The Motherhood Foundation Inc. is a non profit 501c3 organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of women, mothers and families.
Motherhood Foundation Inc. What We Do:
The Motherhood Foundation Inc. (MFI) is a certified nonprofit 501c3, which creates, produces and presents visual, literary and performing arts events, displays and festivals which celebrate, nurture and support women, and their activities. MFI pays tribute to mothers (Moms) and gives individuals and groups opportunities for artistic & cultural presentations and performance they might not otherwise have; free of age, race and socio-economic barriers. MFI acts as a hub for individuals, and organizations that care about and act upon the status of women, mothers and families in local communities.
Motherhood Foundation Mission
Our mission is to empower, encourage and enlighten all women to claim their voice. Establish a new art form that speaks to the unique and collective perspective of women who are mothers, while sharing this with the world. Act as a resource and lifestyle guide for mothers seeking support in mainstream and alternative settings.
Motherhood Foundation Inc. Addresses important issues, regarding women, mothers and families while providing uplifting and compelling cultural experiences.
- Our organization acts as a resource, utilizing art and culture as a hub, for the benefit and education of all, with a special emphasis on women, mothers and families.
- MFI works towards enlightening and empowering all individuals to claim their voice by establishing a new art form that speaks to the unique and collective perspective mothers, while sharing this with the world.
- MFI seeks to document the herstory of mothers past, present and future; honoring and preserving their legacy in perpetuity.
Statement of Need:
Ann Crittenden in The Price of Motherhood: Why the most important job in the world is still the least valued makes some stunning claims about the outlook for mothers in modern society. For example, the single biggest risk factor for a woman to live in poverty in old age is if she has had a child.
Motherhood can be isolating. It has long been accepted that with the territory of motherhood comes self-sacrifice and self-depletion. If left unchecked many times this can even leave women in a state of depression.
Many studies have shown us that young girls ideas are frequently discounted by her peers and teachers, and in response, she stifles her creativity.
Women who are mothers are still being told they have FEW options for personal development, as it will risk the wellbeing of their children.
Culturally speaking, The New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Program conducted a survey of the 2,000 plays being presented in the U.S. in 2001-2002, and found that only 17% had women writers and only 16% had women directors.
Since 1998, the percentage of women working as directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors on the top 250 domestic grossing films declined by 2 percentage points, to 15% in 2007. Women accounted for only 6% of directors in 2007.
The 3rd Annual Annenberg Public Policy Center Analysis of Women Leaders in Communication Companies shows that women still comprise just 15% of executive leaders and just 12% of board members in top communications companies.
Women’s voices are woefully underrepresented in the pages of the New York Times Book Review, the most powerful publication in the world of book publishing. Of 807 books reviewed, only 28% were authored by women. Of the 775 reviews, only 34% were by women reviewers.
During the 2004-05 concert season, works by women accounted for only one percent of all pieces performed by the 300 or so member orchestras who responded to the repertory survey of the American Symphony Orchestra. These statistics become even more bleak when women become mothers.
Motherhood Foundation seeks to marry creativity, culture and community for the benefit of all with a special emphasis on women who are mothers. Women who access the programs offered at Motherhood Foundation gain practical knowledge, valuable life-skills, benefit from creative expression and have the opportunity to manage, direct and coordinate events that directly impact their well-being and increase their employment options.
Ongoing programs that mentor and connect women, while exposing mothers to community offerings, artistic experiences and entrepreneurial exchanges, increases confidence and builds experience. Motherhood Foundation offers a multi-platform approach for grappling with the main issues facing modern mothers today, while nurturing and documenting an art form of cultural and historic significance.
By amplifying the voice of women who are mothers, the scope and breadth of the massive contributions they make become recognized and generations benefit from the legacy and documentation of the collective cultural voice.
In addition the medical community acknowledges that art, music, dance and poetry have profound healing effects. Doctors, nurses, and therapists are now working with artists and musicians to heal people of all ages with many conditions including depression, addiction, domestic abuse and cancer. Healers have found that art and music, combined with traditional medicine are powerful tools.
Byproducts of these experiences are greater health, self-esteem, self-awareness, the confidence to process feelings and emotions, and the ability to articulate and share these feelings and emotions with others.
The Motherhood Foundation mobilizes large groups of individuals, directing them within their communities towards improved social services while focusing artists, musicians and women-based businesses in the direction of increased opportunities, increased cultural collateral, a platform for self- expression and practical job experience.