Apologies for the Summer blogging hiatus, but I’m back – with great news! I will be representing All Mothers Work on a panel at the Feminism in London conference, Saturday 24th-Sunday 25th October. http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk http://www.feminisminlondon.co.uk/speakers-1/2015/9/24/esther-parry
The Women’s Unpaid Work panel will be on the Sunday, at 10.30am-12noon. It will be chaired by maternal feminist stalwart and journalist, Mel Tibbs, representing Mothers At Home Matter http://www.mothersathomematter.co.uk/, and she’ll be joined by me, SAHM, activist and writer, Vanessa Olorenshaw, SAHM, and writer of the fantastic Politics of Mothering, and many powerful articles for the Huffington Post http://www.politicsofmothering.wordpress.com , and Dr Karem Roitman, SAHM, lecturer on politics, gender, race, development and Latin America & member of the MAHM committee. We will be discussing and explaining the exploitation of women’s unpaid caring and domestic labour and what needs to be done to combat it, as well as explaining not only what maternal feminism is, but why it’s so important, for womenRoot and society as a whole, not only for mothers, careers and stay-at-home parents. The other three are also all vital members of All Mothers Work, and dear friends, I’m proud to say, and I’ve worked with Mel at conference before, so I feel safe to say the four of us can guarantee a dynamic presentation.
And if if that’s not enough for you, there’s a stall! MAHM will be sharing with AMW and The Politics of Mothering, and there’ll be freebies, flyers, leaflets, merch, and members and supporters to chat to, particularly Heather & Kerry of both MAHM & AMW, who will be giving their time to make it all run smoothly. Heather deserves an extra mention here for tirelessly communicating the need to feminist conferees for mothers rights to be made prominent, and I thank her, Mel for all her organisation, and Feminism in London for giving us the platform to spread our collective message about these vital issues.
I’m super-busy writing my speech, collecting info, data, etc., designing and ordering merch (AMW members get extra freebies!), but most of all, getting excited about speaking out, and being in a fantastic environment surrounded by amazing women, all of us working to make a difference, in our own ways, with our own aims, but sharing a single focus – the betterment of all women and girls. I also can’t wait to meet a lot of friends I only know online. So what are you waiting for – go buy your tickets now! I hope to see you there XX – EP