Encore: The Inclusion of Nonparents: Critical, Universal, and Overlooked
May 31, 2022
Hosted by Christine Erickson
In today’s episode we recognize the founding and evolution of The NotMom -- its blog, social networks, and events for women without children by choice or by chance. We are happy to join the celebration of The NotMom’s upcoming 10th anniversary. We have previously discussed on the show the importance of how to come together as a collective community, engaging both childless and childfree community spaces, to influence changes in the workplace and public policy. Today, we will hear from the partners behind The NotMom: Karen Malone Wright and Laura M. LaVoie. Through their work and friendship, Karen and Laura have bridged their individual experiences of age, race, geography and living childless and childfree. They bring key insight and expertise to this conversation, and share what they have learned on their shared journey. We will also discuss how the scope of self-funded work that comprises so much of non-parents’ efforts to create real change are so often limited to what we can do as individuals or partners because our voices, concerns, and initiatives are too often not included, acknowledged, or respected, by businesses, funders, and governments. We will delve into the realities of how and why inclusion is needed within our own community and beyond, and the underlying reasons for challenges we face to achieve meaningful, impactful change.
New Legacy Radio
Tuesday at 10 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
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.
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.