Mummy Bloggers; a 21st Century Feminism Movement?

Feminism is a word that I have found on the tip of my tongue recently. I read more stories of women treated unfairly during pregnancy. More reports about the ongoing debate around the gender pay gap. Yet as I look around there is a shift in political power towards women. With Theresa May in the top government seat, Angela Merkel leading the way in Germany and high hopes across the pond that Hillary Clinton will be the first female American President. The status of women is changing. It is a brave new world for women everywhere and we need to stand up and grab it with both hands.

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Never would I have labelled myself a feminist. Certainly not the bra burning images that sprung to mind when I first thought of feminism. But on closer inspection of the true definition of feminism I can state proudly that I am firmly in that camp. Equal opportunities for all, no one gender or race above any other. Unsurprisingly I find many of my blogger friends hold my beliefs.

Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can be intellectual equals regardless of gender. However, you should still hold the door for a feminist; this is known as respect or politeness and need have nothing whatever to do with gender discrimination. – by The Thinker-Writer January 31, 2010

Blogging has provided an excellent platform for women to share ideas as well as the highs and lows of raising a family. It has given Mum’s everywhere a voice. Advice flows freely, bad days are shared and good days are triumphed. Communities are built online providing support for both personal and professional issues. Letting all mums know they aren’t alone, that whatever they are going through someone has been there. I have received fierce and loyal encouragement from my fellow bloggers.

The rise in ‘mummy bloggers’ has increased dramatically in the last few years. Although not many are well-known outside of their own sphere many are taking on the tough feminist questions and providing new ideas and concepts. Some have developed into business owners and flourished as entrepreneurs. Proving that women can be just as successful as men on a level playing field.

The few headline successes have inspired others to take to a keyboard and add their own voices to the collective. Demanding the attention of the world to look at women’s every day struggles to have children, to raise children, to work and to mother. Highlighting the shortcomings of childcare in supporting mothers to return to work and to help change the perception of stay at home mums. Mummy bloggers everywhere have climbed on their virtual pedestal to shout: ‘Hey its not all roses over here! We need support from the government and employers to achieve our full potential. We need to be recognised for the sterling job we are doing raising the next generation’.

I know that many people are fed up of hearing the same old rhetoric from Mummy Bloggers. Hearing people say that there is a limitation in the content we can write irritates me. Most of us realise that we are never going to be superstar bloggers. That’s not why we do it. We do it to be heard, to know that we can say what we need to. Because no one can change the world overnight. But if enough people can stand up and say this needs changing then eventually it will be.

I would like to think that my daughter has been born into a world where she will believe there is no difference in what men and women can achieve. That she can reach for the stars and they can be hers. Whether she wishes to be an astronaut or a stay at home mum. Anything is achievable for her.

100 years ago no one would have believed that a woman would hold the office of Prime Minister, let alone potentially be President of The United States. Here we are on the cusp of amazing things for women and although Mummy Bloggers may not be leading the charge they are definitely giving it some momentum.

23 thoughts on “Mummy Bloggers; a 21st Century Feminism Movement?”

  • This is a really well-written post. True gender equality has a long way to go and it’s great that we can use this platform to speak out about it – and lovely that mum bloggers tend to be so supportive of each other too.

  • I love your feminism posts Zoe and I agree that we are definitely voices to be heard in the current wave of feminist discourse. I believe we can have a real say in change regarding things like maternity discrimination, as you have already proved. Keep up the good work! Loving your blog recently. #tribe

  • Great post, thank you. The blogging community for mums has helped so many of us find a voice, in different ways, and what is so amazing is how supportive it is. The inequalities we still face need to be voiced and the more we support each other in these conversations the stronger we all become. Love your blog.

  • You’ve been doing some great work on this front lately, I’m so impressed! The internet can be a complete minefield but the best thing about it is that it’s pretty much entirely uncensored – we can voice our opinions however we want. That can only be a good thing – it’s wasn’t so long ago that women’s voices were silenced.

  • Absolutely. It’s amazing to be so connected to other women going through the same experiences. Never before has it been so easy to be heard – especially for mums who wouldn’t otherwise have access to such a large community. Great post! #EatSleepBlogRT

  • I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the support and friendship other bloggers have offered me. You’re so right that in so many ways bloggers raise issues and offer solutions even if it is away from the media spotlight. I firmly believe that it is lots of small actions by lots of people change the world. #EatSleepBlogRT

  • Interesting post. I would even say so well thought through. You know what you are talking about and you are not bragging on about like some of those feminists that even women don’t listen to anymore because they are going to far. You are right about the importance of being heard and sharing our opinions. It’s so important to many of us and probably what we are all doing on a daily basis in our blogs even if sometimes we might not realise it. So proud to be a woman, a mummy blogger and a friend amongst your club lovely lady 😏 #EatSleepBlogRT

  • so well said! It is so great that we have a voice and that we are showing our daughters and other young women that we are actually intelligent, amazing and capable of making a difference to the world. #eatsleepblogRT

  • I loved this post. I think you don’t need to be a superstar blogger to inspire people. That’s why I do this, one I love the writing, 2 I love it if even a sentence of my work engages with another person, to me that is precious. Keep on being a super star! #eatsleepblogRT

  • I have read a few posts about feminism lately and like you never really considered myself to be a feminist but I am realising that yes actually I am! For me it is about freedom of choice. I want to be able to choose to do/be/think what I want and not have limitations placed on that. Blogging does give us a platform for our voice to be heard and I am very grateful for that! #EatSleepBlogRT

  • I have read a few posts about feminism lately and like you never really considered myself to be a feminist but I am realising that yes actually I am! For me it is about freedom of choice. I want to be able to choose to do/be/think what I want and not have limitations placed on that. Blogging does give us a platform for our voice to be heard and I am very grateful for that! #EatSleepBlogRT

  • This is exceptionally well written. I agree that it is so important that women can choose to stay at home if they with or to go out to work and that they should be treated fairly whatever their choice. It’s interesting that blogging has given women a voice and allowed them to raise issues and discuss these in what is usually a very supportive and tolerant community. Thanks for hosting. xx #EatSleepBlogRT

  • I love this. After a few dramatic turns of events and changes of circumstances I realised that I was firmly a feminist and I love that I have more access to people that feel the same as I do and want to get rid of the idea and concept that feminism is a dirty word! #eatsleepblogrt

  • If you would have told me two years ago I’d be mommy blogging by now I would have laughed… Hard… A lot. But my addiction to social media had to be put to good use so here I am. I agree… It’s kind of empowering. And there’s balls required (the feminist kind) to put yourself out there on such a personal level. I’m enjoying it, and I enjoyed this blog 🙂

  • Really thoughtful and well-written. I think sometimes feminism gets confused and it’s important to realise the role we all play in it and in gender equality as a whole. Good job! :o)

    Kat x

  • Brilliant post – it saddens me that true gender equality has quite a long way to go but like you I love having blogging as a platform I can share my voice. Really well-written article – thanks for hosting #eatsleepblogrt

  • This is such a great post Zoe! It is indeed a great and exciting new world for women at the moment and we should all feel proud of it. As for the limit to what mum bloggers can tight about, well I think oh just shut them all up X #eatsleepblogrt

  • Agree and I think feminism itself is being modernised at the moment through the Internet to become more relevant. I hope this will also extend to the (smaller) role stay-at-home dads can play in changing expectations on women as parents and in the workplace. Great post

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