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October 22, 2009


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Condo Blues

I'm sad but not surprised that nonMoms weren't included in The Shriver Report. I'm sure that Maria and friends researched and wrote the report from their own frame of reference - Mothers with husbands. I agree wtih Nerdy Gurl JayCee, we nonMoms should participate and make our voices heard. Only then can we make a difference.

Tiffany Jonas

Hear, hear! Thanks much for bringing attention to the rest of us. (In my case, a DINK woman entrepreneur---loved the link to the Savvy Auntie site!)

Melanie Notkin

Bella - I loved your article in psychology today and I hope everyone will read that too!

Founding Broad Susan

It seems the problem is a lack of vision in how to look at women. The problem is one of trying to come up with a single iconic image of women. This report reflects the other failures in the culture to even just recognize women as they are.

I run a film festival for women who write and direct comedy. Many of our filmmakers have chosen art over family and so are often outside the mommyshpere. But we also are in a business that looks down on "mommies." More than once, I've heard industry players say they won't hire a woman to direct because she might get pregnant. No wonder there is no place in the entertainment biz for women who look like us on screen telling stories about the lives we actually lead. And so the cultural dialogue on women, lacking iconic role models, remains shallow.

Broad Humor is working on models for changing this as we put on our festival, now heading into its fifth year, to celebrate the women who make their films despite all the odds.

Bella DePaulo

I actually did read every page of the Shriver Report, searching, searching, for the section where I, as a single woman without children, would be taken seriously. Didn't happen. Unless you count a 2-page essay in a 454-page book.

--Bella DePaulo


Yvonne - I had no idea that I was a double 50 percenter, a PANK and a worker bee. Thank you for delivering your valuable point of view to the market - AGAIN! I had to post about your post...

Yvonne DiVita

@MicheleMiller - I was hoping you were aware and would be adding your voice. I am eager to see what you have to say. Wonderbranding is a prime source for the women's market - but I have my doubts that Ms. Shriver is aware of your power - she certainly wasn't aware of mine! (do I have power?)

Thanks for stopping by here first - my email will alert me to your post and I'll be one of the first to read it.

Michele Miller

Yvonne, you beat me to the punch. I have been struggling with this topic all week and am putting together a blog post.

I, too, was on that call and while I see the good in having information like this to share, the way it's been handled is "so 20th century." I'll definitely be referencing your post in MY post!

Yvonne DiVita

@NerdyGurl, you are totally right, of course. Except - my point was that we, you and I, and all the other women who are not represented, can accomplish more together, than by joining Maria Shriver on her soapbox.

I don't want to be on a soapbox. I want to get things done. I want to have women like you recognized up front, not as one of the many invisible faces behind the scenes.

And, it's a great idea to join the movement, but it's a better idea for Maria to notice the real women who are the driving force. She knows we are significant, but she has not yet given us a voice. She wants us to use her voice.

Thanks for writing and making great points. So glad you stopped by. Your voice is important to me.

Nerdy Gurl

I hear what you're saying but I think that boycotting or not participating in this new "movement" of women is the wrong thing to do. You should participate in order to voice your opinion and represent the population of women you say are missing. I don't think that Ms. Shriver recognized you and then decided you were not significant... I believe it is a lack of education on her part. You have to remember HOW many of these extremely privileged women have lived their lives. Sorry to say, but they seem to have a ever present bubble around their heads, and it is hard from them to see every point of view no matter which surveys or amount of education they get their hands on. By running, you do an injustice to other women like yourself. I hope someone is there representing women like myself.

Nerdy Gurl JayCee

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