Work life reform and social good are two parts of the same whole.”
As I have dived deeper and deeper into the work life balance conversation, particularly in an American context, I have not been able to hide my shock and anger at the language I find surrounding mothers in the formal workplace. Denigrating, patronizing, and in some instances dangerous.
It has pushed me to seek for more knowledge. In so doing, the work life issue has let me to a hunger for more equity, more goodness in the world. It has led me to witness the power of radical platforms like blogging, like Facebook, like Twitter, to create dialogue and generate action.
This blog has been the burgeoning voice for a growing list of issues I am passionate about. I have concluded that whilst I view work life balance of part of a more global systemic discussion, that my mother activism and social good posts should have a different forum. I’d love to welcome you over to When You Wake Up A Mother, www.whenyouwakeupamother.com if you’d like to continue reading on those topics. It will be my more personal blog, and focus predominantly on mothers and our capacity to truly help change the world.
Work life balance will remain – I have not lost one ounce of passion for this topic. I believe work life reform and social good are two parts of the same whole. We cannot change the fundamental structures of our society if we feel like mice on a wheel. Every element is interconnected. As we reject some of the traditional rigidity of industrial age models and figure out together more fluid and mutually beneficially contemporary models, not only will be find answers for wellness and health and family development, but we will also unlock more energy and intellectual capacity to heal the world’s most pressing concerns.
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You Wake Up the World
Last week ten bloggers traveled with Bono’s ONE.org to Kenya, to experience for themselves the reality of mothering in Africa. How much reality can you experience when you are a middle class, educated, American?
When Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com went to Bangladesh last month with Christy Turlington’s “Every Mother Counts” campaign the question was also asked. Readers of this blog know how impacful Turlington’s work has been on me and how passionate I am about maternal health and so I declare my bias upfront.
The criticisms fired at these kinds of initiatives are misleading and damaging. How else are we to wake up the world? A world that is immune to news images of drought and starvation? A world more interested in magazine headlines than the Millennium Development Goals. More excited by the Kardashians’ latest antics than empowerment for women and girls.
Of course we send bloggers
. To add their voices and brings eyes to the page. To invite action. These women have motherhearts first. So too their readers. And when you wake up a mother, you wake up the world.
I am en route to San Diego for BlogHer ‘ll, the largest gathering of female bloggers in the world. In the middle of a recession and debt ceiling crisis that has rocked global markets, 3,000 women are gathering because they have something to say.
They will not be ignored.
When You Wake Up A Mother… You Wake Up the World is the name of my (in progress) first book and new blog launching in September 2011. More to come. Your first time here? Please subscribe (options top left of the page) or follow me here to keep in touch. Thrilled to have you stop by, please visit again.
Images courtesy of ONE.org ~ photographer Morgana Wingard