MomsRising coverage -- let's give this story "legs"
MomsRising provides much-needed common ground for the motherhood movement--common ground for the dozens of aligned organizations, and an online organizing community that is open to people of all political parties.
Let's work together to give this New York Times coverage "legs"--attention and longevity. If you are already a registered New York Times website user it is easy to do so. If you visit the article's web page, you will see the option to email it to friends through the Times' website. We should all send it to as many people as possible, both because it's a great story, and if it gets emailed enough, it will show up on the Times' home page in the list of Most Emailed Stories. As I am writing this, the article has just cracked the top 10 list! This will get even more people to read it.
A few more thoughts on why I think MomsRising is so important:
In the fall of 2005, Jennifer Wilkinson of Brain, Child magazine wrote Say You Want a Revolution? Why the Mothers' Revolution Hasn't Happened....Yet about the difficulties of getting critical mass of leadership and attention to move the cause forward. This motherhood movement is, understandably, by necessity dispersed and grassroots-oriented. If you've ever tried to schedule a conference of mothers you'll see how hard it is to get everyone together in one place at one time. Many women have worked to make the women's movement, and motherhood movement, a serious social effort. I believe that MomsRising is taking the movement past the tipping point by providing a virtual, online mechanism for organizing. Now "naptime activists" truly can participate whenever and wherever they are.
I have been reading and thinking about the constraints of organizing the 1970's women's movement. If you weren't living in New York and working at Ms. Magazine, there wen't many avenues to become a major player. Mothers would have a hard time coming to meetings or attending marches. Now a woman in Chapel Hill, Boise or Baton Rouge can participate on expanded playing field. MomsRising is truly an important catalyst bringing us all come together and creating action steps that empower each of us to hold our leaders accountable for their promises of a "family-friendly America."