Caucusing in Maine brought up some of the bones I have to pick with modern feminist politics. If you look at the data on women and girls in the U.S., we’re making strides toward gender equity, up until a woman chooses to have a child. Then things fall apart. Why? I’d argue our status as one of the few nations in the world without federally-mandated paid family leave, or our failure to provide services like universal childcare have a lot to do with it (much of this is the focus of the memoir I’m working on about opting out of American parenthood and raising my newborn baby in India instead). In spite of this increasingly evident cliff that women keep falling off of, motherhood is often censored from feminist agendas. My essay — recently published in the wonderful Yes! Magazine–explores these issues in the context of caucusing in Maine. No, my son Reid has long outgrown the stroller–the pic ain’t mine, but the words are. Thanks for reading!
The full article can be found here.