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Chairman Mom…now with more Beyonce, Meryl, and babies

I’m thrilled to announce that one of my own long-requested features is finally live on Chairman Mom: You can now put GIFs and photos into threads!

There are practical ways this will expand the conversations on our site: For instance, imagine this thread about easy weeknight meals with images. My hope is it will also bring more intimacy and expression to the site. There are times that GIF of Meryl Streep pointing and cheering at the Oscars or Beyonce dancing with her girlfriends on a balcony says more than words. And reading so many threads about gender, school, disabilities, sleep training and so much more, I feel like I already know a lot of your kids. I’d love to actually see pictures of them. Or share in your moment finishing your first marathon, chilling on vacation, or getting that newer, bigger office in context. Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 13, 2018)

The Good News

The Rom Com Revival
We seem to be entering a new age of romantic comedies, and they’re not necessarily like their predecessors: The casts are more diverse, and the storylines are more nuanced. Combined with the dark times we’re currently living in, it’s no wonder that they’re quickly becoming some of the must-see viewing on streaming platforms like Netflix. Read On…

We’re Listening
Spotify recently gave three women of color $10,000 each to launch their own podcasts, and all three of the forthcoming programs sound incredible. Consider us subscribers. Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 11, 2018)

The Good News

Finally
It only took forever, but there will finally be a plus-size superhero on the silver screen. Sony Entertainment is now producing a slate of films around the Valiant Comicscharacters, including Faith Herbert. The live-action film featuring Faith’s story will also be written by a woman, Maria Melnik of American GodsRead On…

More Mentors
Julia Carpenter wrote an excellent piece for CNN Money about the importance of mid-career mentorship and how hard it is for women to find. We also believe this is one of the many reasons why Chairman Mom is important: It gives Mama Bears the opportunity to ask these big career questions to a group of peers who know what they’re going through. Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 10, 2018)

The Good News

Make Room for Hannah
We recommended watching Nanette a few weeks ago, but a record seven Mama Bears have written in talking about how much they loved Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special that we decided to dedicate a story to it. Seriously—it’s a must-watch! Read On…

Mama Bear Love
Late last week, Serena Williams tweeted that she’d missed her daughter Olympia’s first steps while she was training at Wimbledon, saying that she cried after finding out. Luckily, hundreds of moms sent words of encouragement and love to her let her know that she’s not alone. We love seeing Mama Bears stick together. Read On… Read more...

Good News, Bad News of the Day

The Good News

Putting New Laws to Good Use
Some good news/bad news: The bad news is that Elizabeth Rowe, a star flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has filed a gender discrimination suit for the pay disparity between her and her male colleagues. The good news is that she’s filing the suit under Massachusetts’ brand new “equal pay for comparable work” law, which just went into effect this month. It’s the first lawsuit under the new legislation. Read On…

Free Fertility Treatments Across the Pond
Another good news/bad news situation: The good news is that Spain will offer single women free fertility treatments, a policy it stopped in 2014. The bad news is that the reason that the government is allowing the policy is because of the country’s dire birth rates, which have been generally plummeting since the 1990s. Social scientists, economists, and political experts alike, however, say that other issues need to be tackled if there’s going to be a resurgence of the nation’s birth rate, including affordable childcare and a better financial situation. Read On…
DID YOU KNOW: In light of the terrible family separations happening at the border, a new study shows that early childhood trauma can affect not just those children into adulthood but the generations of people around them. Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 5, 2018)

The Good News

Shave If You Want
Billie, a razor company geared towards women, became the first brand to create an ad that shows women with body hair; if you think about it, pretty much every razor commercial currently on air shows women shaving smooth, already-airbrushed legs. What also made Billie’s ad interesting is that it explicitly sought to remove the pressure for women to shave, saying, “If and when you feel like shaving, we’re here.” Read On…

Love at First Flight
If you need a delightful break during your post-4th of July days, we can’t recommend this amazing thread by Rosey Blair enough. Blair and her boyfriend asked a passenger to switch seats with them on a flight so they could sit together, joking to the person that she might meet the love of her life because of the switch. Next thing Blair and her boyfriend knew, the woman they reseated (who was now sitting right in front of them) hit it off with the guy to her right. Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day

The Good News

Instagrandma
We hear all of the time about young Instagram models taking over social media, but there’s a new crew in town: Women over 60 who are taking over the platform and jokingly calling themselves Instagram grandmas. They’re fashionable, fabulous, and not looking to compete with 20-year-olds. Instead, they’re changing stereotypes and stigmas around aging. Read On…

Leaving the Boys’ Club
Chef Naomi Pomeroy wrote an excellent piece about her complicity in the rampant sexual harassment and assault in the restaurant industry, detailing how her and other women in the field tried to move up by becoming part of the boys’ club. She reflects on how that strategy not only did nothing to make men respect her overall, but it also negatively affected other women as well as her own restaurant’s employees. Read On…
DID YOU KNOW: We often think that teenagers and adults are the only people who can suffer from depression, but children as young as preschool age can show symptoms, too. A new study found that community-based therapy focused on emotion regulation can help kids better understand and work through their feelings. Read more...

Rich white families are failing their daughters

There is a reason that we’ve come to mock white men in power who say they care about women’s rights by exclaiming “I HAVE DAUGHTERS!”

The first is it’s a horrible cliche along the lines of “thoughts and prayers” after a school shooting. The second is: You shouldn’t have to have a daughter to care about women’s rights. That kind of “oh well, as long as my family is fine” thinking is why we have such staggering inequality in this country.

But the third is this: There’s growing evidence that it’s BS. There’s a disturbing pattern of affluent white families not putting their daughters’ safety and future first, putting them in a sort of Ivanka Trump gilded benevolent sexism cage of being the adored “right kind” of girl. Read more...

My son? Also oppressed by misogyny

One thing I really adore about the Chairman Mom community is how 99% of us have never met, but seem to know the most intimate things about one another’s careers, relationships, and doubts and fears than many IRL friends.

Sarah Kathleen Peck — one of my fave Mama Bears — proved this sending me this article yesterday, “Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling.”

Her timing couldn’t have been better. Eli told me the other day he only wants to wear girl’s clothes this summer. He already mostly has been on weekends, so I certainly wasn’t thrown. And I am not one of those moms who “wrestles” with her child’s gender fluidity. To me mere “tolerance” of Eli doesn’t grant you the amazing right to be in his life. To steal my line on motherhood, I think Eli’s gender fluidity is a feature not a bug. It’s part of his jaw-dropping beauty and creativity and grace and charm and just Eli-ness. Read more...

“I have already held you as closely and tightly and freely as I ever will”

Stephanie Hitchcock edited my most recent book, and she was hands down the best editor I’ve ever worked with. The kind of book editor that other authors warn you don’t actually exist anymore. She made my book far better than when I turned it in, while also making it somehow more me.

So when she sent me a copy of Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words by Kimberly Harrington, with a note saying it was “close to her heart” and flagging one particular essay. I stopped what I was doing to read it. Read more...