I really like the premise behind the blog, Balancing Jane –
I am a full-time employee and part-time PhD student. I am also pregnant. Everywhere I look there are people and articles telling me I cannot be successful at all of the elements of my life. I disagree, and I’m writing this blog to see who’s right.
3.How has your feminism changed over time? What is the impact of motherhood on your feminism?
Obviously, my “motherhood” is still, quite literally, nascent. That’s not to say that it’s had no effect on my feminism. In fact, in a conversation I had with my husband shortly before the ultrasound to find out if we were having a boy or a girl, he told me that he thought I would enjoy raising a boy because I would raise him to be a strong feminist. I hadn’t put much conscious thought into my role in shaping my child’s views on feminism before that, but it is one of the reasons that it is so important to me that I continue my career after giving birth. Now that I know I’m having a girl, I’ve been going back and forth between thinking that it will be enough to be a strong role model for her and being terrified that the media around her will be too manipulative. Chances are the answer is somewhere in the middle.
(You can find all the many other responses in this series here. If you’d like to respond to these questions yourself you can either email me your answers and I’ll put them on blue milk as a guest post or you can post them elsewhere and let me know and I’ll link to them).