I am a professional writer/editor in the corporate arena and the mother of two young boys, born in 2001 and 2004. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and postgraduate qualifications in Creative Writing. Although my work has been published too many times to count, it is my creative writing successes that I most value (including two novels-in-progress). Since having my first child in 2001, I have become passionate about writing that explores the responsibility, politics, joys and challenges of raising our next generation. My first parenting/gift book ‘Being Mummy’ was published in May 2007.
“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*
I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves – thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.
* Gloria Steinem