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The Childfree, Childless & Guilt

Reading “Let’s hear it for the single, childless women: We get tired too,” by Mika Sarmiento got me thinking, especially when she writes about a “specific kind of guilt that comes with talking about sleepless nights and long days with said great wives and mothers.” What’s behind this particular kind of guilt? Continue reading “The Childfree, Childless & Guilt”

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The Charitable Childfree & Childless

The Economist recently published an article titled, “The rise of childlessness.” Full of demographic information, one area I found most interesting involves the charitable childfree and childless. Continue reading “The Charitable Childfree & Childless”

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Smart Talk about Conversing with Childless and Childfree Women

We see a lot of pieces out there with titles including “X number of things” to do/not to do or say/not to say regarding childless and childfree people, but a piece by Helene Tragos Stelian is one of the smartest I have seen in a while. Continue reading “Smart Talk about Conversing with Childless and Childfree Women”

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Happy International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day! This Day has an interesting and powerful history.  I like wikipedia’s description, as overall, it is a day that “commemorates the movement for women’s rights.”

Today, I am inspired to post this short film that is adapted from the upcoming film, [M] otherhood, by SUICAfilms. Continue reading “Happy International Women’s Day”

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The 2nd Not Mom Summit: Rescheduled

The next Not Mom Summit has been rescheduled to Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017.  These Summits bring together “women without children regardless of cause,” and give voice to the many roads that lead women not to become mothers. I invite you to be part of it! Here is a quick recap of the last Summit in October 2015:

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Social reformer, Beatrice Webb

The Childless and Childfree in History: An Interview with Historian Rachel Chrastil

I recently found historian Rachel Chrastil’s site, Childless, Childfree: News, Research & the Arts. On this site, she “reports on childlessness in the news, research about childlessness, and portrayals of childlessness in the arts–past, present, and future.” I was curious to know more about her and her research on the childless and childfree in history. Continue reading “The Childless and Childfree in History: An Interview with Historian Rachel Chrastil”

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Melanie Notkin

Finding Connection, Commonality & Community at the First Not Mom Summit

This month I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the first Not Mom Summit. Over 100 women without children by choice, chance and circumstance gathered for keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and socializing. Of the many wonderful things that happened during this conference, I was struck by three things in particular: Continue reading “Finding Connection, Commonality & Community at the First Not Mom Summit”

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The 1st Conference of its Kind: The Not Mom Summit 2015

A first-ever conference is happening this Friday and Saturday: The Not Mom Summit. Spearheaded by Karen Malone Wright who runs the site The Not Mom, it is the first time women without children by choice, chance or circumstance will gather for presentations, discussions, and connection. I am excited to be part of it!

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Weighing In on Kids-No Kids Happiness Research

Hot off the research press are the results of two studies came out to add to the collection of research on who’s happiest — parents or those with no children. One was sponsored by Open University in Great Britain, and was based on an online survey of about 4500 respondents. The media has had a field day with it, particularly the findings that Continue reading “Weighing In on Kids-No Kids Happiness Research”

Some Numbers on Women in Britain Saying No to Kids

Britain’s Grazia magazine recently conducted a survey of 2,000 women. It planned to coincide the release of the survey numbers with the release of Sarah Jessica Parker’s latest film, I Don’t Know How She Does It.  As Grazia puts it, the numbers “uncovered a whole new tribe dubbed the ‘I Don’t Know Why She Does It’ generation.” Check out what the survey found:

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