An engaging new documentary, The Motherhood Manifesto, presents moving personal stories combined with humorous animation, expert commentary and hilarious old film clips to tell the tale of what happens to working mothers and families in America.
The film illustrates how enlightened employers and public policy can make paid family leave, flexible working hours, part-time parity, universal healthcare, excellent childcare, after-school programs and realistic living wages a reality for American families. Featured people include:
• Dr. Deborah Richter, a Vermont doctor and advocate who has seen patients die because they didn’t have health insurance.
• Kiki Peppard, a Pennsylvania mother who has been battling discrimination against moms for the past decade.
• Selena Allen, who had to return to work four days after she gave birth prematurely.
• Sharon Dorsett, whose son’s illness bankrupted her family even though the Dorsett’s had health insurance.
• Jim Johnson, a conservative Republican businessman who found that flexible hours and family-friendly policies can increase a company’s profits and success.
• Joya Chavarin, who knows what California’s new paid family leave law means to mothers.
• Republican pollster Frank Luntz who says that “lack of free time” is the most important issue for women with children.
• Democratic Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, a former welfare mother who works tirelessly to help working mothers.
• Angenita Tanner, a childcare provider who takes in children from families too poor to afford childcare.
We baked some ornaments (Sophia was a little confused at first and tried to eat one---it's just salt, flour, and water but not tasty). They are now painted and ready to hang. We have paper chains and cranberry/popcorn chains. The gingerbread house just needs candy and I will take a picture.