Working on Behalf of Mothers—Every Day of the Year
May 5, 2010[caption id="attachment_6872" align="alignright" width="176" caption="Sharon Lerner"][/caption] As Mother's Day approaches, and everybody's inundated with reminders from florists and chocolatiers that the Big Day is a'comin, we want to take a moment and celebrate the women we're so fortunate to work with year-round – women whose work amplifies the voices, challenges, and joys of motherhood every day. Our official Experts of the Week at SheSource, these women address not just the personal experience of motherhood, but policy issues like paid sick leave, childcare, and maternity leave, devoting themselves to the cause of parenting 365 days a year. (And hey, speaking of which, why not tell us your own story about motherhood – as a daughter, mother, grandmother, or friend? Submit a video to our Mother's Day contest!) Sharon Lerner, a Progressive Women's Voices 2010 participant, has a new book out – The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation – which exposes how the lack of paid maternity leave, decent part-time work options, and affordable childcare options affect American mothers today. Stay tuned for Sharon's Exclusive on our site this Friday! Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Progressive Women's Voices alumna and co-founder of MomsRising.org, with whom we're partnering on an awesome and customizable Mother's Day video, is also the author of The Motherhood Manifesto, advocating a workable scheme for empowering mothers at home and in the workplace. Our very own Program Director Rebekah Spicuglia is a noncustodial mom and creator of Noncustodial Parent Community, and recently honored by NOW-NYC with a Susan B. Anthony award for her grassroots activism. Joanne Bamberger, a Progressive Women's Voices alumna, is the founder of the popular blog PunditMom, a place for women to get their political fix and discuss their political ideas. Amy Richards is the author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself, about feminism and motherhood; Ellen Bravo, a Progressive Women’s Voices alumna, is coordinator of Family Values @ Work; Deborah Siegel blogs at Girl W/Pen and is an expert on contemporary families; Aimee Allison is a mother, Army veteran, Progressive Women's Voices participant and radio host and producer; Mia Herndon is Program Director of Third Wave Foundation, and Nancy Duff Campbell is an expert on low-income women and families. Gina Wood is the Director of Policy and Planning at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Media inquiries for any of these extraordinary women should be sent to Rebekah@womensmediacenter.com, or call (212) 563-0680.