The way that society views working mothers is holding us back. It undermines our potential. It tells us that part-time or flexible jobs cannot be challenging or have meaningful leadership potential. It tells us we should scale back our ambitions. It tells us we should expect less.
Although we cannot control how society views working mothers, we can try to influence it. But to change society, we need to start by changing ourselves. Most of us have internalised some of the messages we receive from society. We have scaled back our ambitions. We have put things on hold. We have accepted that part time or flexible work means that we can’t have challenging or meaningful work.
To change society, we first need to let go of these messages that we have internalised. We need to start by questioning our own leadership capacity and look at how we can develop, in our jobs and in our community involvement. We need to fight for our right to meaningful and challenging work that fits in with how we want to parent and the time we want to spend with our children.
But we can’t do it alone. We need allies. We need to be connected with the people who are fighting the same fight. We need to be connected to the peers that will empower us on our leadership journey. The Jim Rohn quote “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with” can teach us a lot. Surround yourself with people who are dreaming bigger, and who are asking their workplaces to accommodate their dreams, and you will find strength to do the same yourself.
To kick start your leadership journey you need to join up with your like-minded friends and walk this path together. We have created the Lead Mama Lead book group to give you a format in which you can to do this. Meeting monthly to explore different aspects of leadership and how they apply to your journey. Finding support from your friends and peers.
Assemble some of your mama friends and start meeting with your allies. Start you mama leadership book group, and read along with us.
Mama Leadership Reading List for 2017
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Women Who Seize the Moment by Angela Priestly
Pivot by Jenny Blake
Extra Materials: Good Life Project Podcast interview with Jenny Blake about her book.
Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett
Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Taking on the Big Boys by Ellen Bravo
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields
Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
Reading List for 2018
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood by Rachel Power
The Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
Surround yourself with mama leaders. Start your own mama leadership book group in your local community to start a little piece of the mama leadership revolution in your corner of the world.
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