Thursday, January 29, 2009

Working Mothers: Including African-American Women in the National Discussion

With Michelle Obama as our First Lady, we have a powerful symbol of black motherhood in the White House.

However, as Lonnae O'Neal Parker, author of I'm Every Woman: Remixed Stories of Marriage, Motherhood, and Work, points out black women are often left out of the national discussion about motherhood and work. I'm Every Woman adds the voices of black women of all classes to this important conversation.

"I think that Betty Freidan's Feminist Mystique (1963) did a great disservice to our national discourse on motherhood. She universalized the experience of upper-middle-class white women and put in place a false distinction between 'motherhood' and 'work.' Many African-American theorists like Patricia Hill Collins and belle hooks have pointed out the fact that African-American and working-class women have never been in a position to make this false 'choice.' I'm Every Woman: Remixed Stories of Marriage, Motherhood and Work makes this point in a 'real' non-theoretical way. It is a must-read for young women today who desperately need to hear the voices of women who may not 'have it all' (whatever that means) but, like most human beings, fathers AND mothers, are grounded in the ONE world of work and home."
--ELIZABETH VELEZ, Lecturer in Women's Studies, and Director of the Center for Multicultural Equity & Access, Georgetown University

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