This Thursday, May 29th, contributors to The Maternal is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change, will be reading selections of this new book (look for a review in a couple of weeks) at Powell’s Books. Here at Poligots, we are all about the activist mama, and are so pleased that the political realities of motherhood are finally getting some of the ink they deserve.
Among the contributors to the book (but someone who will unfortunately not be there) is Judith Statman Tucker, activist extraordinare and editor of Mothers Movement Online. I’m pleased to serve on the National NOW Mothers and Caregivers Economic Rights Committee with Judith, and can attest to the fact that she is one of the smartest, most informed and most erudite activists working on behalf of all of our families. I’m honored to know her.
Shawn and I will be there (and we’ll probably be drinking in celebration after…). Join us!
Where: Powell’s Books on Hawthorne — 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd
When: 7:30 pm
What: Well, I’ll let the publishers describe the book, as I’m sure they’re much more articulate than I am. See below…
Exploring the vital connection between motherhood and social change, The Maternal Is Political features forty-four 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.
Each contributor tackles complex issues facing mothers and society today. Whether it’s a mother teaching her children to live ecologically responsible lives, a mother struggling to get out of poverty while raising her kids, a mother’s response to her child being sent to Iraq, or a mother voting for the first time, each writer forges the link, the crucial relationship, between the personal (life with family) and the political (life in the world) to give voice to, and thus empower, other women to realize and seize their collective political clout as mothers. Written by and for mothers, The Maternal Is Political is crafted to help motivate us to discover, appreciate, and use with greater effectiveness our tremendously powerful (and too often underutilized) political votes and voices to create positive social change.