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I am Joy Rose and I support a health care ‘option’. ‘Option’ being the key word. We need change and we need choices. As a kidney transplant recipient, Lupus survivor, divorcee and mother of four, I will be one of the ‘uninsurable’ Americans beginning 2011 when my Cobra plan is up. I developed Lupus during pregnancy, and lost my health insurance during the divorce process. My story is one of millions. If you believe in the good work we do at Mamapalooza, then help me stay on the planet, and keep my health insurance strong. I don’t want to be another sad statistic and I care about women and families. One great place where you can find out more about health care reform is momsrising.org. RAISE YOUR VOICE! STAND UP FOR HEALTH CARE REFORM TODAY.

Moms Unite For Mothers Day 2009


Moms Rising Video for Mother’s Day is sooo cool…. It’s gone viral in the millions. You can personalize a video for your favorite Mom here and share with the world: MOM OF THE YEAR

Also REGISTER your STORY at The Museum Of Motherhood, honoring (M)others in perpetuity.

Carol Lester

Carol Lester

MAMAPALOOZA joined CODE PINK in Washington DC this Mother’s Day, where Carol Lester and Joy Rose channeled music for peace and a message of love for (M)others and children everywhere.

Check out Carol holding a gorgeous Daisy Rock Guitar!

Mothers Unite To Break Down Barriers

By Joy Rose and Mamapalooza

Reprinted from First Wives World (See My Blog Here)

Last Saturday in Toronto, the Motherhood Movement was officially launched. Camera in hand, juggling cables and questions, I shot 30 hours of video, from the hip, as I tried to get answers from some of the world’s foremost feminists. The subjects included mothering, violence, militarism, war, and social justice; mothers for equal rights; virtual mothering; feminists for a gift economy; maternal depression, and queer parenting.

“Wow,” you say? Or, maybe “Why”?

Perhaps I’m trying to sort through my own confusion and ambivalence about terms like “feminist mother,”  “single mother,” and “girlfriend,” and to capture this unique moment in Herstory.

After three days at the conference, sponsored by the Association for Research on Mothering at York University in Toronto, I was inspired and exhausted.

Let me say, I was the only one there with pink hair.

Some 300 women met in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848, to initiate the suffragist movement and win the right for women to vote, a right that did not come to be until 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment. This gathering was much larger, the first International Motherhood Movement meeting. Here were women who cared passionately about their roles as workers, wives, and mothers. What’s amazing is that the subject of partnering was just as hot as the subject of parenting.

There wasn’t one attendee who spoke of wanting to erase the entire male population. Generally speaking, participants had a warm spot for the opposite sex.

With 20 organizations and hundreds of individuals presenting papers, studies and speeches, there were, of course, bound to be differences.

But primarily attendees were looking for commonalities. We were passionately looking for ways to make the world a better place. For a glimpse of some of the participants, taek a look at this short video I shot.

Among the groups participating were Momsrising.org, LiteraryMama.com, Mamapalooza.com, MuseumOfMotherhood.org, MamaZine.com, MothersCenters.org, MothersandMore.org, and MothersActingUp.org.

We listened and learned. Sometimes we merely tried to listen. Amy Richards, author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself, talked so fast I could barely keep up.

I will be working to edit the 30 hours of video I shot to show those who weren’t there highlights of what she said, and outline some of the defining academic ideas today on motherhood. I’m back at my desk simply marveling that I have a business card of a feminist ambassador from Uganda.

I’m so glad I went, and I’m also glad I’m back home with the kids. The children were pestering me for dinner while the new boyfriend was chatting with me on the phone. It was back to the multitasking of working, mothering and partnering.

The Motherhood Movement – You Say You Want A Revolution

You say you want a revolution?” is the theme of an international gathering in Toronto this month, where a grassroots movement to give voice and power to the mothers of the world is poised to come of age. The founder of the “rock ‘n roll” wing of the movement tells us what it’s all about.

Rosie with Baby (Image from MomsRising Site)

Rosie with Baby (Image from MomsRising Site)

By, Joy Rose www.mamapalooza.com

“You say you want a revolution?” is the theme of an international gathering in Toronto this month, where a grassroots movement to give voice and power to the mothers of the world is poised to come of age. The founder of the “rock ‘n roll” wing of the movement tells us what it’s all about.

For women who are mothers trying to get on with the business of their our lives, the current political debate over whether soccer moms really are pit bulls with lipstick misses the point. Stereotypes continue to limit women through labels. Identities like working moms, alpha moms, hot moms, hip moms and rocker moms lack substance and integrity, and do not tell the story of American women.

The beginning of what has become a modern motherhood movement isn’t about celebrity baby bumps, or politics as usual. Such organizations as the Association Of Research and Mothering (ARM), Moms Rising, Mamapalooza and Mother~ The Job have raised the bar on what mothers do—how they’re perceived, appreciated, and compensated.

Feminism rocked the business world over the last 30 years but found it more difficult to reach deep enough into the fabric of family, where women today still struggle to articulate and reconcile the differences between traditional roles of wife and mother; and businesswoman, board president and candidate for president or vice president. Sarah Palin’s sound-bite descriptions of herself as a hockey mom do little to move the conversation forward.

Plenty of media sources continue to hold women who are mothers hostage through guilt trips, comparisons, and outdated expectations. But the fastest growing segment of small businesses owners in America are women, many of whom have a much more realistic idea about women’s day-to-day lives. Some are mothers who have jumped on the marketing-to-mom bandwagon. While much of this may be more about sales than about changing the way we live, anything that amplifies the voices of women has to help in the long run.

ARM has conducted first-rate research and amassed thousands of academic articles since its inception in 1997. ARM founder and feminist studies professor Andrea O’Reilly has led the charge generating international gatherings, books, presentations and classes. On the weekend of October 25, leaders from more than 20 of the most important mom/feminist groups will gather in Toronto to lend power to what has already flourished as a grassroots movement.

Among the participants are:

Moms Rising, which organized massive online registration in support of the Fair Pay Restoration Act and demonstrations that most recently delivered hand-decorated baby onesies to Capitol Hill as a way to emphasize needs for child health care, paid maternity leave and equal pay for women in the workplace who also happen to be mothers.

Mother~ The Job, whose film “All Day” follows the hands of a mother as she goes about her maternal duties, pointing out the monetary value of that work offered free of charge.

Mamapalooza, formed in 2002 with the notion that art and rock and roll is a great way to serve up a platter of revolution within the home. Refusing to settle into any one category, the women of Mamapalooza have been presenting large-scale community festivals, media and workshops as a way to empower and articulate the ever-changing voices of women who are mothers.

At the heart of this movement is the notion that women who are mothers are women first, that every woman has a life beyond her role as mother and that motherhood is a job that needs to be respected, monetized and personalized according to the needs and ideals of each individual and family. Others may play on women’s fears, but these are the voices that will continue to redefine the power of mothers.

The revolution is here and while it’s still too early to say exactly how the roles of mother will evolve, evolve they will. And we will be able to look back on this time: ARM and Mamapalooza’s next initiative is founding a Museum of Motherhood. Like all great revolutions, with time and ‘mom’mentum, this movement will leave a mark.

WMC Reprint & Credit Requirements: Original article by Joy Rose for The Women’s Media Center at www.womensmediacenter.com. The WMC is a non-profit organization founded by Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem, and Robin Morgan, dedicated to making the female half of the world visible and powerful in the media.”