Karen Malone Wright of The Not Mom has organized what has to be a first: The NotMom Summit 2015, a conference for "not moms" from right across the spectrum -- from those of us (like me) who weren't able to have children to those who made a conscious choice not to have children, to everything in between. This promises to be a groundbreaking gathering of our tribe, with some amazing guest speakers.
Karen recently spoke with two different childless/free bloggers about her own story, her website, the conference, and childlessness generally:
- Catherine-Emmanuelle Delisle of Femme Sans Enfant (Catherine's website is mostly in French, but the interview with Karen is in English, approx. 13 minutes).
- Jody Day of Gateway Women (approx. 37 minutes). (This was fun to watch (particularly for me as a Canadian, lol) -- Karen is so very American and Jody is so very British, and together, they are great!)
All three are great podcasts & worthwhile watching/listening. :)
Sadly, I won't be able to make it to the conference (although a visit to Cleveland & the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame specifically is one of my bucket list items...!)... but I wish Karen much success with this project (so much so that there might be a second conference some day??), and I would love to hear from any of you who go!
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Another excellent (audio) podcast that I stumbled on this week: Melanie Holmes, author of "The Motherhood Assumption," which I wrote about here (and who, coincidentally, is a speaker at The NotMom Summit), was interviewed by Michelle Marie McGrath on her Unclassified Woman podcast. (Approx. 51 minutes)
(Melanie pays tribute to Madelyn Cain & her book, "The Childless Revolution," as someone who personally inspired her. I found & read "The Childless Revolution" right around the same time that we made the decision to stop infertility treatments. The book covers the spectrum of childlessness -- by choice, infertility & circumstance -- and was one of the very few I could find back then to speak to my situation.)