No More ‘Selfless’ Moms

No More ‘Selfless’ Moms

By WNYC Studios

Notes from America

Monday, 10 May

Erased from history. Ignored in public policy. This Mother’s Day, we ask how to truly value “motherwork.” Plus: The story of one “woke birth.”

Gates scholar and author Anna Malaika Tubbs encourages each of us to reimagine our relationships with motherhood and challenge the erasure of mothering figures - starting in the past. Her book, The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation, tells the stories of the three women who birthed, raised and shaped these changemakers.

Then, executive producer Veralyn Williams brings us a series of conversations about the decision to become a mother in the U.S. in spite of unsettling Black maternal mortality statistics.

Companion listening for this episode:

Collective Loss, Collective Care” (3/15/21)

A reflection on the remarkable ways communities have come together to take care of themselves during a year of COVID-19.

The Necessary Work” (9/7/20)

Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance tells the origin story of today’s movement to value care workers, and reporter Jenny Casas dives into the history of cleaning up after New Yorkers.

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