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May 09, 2006

Moms Rising

MoveOn.org and the Elliott Bay Book company are hosting an evening this Thursday to kick off movement building for a new campaign to support mothers and families by focusing on changing laws to make it easier for Moms and families to thrive in this society. 

Joan Blades and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner will be talking about their great new book, The Motherhood Manifesto, and will preview a clip from a documentary of the same name by filmmakers John de Graaf and Laura Pacheco. The two authors present a blueprint for Momsrising.org, a new organization designed to give voice to millions of women who have not been political but may choose to become active to change legislative and workplace policies in support of women and families. 

Christy McWilson will sing and all will honor and celebrate mothers and families. 

Joan Blades, of course, is co-founder of MoveOn.org.  Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner is author of the book, "The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy - Women, Politics, and the Future."  Here's a couple of paragraphs from the Press Release:

Motherhood in America is at a critical juncture. As women's roles evolve, more women than ever are in the workforce and more children than ever are raised without a stay-at-home parent. At the same time, public and private policies that affect parenting and the workplace remain largely unchanged. The result is that parents, and mothers in particular, struggle to balance the needs of their children with the demands of their jobs. In The Motherhood Manifesto, Joan Blade and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner argue that it's time for broad change in America's attitude towards working mothers. In both public and private sectors, radical shifts are needed to make parenting and the workplace compatible. Blade and Rowe-Finkbeiner identify the key obstacles facing working mothers today, and propose concrete solutions.

MomsRising.org is a new grassroots online organization founded by Blades and Rowe-Finkbeiner with the goal of championing core motherhood and family issues in political, social, and economic spheres. The intent of this new organization, modeled on MoveOn.org, is to reach millions of women who have not previously been active, to educate people about the problems facing mothers and families, and to provide avenues for common sense solutions to those problems. MomsRising.org hopes to ignite a major movement that brings real, necessary change to the lives of families.

I am currently reading "The Motherhood Manifesto" and I think these folks are onto something. We have two new moms in our immediate family and it is tough for them to put together the resources they need to take care of these delightful young ones.  Reading about the incredible support structures that other developed countries have instituted for new moms makes our lack of support all the more objectionable.

Cost is $5 at the door only.  Kids12 and under are free.  TownHall at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca).  7:30.   Thursday, May 11th.   

Posted by Lynn Allen on May 9, 2006 at 11:23 AM in Policy, Washington Culture | Permalink

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