RBG

On RBG, and a Final Frontier for Equal Treatment

The new documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG, is a must-see.  As The Economist piece, “How Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a trailblazer for gender equality” summarizes, this film gives us a real feel for how “Ms. Ginsburg built America’s gender equality standards brick by brick,” and “the quieter parts of this remarkable justice’s life.” Continue reading “On RBG, and a Final Frontier for Equal Treatment”

Rebecca Solnit

Ruminations on the Essay, “The Mother of All Questions” by Rebecca Solnit

The incisive essay, “The Mother of All Questions,” by writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit, left me reflecting back on times when I was asked questions that caught me off guard, were offensive, or merely unfriendly, and how I would have more wisely answered them if I had another chance to respond. Continue reading “Ruminations on the Essay, “The Mother of All Questions” by Rebecca Solnit”

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Talking Pronatalism & The Baby Matrix on MotherShould?

I recently had the opportunity to talk about The Baby Matrix with Catherine Savini and Beverly Army Williams of MotherShould?, a site for those who are or have been on the fence about motherhood. Check out the  interview: Continue reading “Talking Pronatalism & The Baby Matrix on MotherShould?”

Nonfiction Books To Be Thankful For

Reading Rifflebooks giving thanks for November nonfiction releases inspired me to think about nonfiction books I am thankful for… There are so many! Here are just two that immediately came to mind: Continue reading “Nonfiction Books To Be Thankful For”

March is Women’s History Month: Who’s One of Your Childless-Childfree Favorites?

Here’s to March as Women’s History Month – As a way to honor it, I invite you to write in one (or more) of your favorite women from history who did not have children.  She can be someone who was childless by circumstance or not, or a woman who was childfree-someone who consciously chose not to have children in eras where that was a bold choice.

Even if you don’t know how she came to have no children (I find not knowing exactly how many came to have no children is fairly common, at least from reading the history books), if she is one of your favorites, write in about her….let’s focus on great women from history whose lives did not include motherhood.

But first… Continue reading “March is Women’s History Month: Who’s One of Your Childless-Childfree Favorites?”

The Many Women in History Who Got It–that Motherhood is Optional

Have you seen the collage of never-mom women from history (and some still alive) on pinterest? Olivia Reading has done a great job. It’s Women’s History Month, and I find it inspiring!  Check it out, and maybe it will inspire your answer to this month’s On-the-Ground Question.   Simone de Beauvoir (pictured) is one of mine… Continue reading “The Many Women in History Who Got It–that Motherhood is Optional”

How Scandal Can Inspire Gender Equality

There is a lot out there on the gender equality issue in politics and business, including the issue that there aren’t enough women, moms or not, in high level positions. Headline Italy—it seems the sex scandal with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has inspired a move toward gender equality at high levels of business.

A recent article by Flaivia Krause-Jackson and Chiara Remondini indicates that “the plight of women in Italy trails the rest of Europe in almost every indicator of gender equality. That might change when it comes to… Continue reading “How Scandal Can Inspire Gender Equality”

Match.com Studies Singles-Do More Men or Women Not Want Kids?

Match.com recently funded a study of what TIME magazine says might “be the biggest study of single people ever.”  They may have paid for it, but Helen Fisher at Rutgers University, Stephanie Coontz at Binghamton University and an independent company actually did the study of 5,200 singles ages 21-65 who were not in a serious relationship.

Along with better understanding of the “partnerless”, the study has interesting finding about singles’ feelings about whether they want to become parents…

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