Building a Childfree + Childless Movement for Meaningful Change

March 15, 2022
Hosted by Christine Erickson

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Episode Description

With more than two decades of activism, writing and wisdom, focused on the childfree choice, Laura Carroll will share insight around her journey, and the evolution of the childfree movement. She will also discuss her recently published longitudinal research, which followed 25 women over a decade. In this episode, we will discuss the need to find ways to best bring together the childfree and childless communities, to build a shared movement for meaningful change. New Legacy Institute advocates for a collective “without children” movement, focused on the ways our experiences intersect, and identifying what impacts us most, as a collective community. We will look at both the perceived and actual differences in our experiences, and how identifying terms often get in the way of recognizing the spectrum and continuum of our shared experiences. We will consider the ways we can choose to actively bridge our communities by reflecting on our common intentions to impact social change and to influence inclusive and equitable policy initiatives. Join us for this in-depth conversation for change. Share your questions and comments before, during or after the show on any of our platforms, or email radio@newlegacyinstitute.com

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The show addresses the social, systemic, and structural realities for those who are childless/childfree and non-parents. We will discuss key issues pertaining to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as it relates to people without children. For our community, the show will offer a sense of visibility and connection, and an opportunity to be part of the change we are collectively seeking. For parents and professionals, the show will be a place to gain greater awareness around the social realities for many of their friends, family, and employees/co-workers, without children. It will be an opportunity for us all to begin to find common ground in what we want to achieve as individuals, families, and communities, which includes, and benefits us all. The show will also be an invitation for practitioners, organizations, businesses, institutions, and policymakers to join this dialogue and to honestly assess their cultures and policies, and how they impact people without children.

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Christine Erickson

Christine Erickson

Christine Erickson (she/her) is the founder of New Legacy Institute. The Institute’s purpose is to advocate for change around social realities and policy inequities faced by those who do not have children. Christine is involuntarily childless by circumstance (cxc), and touched on her experiences in her award-winning book, The Mother Within: A Guide to Accepting Your Childless Journey. (2015) A revised edition is forthcoming. Her current writing focuses on the unacknowledged impact of women who are childless/childfree due to circumstances. Christine is dedicated to advancing the diverse narratives and experiences of people without children. She is a staunch advocate of our community’s equitable inclusion and belonging in the workplace, media & entertainment narratives, and making visible the ways in which our community is impacted by culture and policy, and the change we seek. As an executive and entrepreneur, she has lived and worked globally, for the majority of her career. She is an experienced executive coach, leadership educator, and the founder of the Center for Consent-Driven Leadership. She is writing a forthcoming book: Consent-Driven: Rethinking the Culture of Leadership. Christine is an advocate for justice reform in family law and court procedures, involuntary pro se representation, and multifaceted accountability regarding violence against women. She has also consulted on international women’s law and development, gender equity and healthcare access initiatives.

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