Are you interested in joining an
effort to improve the economic status
of mothers and others who care for
family dependents? Ann Critenden
and a group of other writers and
women's advocates, have started
MOTHERS (Mothers Ought To Have Equal
Rights). If you would like to sign
up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a good idea on how the
cost of caring can be more equitably
shared or lowered? Email email@example.com.
What can you do to implement some
of the ideas in The Price of
a few suggestions:
1) Be informed.
A great source of information is www.womensenews.org.
You can register on this site to receive
free, regular emails on the latest
developments on issues concerning
women. You can also get on the listserv
of The National Partnership for Women
and Families, an excellent source
of information on state and national
policies and legislation affecting
women and children. The Partnership
led the campaign for federal family
and medical leave. It promotes fairness
in the workplace, work/family policies,
and quality health care, among other
Another peerless source of information
is The Institute for Women's Policy
Research, a public policy research
group that produces first rate papers
on every public policy issue of importance
to women and their families. www.iwpr.org.
For information on older women's issues,
contact the Women's Institute for
a Secure Retirement (WISER) firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Contact MOTHERS, a
new action initiative.
As of September 2002, a group of
mothers, writers, and women's advocates
launched a new grassroots
mothers' movement called MOTHERS
(Mothers Ought To Have Equal Rights).
Our website will be www.mothersoughttohaveequalrights.com.
Check it out and learn how you can
participate. Above all, send us
your email address so that you can
be part of our listserv and receive
important notifications of actions
and developments in our mission
to improve the economic well-being
of mothers and other caregivers.
other groups that support and defend
One is Mothers and More, a national
mothers' organization with more
than 100 chapters and 8,000 members
around the country. Most are college-educated
women who have cut back on their
paid work to raise their children.
Mothers and More offers a support
network for "sequencing" mothers,
and is developing a more active
advocacy program. The website is www.mothersandmore.org.
The advocacy director is at email@example.com.
MOTHERS was launched under the auspices
of the National Association of Mothers’ Centers
(NAMC), a non-profit, non-partisan
grassroots organization with some
3,000 members and 40 centers around
the country, particularly in the
northeast and Colorado. See www.motherscenter.org to learn about the many support
programs offered by the NAMC.
Another important national mothers’ organization
is Mothers and More, which has more
than 100 chapters and some 7,000
For information on a women's advocacy
group near you, or a national organization
involved in issues of interest to
you, check with The National Council
of Women's Organizations, at www.womensorganizations.org.
your state legislator and your member
of Congress and let them know what
Have you ever heard of the cockroach
theory? What do you think immediately
when you go into the kitchen and see
a couple of cockroaches? There must
be thousands more! This is exactly
what legislators think when they hear
from grassroots constituents -- for
every letter or email they get, they
assume there must be hundreds or more
individuals out there who think the
same way. Contacting your representatives
can be extremely influential! Especially
your state reps, who almost never
hear from real people.
The vast majority of citizens never
ask their government for anything.
This gives great power to those who
do. Women with young children are
the least likely people of all to
vote, or to write their representatives,
or to make their needs known -- and
that is exactly why so little is done
to support them. Help put a stop to
Here's a good way to start:
Contact the Women's Action Connectiv
to subscribe to a newsletter full
of good information on women's issues
currently up for consideration in
Congress. For actions directed at
Capitol Hill, you can find contact
information for your member of Congress,
including phone number and email address,
For information on state legislators
and state initiatives, contact The
National Conference of State Legislators.
The organization's human services
program tracks state efforts on a
broad range of family policy issues,
including child care. www.ncsl.org.
Also Women Legislators Lobby, a network
of progressive female state legislators,
WAND (Women's Action for New Directions)
is a grassroots group working to empower
women politically to reduce violence
and redirect resources toward human
Another exellent Women's Advocacy
Organization is Legal Momentum,
an advocacy organization based in
New York City that uses legal action
to defend women's rights. www.legalmomentum.org
Helpful Organizations and Web Sites
For information on progressive organizations
around the world, check out the website
of the Institute for Global Communications,
www.igc.org. The idea is "connecting
people who are changing the world."
This site posts news, job and volunteer
opportunities, and advocacy tips.
Women's Environment and Development
Organization, an international advocacy
group seeking to increase the power
of women worldwide. www.wedo.org
What you can