hands.

Whether they're starting ambitious movements by taking on urgent ...

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Overview

The saying is true: The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. And the world has never needed mothers more. World and national leaders can't agree on how to educate our children or empower us to feed our families, on how to join together as a global community or keep us safe. Fortunately, mothers-the most underestimated and unsung political group-hold the future in their arms and hands.

Whether they're starting ambitious movements by taking on urgent matters that affect millions or speaking quietly within their homes and communities, the mothers in this collection are, like mothers everywhere, making a difference one person, one issue, one wrong-that-needs-righting at a time. For moms who are willing to fight that good fight, The Maternal Is Political is a comfort, an inspiration, fuel for the fire, and a roadmap to a better future ... for us and for all of our children.

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In a raw and emotional literary anthology, 30 women express their frustrations about motherhood, their disappointment with unsupportive work environments and their deep desire for social change. In her debut effort as an anthology editor, Strong brings together voices of veteran and first-time writers in a cacophony of cries that mothering isn't just personal, it's political. The stories include Jennifer Margulis and her husband who, unable to reconcile full-time work and parenting, quit office work and begin a home business; and Helaine Olen's horror stories of "mean moms" in playgroups who look down on stay-at-home mothers. Anne Lamott writes of the difficulty of espousing a pro-choice position before a largely Catholic audience. This book has a liberal bent, and happy, content mothers don't get much airtime. Young women considering motherhood may be taken aback by the rage and unchecked anger in some of the essays and the lack of solutions presented. But if shock spurs action, this anthology has done its job.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580052436
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner     1
Introduction   Shari MacDonald Strong     5
Believe
Motherhood Made Me Do It   Judith Stadtman Tucker     15
Alien   Sarah Masterson     25
Mom, Interrupted   Marrit Ingman     30
Rebel Mom   Tracy Thompson     40
As a Mother   Nancy Pelosi     48
Life Under Construction   Jennifer Margulis     50
Of Volcanoes and Ruins and Gardens   Violeta Garcia-Mendoza     59
Mothers Against Faith   Marion Winik     67
Well-Behaved Women   Jennifer Niesslein   Stephanie Wilkinson     70
The Secret Lives of Babysitters   Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser     75
My Bus   Karen Maezen Miller     83
On Receiving Notice of My Stepdaughter's Pregnancy   Mary Akers     89
Shown the Ropes   J. Anderson Coats     94
In Albania   Mona Gable     101
Teach
Twists in the Plot   Jennifer Brisendine     111
First-Grade Values   Susie Bright     124
How to Make a Democrat from Scratch   Stephanie Losee     129
Revolution on Your Skin   Susan Ito     135
Because I'm Not Dead   Ona Gritz     138
Making a Minyan in Vermont   Nina Gaby     147
The Making of a Scholar   Vera Landry     155
Chubby Cheeks, Dimpled Chin   Margaret McConnell     164
Mothering in Real Time   Jane Hammons     174
All-Consumed   Alisa Gordaneer     181
Playground Prophets   Carolyn Alessio     189
Girl-Shy   Kris Malone Grossman     194
A Letter to My Daughter at Thirteen   Barbara Kingsolver     201
Act
The Maternal Is Sustainable   Rebecca Walker     219
Politics of the Heart   Jennifer Graf Groneberg     225
Campaign Confidential   Ann Douglas     230
One Hundred and Twenty-Five Miles   Amy L. Jenkins     240
The Mean Moms   Helaine Olen     243
One Day   Benazir Bhutto     250
Trying Out   Gayle Brandeis     253
Good Riddance, Attention Whore   Cindy Sheehan     260
Adoption in III Acts   Kathy Briccetti     264
Performing Mother Activism   Beth Osnes     280
Pregnant in New York   Anna Quindlen     285
The Born   Anne Lamott     289
Signora   Gigi Rosenberg     293
Raising Small Boys in a Time of War   Shari MacDonald Strong     298
The Mother Is Standing   Denise Roy     309
Peace March Sans Children   Valerie Weaver-Zercher     314
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