The Book

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My book, Liberating Motherhood, Birthing the Purplestockings Movement is out in September 2016.

I’m humbled to say that I have had some astounding endorsements from leading writers, activists and academics, such as Dr Oliver James; The New Statesman’s Glosswitch; Alison Wolf (author of The XX Factor) and Basic Income UK. I am delighted to confirm that Naomi Stadlen, psychotherapist and author off What Mothers Do and How Mothers Love, will be writing a foreword. I can’t wait to read it!

“A fierce and funny new voice – exploding with revolutionary verve. Olorenshaw puts motherhood firmly on the map. Bravo!
Dr Oliver James, Sunday Times bestselling author of Affluenza, They F**k you Up and Not in Your Genes.

Vanessa Olorenshaw’s stimulating book gives centre stage to both motherhood itself, and our confusion over it. And not before time. This book’s arguments deserve serious attention from women and men, left and right: mothers truly are our future.
Professor Alison Wolf, Author of The XX Factor
If it is true that there have been waves of feminism, then mothers’ rights are the flotsam left behind on the ocean surface of patriarchy. For all the talk of women’s liberation, when it is predicated on liberation from motherhood, it is no liberation at all. Under twenty-first century capitalism, the bonds of motherhood are being replaced with binds to the market within wage slavery and ruthless individualism. Mothers are in bondage – and not in a 50 Shades way.

Vanessa Olorenshaw is clear: When mothering is on our terms, it can be liberating. The time has come for a radical, bold and creative approach to the question of mothers, children and care.
Liberating Motherhood discusses our bodies, our minds, our labour and our hearts, exploring issues from birth and breastfeeding to mental health, economics, politics, basic incomes and love and in doing so, broaches a conversation we’ve been avoiding for years:  how do we value motherhood?
Listen Up – Mummy’s got something to say!

Highly acclaimed by leading parenting authors, academics and activists, with a foreword from Naomi Stadlen, founder of Mothers Talking and author of What Mothers Do, and How Mothers Love.”