Join Amy Richards and Maegan "Mamita Mala" Ortiz for a frank conversation on radical mommyhood. The two examine how making the decision to have a child impacts who we are and who we want to be (as women, feminists, anti-racists, and artists); the intersections of feminism and motherhood; and how race and class in particular, play an important role in how motherhood is encountered, seen, and experienced.
Amy Richards is the author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself, and the co-author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and The Future and Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism (both with Jennifer Baumgardner). She is co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation and the feminist speakers bureau Soapbox. She lives in New York City with her family.
Maegan "Mamita Mala" Ortiz is a radical Nuyorican mami, blogger, poeta, and freelance writer. La Mala is currently co-editor of one of the top US Latino blogs, VivirLatino. She is also a contributor on Anti-Racist Parent. Her words , blogging, and opinions have been featured at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, NPR, and Latina Magazine.
BIO: Amy Richards
Amy has just published Opting In: Having A Child Without Losing Yourself. Before that she co-authored (with Jennifer Baumgardner) Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism and Manifesta: Young Women Feminism and the Future. Over the years she has worked as a consultant to Gloria Steinem, Anna Deavere Smith and the Columbia School of Public Health among other places.
She is on the board of advisors to Ms. Magazine and the counsel of advocates to Planned Parenthood New York City. Amy is also a board member to The Lower East Side Girls Club, Fair Fund, and the Sadie Nash Leadership Institute. And most of her "training" in being an effective activist came from her involvement with the Third Wave Foundation. Since Third Wave's inception in 1992, she helped it grow from an organization struggling to find a place within the feminist movement to being one of only a few organizations for young feminists.