Since ancient times, mothers have been valued as the source of life everywhere, as seen in these mother and child sculptures from the 12th century BC to the 12th century AD from Mexico, Egypt, France and India.
The obvious rise in patriarchy over the past several hundred years eroded the position of women. But, it seemed the value of mothers stayed intact.
In our generation, I feel the value of mothers has been eroded. At work, we hide our pregnancies and distracting worries about the kids. If we decide to be full-time moms, we are ‘doing nothing all day’ or worse - enjoying our lives. If we're not able to have children, we endure pain and pity. And if we choose not to have children, we get criticism and judgement.
One woman gives me hope: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She’s crushing the Covid response, put the smack down on guns after one shooting, and has a baby whom she brought to the UN. And she wears statement earrings to work.
If I wrote a book on the complexities of modern motherhood my conclusions would be the following:
The thread of motherhood connects all. At some point in each of our lives, we were connected to another person through an umbilical cord.
The culture, institutions, and systems currently in the USA do not support our well-being. (I'd love to hear your experience if you're in another country.)
We have to take care of each other.
The Her Future jewelry studio in Kolkata is closed due to the rise of Covid. As part of my 2021 commitment to a monthly Her Future sponsorship. 10% of each purchase will be donated.