The Matriarchy Club
The Puma PAC Matriarchy Club is organized to educate and enlighten our members, and ALL visitors, about the history of feminism. We discuss feminist writings, link to important resources pages and materials, and work together to provide contextual and nuanced answers to thorny questions like:
- What is feminism and where did it come from?
- What’s the point?
- How does feminism make life better for women?
- Why do we need feminism?
- Who are the best feminist writers and thinkers?
Please post suggestions for reading materials, websites, or other resources you think The Matriarchy Club should know about here.
We are discussing this question as posed by Murphy:
I think the interest IS there. girls in high school and college have no limits on their dreams and ambitions (not as a group — individually of course, some do — but then, so do some boys). I think we don’t think hard enough about the enormous imposition childbearing and raising children puts on ambitious and competent women in a fully modern economy. The women of West Sumatra (I’m assuming) do NOT live in a fully modern economy — cash and the marketable value of your work is of MUCH less importance to the day-to-day life of their villages.
Like it or not, the United States can’t go back to a village bartering economy (unless there’s an apocalypse or something. p.s. many feminist historians have reevaluated the “Dark Ages” of Europe as a period of wonderfulness for women, a time in which their power and value rose — may only have been “dark” for men . . .)
25 to 35 year old women hit a WALL when/if they decide to become mothers. Some women never wanted children, and surprise! they tend to be more successful/independent/free/wealthy than women who do. Some women want them but decide not to in order to pursue their personal/professional ambitions. Others make other sorts of compromises.
SO, how do we lessen the negative impact of childbearing on women who choose to have children? How do we reconcile the admittedly primitive “desire” to reproduce with success and power in a modern economy so that women stop being the only ones who suffer lifelong negative consequences of having children?