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

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Seal Press, May 27, 2008 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 320 pages
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Exploring the vital connection between motherhood and social change, The Maternal Is Political features more than 40 powerful, hard-hitting literary essays by women who are striving to make the world a better place for children and families -- both their own and other women's -- in this country and globally.
From the mom deconstructing playground "power games" with her first-grade child, to the mother who speaks out against misogyny during an awkward road trip with her college-age daughter and friends, to the mother of sons worrying about the threat of a future military draft, The Maternal Is Political brings together the voices of women who are transforming the political and social: one child, one babysitter, one peace march at a time.
 

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I won this signed anthology in a blog giveaway over two years ago. It has just been sitting on my shelf, passed over time and again. I couldn't help but think political equaled boring. However, all ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Kristin RoweFinkbeiner 1
1
Introduction by Shari MacDonald Strong 5
5
Believe
13
Motherhood Made Me Do It by Judith Stadtman Tucker 15
15
Alien by Sarah Masterson 25
25
Mom Interrupted by Marrit Ingman 30
30
Rebel Mom by Tracy Thompson 40
40
As a Mother by Nancy Pelosi 48
48
Mothering in Real Time by Jane Hammons 174
174
AllConsumed by Alisa Gordaneer 181
181
Playground Prophets by Carolyn Alessio 189
189
Girlshy by Kris Malone Grossman 194
194
A Letter to my Daughter at Thirteen by Barbara Kingsolver 201
201
Act
217
The Maternal is Sustainable by Rebecca Walker 219
219
Politics of the Heart by Jennifer Graf Groneberg 225
225

Life Under Construction by Jennifer Margulis 50
50
Of Volcanoes and Ruins and Gardens by Violeta GarciaMendoza 59
59
Mothers Against Faith by Marion Winik 67
67
WellBehaved Women by Jennifer Niesslein and Stephanie Wilkinson 70
70
the Secret Lives of Babysitters by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser 75
75
My Bus by Karen Maezen Miller 83
83
On Receiving Notice of my Stepdaughters Pregnancy by Mary Akers 89
89
Shown the Ropes by J Anderson Coats 94
94
In Albania by Mona Gable 101
101
Teach
109
Twists in the Plot by Jennifer Brisendine 111
111
FirstGrade Values by Susie Bright 124
124
How to make a Democrat from Scratch by Stephanie Losee 129
129
Revolution on Your Skin by Susan Ito 135
135
Because Im Not Dead by Ona Gritz 138
138
Making a Minyan in Vermont by Nina Gaby 147
147
The Making of a Scholar by Vera Landry 155
155
Chubby Cheeks Dimpled Chin by Margaret McConnell 164
164
Campaign Confidential by Ann Douglas 230
230
One Hundred and TwentyFive Miles by Amy L Jenkins 240
240
The Mean Moms by Helaine Olen 243
243
One Day by Benazir Bhutto 250
250
Trying Out by Gayle Brandeis 253
253
Good Riddance Attention Whore by Cindy Sheehan 260
260
Adoption in III Acts by Kathy Briccett 264
264
Performing Mother Activism by Beth Osnes 280
280
Pregnant in New York by Anna Quindlen 285
285
The Born by Anne Lamott 289
289
Signora by Gigi Rosenberg 293
293
Raising Small Boys in a Time of War by Shari MacDonald Strong 298
298
the Mother is Standing by Denise Roy 309
309
Peace March Sans Children by Valerie WeaverZercher 314
314
Acknowledgments
323
About the Contributors
327
About the Editor
339
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Shari MacDonald Strong is a freelance writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. Her essay “On Wanting a Girl” appeared in the Seal Press anthology It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters (edited by Andrea J. Buchanan). She writes the “Zen and the Art of Child Maintenance” column about motherhood and spirituality for Literary Mama (www.literarymama.com), serves as editor of the creative nonfiction department at Literary Mama, writes an ongoing column for Mamazine (www.mamazine.com), and is the organizer for Mother Talk™ events (www.mothertalk.org) in Portland, Oregon. Shari worked as an editor and copywriter in the publishing industry for fifteen years (most recently as a freelance contractor for a division of Random House), and her writing has appeared in a number of publications including Geez magazine (www.geezmagazine.org). She recently has appeared as a guest blogger at Leslie Morgan Steiner’s “On Balance” blog at www.WashingtonPost.com as well as at Austin Mama.   Foreword by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director of MomsRising.org and co-author of The Motherhood Manifesto

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