mothers

I Am Mother, Hear Me Roar

September 18, 2011

(The post below repurposes, with some revisions, a post that I wrote late last year after TEDWomen. I’ve been revisiting it this weekend as I prepare notes for a panel that I’m moderating tomorrow at the WIE Symposium, on mothers and social change. The discussion tomorrow will be, to some extent, a consideration of the ideas below. It will also be, in some ways, a realization of them.)

It was sometime early on in one of the first sessions of TEDWomen last December that the question occurred to me: are we saying to each other here – in this go go women go celebration of everything that women can do – that women are the new men? And if that’s the case, is the corollary that men are the new women? Or that less-advantaged women are the new (and old) women? Whither women qua women, if women are trying to escape themselves? Keep reading…

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Hope, Which Has No Opposite In Fear

December 2, 2010

In September, while I was in Lesotho, I received this email: Catherine, I’m a frequent peruser of your blog but haven’t had much time for blog reading lately. My husband and I have been working our asses off to get the paperwork together to adopt two little boys from Lesotho. I was amazed when I [...]

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Why You Should Care That It’s World Aids Day

December 1, 2010

Because this girl deserves a future filled with hope. So does this girl, and these boys. Because we all deserve a world filled with hope. Because we all – we all – deserve a world in which hope is more equitably distributed. Because there is hope, and lots of it: we just have to seize [...]

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