Bringing Home the ‘Bacon’ and Frying It Up in the Pan…
by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
The theme of last Saturday’s opening night event at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others, was “What do mothers make?”
The answers provided by the evening’s presenters — all women at various stages of their lives — were various, but there was a common theme: mothers make families, mothers make relationships, mothers make community.
Historically, in most societies this has been the primary role given to women — to serve as the emotional heart of families, to make the meals and make the homes that lead to strong, centered communities.
These days, in American society at least, women are expected to do all this and also be successful in their professional lives. Only the wealthiest American families can afford to have a stay-at-home parent.
In most households I know, especially among people at mid-life or younger, both parents are working hard at their jobs and also trying to sustain a healthy home life. And in most families I know, it still falls disproportionately to women to keep those home fires banked and burning bright. (more…)