The conversation on diversity, inclusion and equity must more readily include motherhood. Some mother biases include:
- single mothers, same sex families, working mothers, stay-at-home mothers.
- perception of mothers of color
- parenting styles
- mothers’ work environment capabilities and options
- women with one child or multiple children
- mothers of children with disabilities
- plus sized mothers – just to name a few.
The purpose of this blog is not to pontificate or make some grand conclusions about HOW to achieve but instead to start by adding mothers to the conversation at large. We often live with and act on biases we receive from society, family or education. In order to view this topic differently we have to unpack how we view the topic in the first place and actively engage ourselves in questioning our perceptions.
What I have observed is that the way we treat and perceive mothers is extended to the children.
What are you unpacking? What are you doing to reframe the conversations around mothers?
Cecile Edwards, M.Ed, Creative Director – MomEvolve