All March people around the globe have been celebrating women and women in history. If you are interested in celebrating multicultural women in history you can read through the 30 amazing articles of the 2016 Women’s History Series (see below) put together by the lovely bloggers of Multicultural Kid Blogs. I have the honor of wrapping up the series, and I would like to highlight one woman that caught my attention recently who is making history.
Laura Baena, founder of Club de malasmadres (Club of Bad Mothers), dedicates her energies and passions to pioneering a new voice for modern moms. I would even say, her fight is for the modern family as a whole.
I found Laura and the malasmadres through Instagram. The fact that they were in Spain intrigued me (of course!); the fact that they were moms encouraged me; and their hilarious tongue-in-cheek propaganda (for lack of a better word) converted me to a follower.
So what is a malamadre? I’ll translate the following as best as I can:
“Club de #malasmadres con mucho sueño, poco tiempo, alergia a la ñoñería, con ganas de cambiar el mundo o al menos de morir en el intento… Madres imperfectas que luchan por no perder su identidad como mujeres, por seguir creciendo profesionalmente y desmitificar la maternidad. Conseguiremos acabar con el concepto de “superwoman”, ese que nos impone la sociedad y que no nos ayuda en nada. Porque no tenemos súper poderes ni queremos tenerlos.”
“A club of #Malasmadres (bad mothers) who are so sleepy, who have little time, who are allergic to whining, who have a desire to change the world or at least will die trying…Imperfect mothers that fight to not lose their identity as women, are continuing to grow professionally and demystify maternity. We seek to get rid of the concept of “superwoman,” that image the society imposes on us which doesn’t help us at all. Because we don’t have superpowers, neither do we want them.”
What I love about Laura Baena’s work, and the work of Malasmadres, is that they know the work is not done. They know the conversation is not over. They are keeping the dialogue ongoing–continuing to develop and define what it looks like to be a modern, and satisfied, woman.
If you’re on your smart phone, click here to watch the video above.
In an article Baena wrote on International Women’s Day she says, “The only way to advance, to arrive at a social change where the word “inequality” doesn’t exist, is reflecting, talking, constructing together a better future for those to come and a better present for those that don’t have time to wait.”
Be sure to check out their website to follow along with their current initiative: #yonorenuncio.
And their blog to hear from other mothers and get advice on all things MOM.
And remember to check out the series below to learn about other women around the globe in history!