My new book, Liberating Motherhood – Birthing the Purplestockings Movement, will be published in September in 2016 by Womancraft Publishing.
I am a mother of two. I decided to stop shouting at the telly, so I sat down and wrote The Politics of Mothering, a political pamphlet. Its purpose: to draw attention to something which is happening politically, socially and economically to mothers who care for their children full-time and mothers who yearn to do so.
Once upon a time I was a lawyer, which gave birth to my writing as a law reporter for a legal publishing company. Then motherhood happened, a son then a daughter. There was no way I was going to leave them to go back to my job in London. I did not want to miss being with them and caring for them in their early years. I live with my wonderful, caring and handsome* husband and our two children.
I love the slower pace and simpler existence of being with small people who still have a sense of wonder and no boundaries in their imagination; and it is easy (after all, they are very cuddly, loveable and funny people) when it is not exhausting, all-consuming and the hardest work I have ever done.
Always a prolific, but shy, writer, I am glad that I decided to start sharing my words (instead of burying them in journals or computers long obsolete). Having been dragged on marches as a child I suspect that activism is in my blood – I am passionate about women’s rights and social justice. I am also working on pieces of non-fiction and fiction which I will, most likely, bury under the sofa out of crippling fear and insecurity about my worth as a writer. A true creative.
I write on issues which affect women and mothers, from pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, postnatal depression, postnatal recovery, family life and feminism, with a sprinkling of politics, the law and economics for good measure. I am interested in other women’s experiences as primary, full-time, carers of children.
I was a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party and worked with them on policy development in parenting. My main interest politically is how we help low income families and stop women who care for children from becoming marginalised.
I’m a feminist, don’t you know.
I blog on the Huffington Post when the right inspiration strikes me:
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Here is the pamphlet.
*Is that gushing enough, Matthew?